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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 Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Brush 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


Cost 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 YEARSADULT 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.


Duration = 90 Minutes
FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 14 YEARSADULT 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 4 – 14 years.This service takes place twice a day – (07:30, 15:30). 7 days a week

Customer Reviews

We enjoyed our elephant walk very much, got to walk side by side with this enormous gentle animal. The guides talked us through all we needed to know about these wonderful creatures. We had a chance to walk and feed these lovely elephants : Marula, Jabu and Thandi. An experience not to be missed thank you! - Walter Hoeger

We took part in the brush down experience and it was by far the highlight of our trip. We arrived at 7:30am to see the elephants wake up. We then got introduced to 3 of the female elephants and were invited to brush them down and feed them. After this we took the elephants by holding their trunks and leading them through a small wood area to an opening where each trainer spoke more about the individual elephants. After plenty of photos being taken the experience came to and end but it was the most amazing few hours. Cannot recommend this place enough and all of the trainers adore the elephants which was so lovely to see. - Deanna McIvor

Awesome. Very worthwhile. And totally in support of preserving these magnificent friends - Steve Larson

We loved every minute. The elephants were wonderful but the trainers/handlers even more so. thanks for the great work you are doing!!! - Stacy Fassberg

We thoroughly enjoyed the Elephant Brush Down Experience - it was amazing to get so close and to handle these gentle giants. The guide and all the elephant keepers were very good and informative. The video that was taken has provided us with brilliant memories of the morning. - Chris Hodge

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