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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 Elephant night Shelters where they sleep. Guests learn about elephant anatomy and are able to feed them. Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera.
Children under 4 welcome and for free.
No refund will apply for online bookings that was made incorrect


ProviderElephant Sanctuary - Hartbeespoortdam
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,sunscreen and don't forget your camera with a lot of free space!
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. No refund will apply for online bookings that was made incorrect Pensioners PLEASE CALL US TO GET THE PENSIONERS RATE. DON'T BOOK ONLINE FOR PENSIONERS.


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
ExclusionsAny items of a personal nature


Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera.

Customer Reviews

What an unforgettable and truly memorable experience being a tourist in our own beautiful South Africa and coming so closely into with these gentle giants. I cannot applaud the sanctuary and all it's staff enough for the incredible work they do here! This is a MUST DO experience, suitable for all ages and will remain the best sloppy elephant kiss I have ever received! - Zhan-Mishal & Ryan Clough

Absolutely stunning!! It was an amazing experience and would recommend it to everyone. The guide was such a nice person and you could tell that the handlers have a passion for the animals. - Yolande Cronje

The tour was very informative we did the walking and feeding tour. We were very impressed! The elephants are well looked after and loved by the handlers! The venue is magnificent clean and very well done. We really had a wonderful time with the elephants standing next to, feeding and touching these beautiful creatures was one of the most amazing experiences we have had! It was really well worth the visit! Highly recommended! - Tracey Bianchi

Positives: It was an unforgettable experience! Being able to feel the elephant's breath on your hand while walking with it was indescribable. The elephant kiss was such an unexpected, unique moment. The guides were very well-informed and answered our questions confidently. It is incredible to see how they interact with the elephants and the bond that they have. The free elephant dung was a bonus! It should be advertised on the website, so that visitors are able to bring their own, sturdy big bags depending on how much they would need for their garden. (Our plants, especially the grass, are very grateful!) Negatives: We were constantly rushed during the first part of the tour, not knowing we would be coming back the same way where we would be able to take pictures and watch the elephants on our own time. Visitors should be be informed that they will have a later opportunity to do so and not worry about being rushed during the beginning of the tour. There were noisy children on our tour who weren't addressed about their behaviour. They kept pushing in in front of everyone when we were given the chance to feed the elephants. The feeding process could be more organized. The guide could have focused more on the elephant's anatomy during the second last part of the tour and not just their teeth. Overall, an unforgettable experience! - Anneke Potgieter

A fantastic experience with the elephants. My girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff [they make great photographers as well :)]. A well maintained Sanctuary However it would have been nice if one could sit on the elephant for a bit which would enhance the experience to greater levels. I also understand the dangers that come with that. - Deepesh

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