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Elephant Brush Down Experience

Plettenberg Bay

Activity Description

Guided Tour (trained Elephant Guide). Full Elephant Introduction in Forest and tour of the Sanctuary and Stables. Touching and interacting with Elephants. Walking hand-in-trunk with Elephants. Feeding (Elephant Food of R30.00 included). The opportunity to purchase a DVD in full HD of your experience with the Elephants.

Guests are guided on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary. Guides will provide in-depth information and insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to our elephants in the forest area, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. You will see the special relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants and become a part of it. Walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants. See the stables where the elephants sleep at night. Guests learn about elephant anatomy and are able to feed them. On some hot or rainy days you may see the elephants swimming. Enjoy a drink and visit our curio shop. Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera. Brushing the elephants down is offered on the Elephant Brush down Experience Tour which starts at 07h30 and 15h30. Elephant Back Riding is a stand-alone activity or an optional extra. We offer various tours depending on the duration and intensity of experience you desire. The different tours are listed below with summaries as to what to expect and the rates.


DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year round
WhereELEPHANT SANCTUARY, THE CRAGS, PLETTENBERG BAY: Animal Alley, The Crags, off the N2 near Natures Valley next to Monkeyland
WeatherThis service is not weather dependant
What to WearComfortable clothes
Things to BringCamera
Guests or SpectatorsCurio Shop Available


Minimum Age4 years
Minimum Heights0.0 m
Maximum Heights0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsBrush Down Experience ·         Brushing the Elephants ·         Touching and interacting with Elephants ·         Walking hand-in-trunk with Elephants ·         Feeding (Elephant Food of R30.00 included) ·         The opportunity to purchase a DVD of your experience with the Elephants
ExclusionsCost of DVD; Elephant Back Riding optional add-on. This tour can only be offered first and last tour of the day (07:30, 15:30). FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 14 YEARS – ADULT PRICES APPLY. PLEASE NOT THAT CHILDREN’S AGES WILL BE VERIFIED ON ARRIVAL. Children must be minimum of 8 years old to ride elephants. Child Prices apply for children 8 – 14 years.

Customer Reviews

A lovely, fun experience which is worth doing. The elephants are gorgeous and an absolute delight. - Heather & Iain Smith

Brilliant! Great to get so close to the animals. The activity was very well organised and the guides very knowledgable! I would definitely do it again!, - Lisa Ashley

What a fantastic experience. Getting so close to such extraordinary animals was a real privilege. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and answered all our questions, and were great with the kids. We all had a wonderful time and I couldn't recommend this highly enough. - Eleanor Toohey

We've been to other "Elephant Tours" and wanted to go to something "new" for us. Our daughter, who lives in China, visited us recently and after reviewing different sources decided to go with her family to your Sanctuary. They we're so very much impressed from the beginning to the end especially about the guide with all the valuable information they received from him. Hearing this from our quite critical family members, we also decided to go and take the opportunity to visit the "Elephant Sanctuary" We took friends with us who have never been to SA . before. They along with my husband and myself will never forget that day- although it was quite rainy it was a most wonderful and impressive experience . We all wish you and your crew all the best especially in the caring of those wonderful creatures. Thank you - Judith von Prockl-Stadler

This truly was an experience of a lifetime. It was a great shame that the weather was not kinder to us, but even the persistent rain could not spoil the experience. We all felt that we learnt a lot about these beautiful animals and will remember it for a long time. Our son who was 11 had a big smile on his face throughout the whole experience. - David Brown

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