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Elephant Interaction


Activity Description

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. Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera. Elephant Back Riding is a optional activity.
Children under 4 welcome and for free.


DurationOpen Ended
WhenThis tour is available all year.
WhereHartbeespoortdam Please use Invoice Number as Reference on Payment Please arrive 30 min prior to start of program
WeatherThis tour will only be canceled in extreme weather conditions.
What to WearComfortable clothing, sun hat and flat shoes for the walk.
Things to BringSun hat, money and don't forget your camera.
Guests or SpectatorsOnly booked guests can join the tour or they are welcome to wait for you at the Coffee Bar at the Monkey Sanctuary.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsElephant Interaction experience
ExclusionsElephant Back Ride that can be booked as a combo with the Interaction


Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera. The Elephant Back Ride can be booked as a combo with the Interaction.

Customer Reviews

I had my doubts regarding this interaction and it turned out great! The staff are all great and very knowledgeable. They are awesome photographers too!! I was worried handing them my camera, one guide assured me that they do this every day - skeptically I handed him my camera only to find that my photos were almost better than what I took! They are really great at capturing the magical moments. Unfortunately we had 2 groups that were late for the interaction in our group and they left during the interaction as well. They made us wait outside - I used the time to take photos of the event facility - which is awesome by the way. The other few of our group were eyeing the monkeys as they were all over the place bubbling with curiosity. Customers should really understand the importance of being on time and scheduling themselves enough time to be there well in advance and to complete the entire tour. Our Guide had to scramble around to try and find other guides to escort the groups out of the facility. Really the Elephant Sanctuary team was great it was just disrupted by other Guests with absolutely poor timing and making a joke out of it for being late - such behavior should be fined or denied to continue their interactions. Thank you for my great tour. I loved the snotty sloppy kiss. Seeing the difference between an elephant chasing a car in Kruger and these gentle giants at the Sanctuary gives you a much better perspective on how these animals go by their day to day activities and stand their ground when they need to. Very educational. Would recommend this tour to anyone. The elephants are not chained up or cooped up in small metallic holdings. The elephants do not look stressed and is very well behaved. The guides also speak to the elephants in a very respectful way and do not hit the elephants.At least the elephants are well taken care of and that gives me peace of mind. - Chantelle Mc Seveney

What a great experience. All the stories are true... the direct contact with the elephants, the very good guides and caretakers of the elephants. It was perfect. Thank you very much!! - Susan Janssen

The experience was so amazing to be around God's beautiful creation. Thank you for granting us the opportunity for that experience. - Keshini Michael

We loved every moment of the interaction. Our guide was superb, gave interesting and accurate information and answered questions well! The handlers were well trained and even when the elephants got upset and we couldn’t do the hand-in-trunk walk, they made me and my son in the midst of the elephants running, felt safe! I would recommend to anyone!! We are so blessed in Africa to be able to enjoy this experience with our own beautiful gentle giants! - Carina Nieuwenhuis

What a wonderful and awesome experience. The tour guide was well informed and information received was very informative.We had such blast and I would recommend this to everyone. This is definitely one of those items you have to add on your bucket list. Interacting with those majestic animals just makes one appreciate nature and wild life more. - Sanet Breet

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