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Elephant Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience and elephant back riding. We offer hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides our guests with a far more intimate experience with the elephants. Our dedicated staff is committed to the use of positive reinforcement elephant training methods and as a result, we have relaxed elephants who enjoy interacting with our guests.

Elephant Tour Overview

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.


Elephant Back Riding

Riding is an opportunity to experience elephants from a different perspective. It is not a safari experience. (Only for the fit and adventurous). Wear jeans or long pants. Guests may choose Elephant Back Riding without doing an Elephant tour or they may add it onto any of the Elephant tours. Children must be 8 years+ in order to ride elephants. The Elephant Ride is bareback and is only for a short duration of approx 10-15 minutes.

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Rates:  2018/2019

Walk trunk in hand with Elephants Tour

(08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30)

Duration: 1 hour (approx)

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 Elephant

1 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019

Adults: R625.00
Children: R310.00 (4-14yrs)

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Elephant Back Riding

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(Optional Add-on to Elephant Interaction Program or stand alone.)

A short bare-back ride (10-15 minutes).  Children must be minimum of 8 years old to ride elephants.

1 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019

Adults: R625.00
Children: R480.00 (8-14yrs)

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Full Elephant Experience Tour

(08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30) 7 days a week.

Duration:  1 Hour 15 min tour.

Guided Tour (trained elephant Guide). Full Elephant Introduction in Forest. Touching and interacting with Elephants. Walking hand-in-trunk with Elephants. Feeding (Elephant Food of R30.00 included). Includes Elephant Back Riding. Should an adult guest be unable to ride deduct R400.00 from the Cost. The opportunity to purchase a DVD of your experience with the Elephants.

1 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019

Adults: R1,250
Children: R795.00 (8-14yrs)

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Elephant Brush down Experience Tour

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(07:30, 15:30). 7 days a week

Duration: 90 minutes

Guided Tour (trained elephant Guide). Full Elephant Introduction in Forest and tour of the Sanctuary and Stables. 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.

Excludes: 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).

1 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019

Adults: R775.00
Children: R350.00 (4-14yrs)

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Two Informative Wildlife Programs

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Enjoy two informative wildlife programs with this discounted self-drive combination program in The Crags. Learn about the indigenous wild cats of South Africa and walk trunk in hand with African Elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary.

Other discount vouchers and promotions cannot be used in conjunction with this promotion.

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Elephant keeper for a day

The Elephant Sanctuary team is proud to offer a new and highly innovative Full Day Guided elephant experiential program where you, our guest, are immersed into A Day in the Life of an African Elephant. The full day program is presented at the Elephant Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay and offers guests the opportunity to get close-up and personal with an African Elephant in an experiential learning environment.

The full day program focuses on the Care, Management, Behaviour and Husbandry of the resident herd of African Elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary. The program commences at 07h30 in the morning with a day filled with intrigue and wonder, walking in the footsteps of these giants. The program concludes at +- 17h00 in the afternoon. This is a full day of learning about the African Elephant.

During this “Big Foot” experience you will be treated to tea, coffee and a morning snack on arrival. During this time you will be given an Orientation as to how your day will unfold. The morning is dedicated to the principles of care, management and husbandry of an African Elephant. You will observe the early morning activity of elephant exercises and be involved in the various activities of cleaning and preparatory feeding of the elephants, the identification features of the various members of the herd and participation in the Classic Trunk-In-Hand experience. A finger lunch will be served at midday.

After lunch we will look at typical behavioural aspects associated with the resident elephant herd and how they associate with one another, each with their own characters. We observe the elephant’s interactions and note the associated behaviours and how these behaviours relate to human behaviour. Tea, coffee and scones or muffins are served mid-afternoon. The program “wraps up” with a final contact with the Elephants at approximately 15h00, a Q & A session, and presentation of a Certificate of Participation

Be prepared for an experience of a life-time. Be prepared to gain knowledge and a greater appreciation of an elephant’s “world” and the beauty of the largest land mammal in the world. We would advise you bring comfortable walking boots or shoes that can become dirty, a hat, a windbreaker / jacket and a desire to be enthralled by all the “Big-Foot” members of the Elephant Sanctuary’s resident Elephant herd.

FULL DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN AFRICAN ELEPHANT.

Enquire for available time slots. All departures are subject to availability. Minimum age of 8 years old permitted with parents present. A maximum of 10 participants daily are permitted on the program.

The Day in the Life of an Elephant program prices include our full day experience, morning and afternoon tea and coffee sessions, a finger lunch, bottled water and the full attention of a personal guide. Prices exclude transport to and from the Elephant Sanctuary, curios and items of a personal nature.

1 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019

ELEPHANT KEEPER FOR A DAY (Full day program)

Adults: R 1,900.00
Children: R 1,300.00(4 - 14 yrs.)

Programme

Morning (principles of care, management and husbandry)

  • Observe elephant exercises,
  • Partake in cleaning and preparatory feeding of the elephants,
  • Learn the identification features of the various herd members, and
  • Participate in the Classic Trunk-In-Hand experience.

Afternoon (Elephant typical behavioural aspects & association with one another)

  • Observe elephant interaction
  • Learn to note associated behaviours & those relatable to human interaction
  • Interact with the the various herd members, and
  • Partake in the night brushing and stabling of our elephants, a Q & A session, and video presentation of your experience


Includes (Elephant typical behavioural aspects & association with one another)

  • Morning beverage & snack (tea /coffee with muffins),
  • Lunch (finger lunch platter worth R350-00),
  • Afternoon beverage & snack (tea /coffee with muffins),
  • Stationary (work booklet and writing pad),
  • Opportunity to buy a DVD of your experience
  • Certificate of attendance


Excludes

  • Cost of DVD
  • Transport to and from the Sanctuary

Please Note: All departures are subject to availability. Minimum age of 8 years old permitted with parents present. Minimum of 4 & maximum of 10 participants daily permitted on the program.

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1/2 a day Elephant keeper 

(Half day program)

Adults: R1,300.00
Children: R900.00 (4 - 14 yrs.)

Programme - choose either of the

Morning Session (principles of care, management and husbandry)

  • Observe elephant exercises,
  • Partake in cleaning and preparatory feeding of the elephants,
  • Learn the identification features of the various herd members, and
  • Participate in the Classic Trunk-In-Hand experience.
  • Enjoy a video presentation of your experience

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Afternoon (Elephant typical behavioural aspects & association with one another)

  • Observe elephant interaction
  • Learn to note associated behaviours & those relatable to human interaction
  • Interact with the the various herd members, and
  • Partake in the night brushing and stabling of our elephants, a Q & A session, and video presentation of your experience

Includes (Elephant typical behavioural aspects & association with one another)

  • Beverage & snack (tea /coffee with muffins),
  • Stationary (work booklet and writing pad),
  • Certificate of attendance, and an
  • Opportunity to buy a DVD of your experience

Excludes

  • Cost of DVD
  • Transport to and from the Sanctuary

Please Note: All departures are subject to availability. Minimum age of 8 years old permitted with parents present. Minimum of 4 & maximum of 10 participants daily permitted on the program.

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Conferencing/Team Building

Rates on request

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Cancellation Policy:

7 days or less – 25% of the deposit/total amount paid.
48 hours or less – 50% of the deposit/total amount paid.
24 hours or less – 100% of the deposit/total amount paid.
In event of the client already started the program but decided to stop or not continue with the activity there will be NO REFUND

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