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Elephant Interaction & Elephant Back Ride


Activity Description

Riding is an opportunity to experience elephants from a different perspective and is conducted in a boma. It is not a safari experience. (Only for the fit and adventurous). Recommended to wear jeans or long pants. Children must be 8 years+ in order to ride 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.


Duration2 hours
WhenThis service is available all year.
WhereHartbeespoortdam Please use Booking Number as Reference on Payment Please arrive 30 min prior to start of program
WeatherThis tour will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions.
What to WearDress comfortably, long pants or jeans with flat shoes and a sun hat.
Things to BringCamera, money, sun hat & flat shoes.
Guests or SpectatorsWe have a Coffee Bar & Curio Shop where your guest can wait for you.


Minimum Age8 years
Minimum Heights0.0 m
Maximum Heights0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions- Elephant Interaction - Elephant Back Ride
ExclusionsAny additional items of a personal nature.

Customer Reviews

Awesome time had, guide and handlers were welcoming, friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable. Will definitely be coming again and definitely recommending! - Rory Stark

On behalf of my me and my works college Stephanie (that visited us from Germany), thank you, It was truly a memorable first visit for us at your beautiful sanctuary. We cannot express in words how much we truly enjoyed the experience. When you said you had chosen for us the best guide available this does not do Sam justice. His knowledge, humour and hospitality went far beyond our expectations. He truly was a wonderful guide and also a very, very nice person. Nothing was too much trouble for him and each and every question we asked was met with a warm and knowledgeable response. I could not recommend his services highly enough. He went out of his way to ensure that we had a perfect day and he well and truly delivered this. We will remember our first visit to the Elephant sanctuary forever. Many, many thanks for all your hard work and friendliness. Kindest and warm regards, Nicole Meyer - Nicole Meyer

On route to the Sanctuary, we could only find signs for monkey sanctuary. It would help if signage at the entrance and at reception could have a clearer indication of Elephant sanctuary instead of monkey sanctuary. Also GPS on the car and iPhone indicated two different areas. This all leads to confusion and wasting a lot of time to get to the venue. Especially on a very busy road that is way too small for the traffic in the area. The tour and experience all in all was wonderfull and my guests from the USA had a terrific time. The handlers were professional and the animals were in a very good condition. We can see that great care is taken of each animal.. The hotel and other vacilities are also excellent. I will refer others to this activity in future should I - Annize Raath

An excellent experience that I would highly recommend to groups of all ages. The hosts were excellent and very knowledgable about the elephants that they clearly take great care of. Thank you very to all! - Alex Platt

Had the most wonderful day ever! This experience will be one of my most favorite memories of all time. The staff were friendly and helpful. The elephant handlers were full of interesting facts and knew their subject well. They had a sense of humour and we laughed a lot. The elephants were amazing and well behaved and I learned so much that day. Would definitely do it again if given the opportunity. - Desiree Campbell

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