The Elephant Sanctuary
Elephant Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience, elephant back riding and overnight accommodation. 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 that 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.
Outdoor Wood-burning Pizza Oven
Enjoy a pizza cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven just before or after an elephant tour.
Walk trunk in hand with Elephants Tour:
(08h00; 09h00; 10h00; 11h00; 12h00; 13h30; 14h30; 15h30)
Duration: one hour (approx)
Guided Tour (fully 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. Excludes: Cost of DVD; Elephant Back Riding which is an optional add-on.
Elephant Back Riding
(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.
Full Elephant Experience Tour
(08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30)
7 days a week. 1 Hour 15 min tour. Guided Tour (fully 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. The opportunity to purchase a DVD of your experience with the Elephants Excludes: Cost of DVD.
Elephant Brush down Experience Tour
(07:30, 15:30). 7 days a week.
Duration: 90 minutes. Guided Tour (fully 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).