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Elephant Interaction and Ride


Activity Description

For a memorable hour, guests have the chance to interact with these enormous creatures – handing out pellets and touching the varying textures of the elephant’s trunk, tongue, skin and feet.

After the interaction, saddle-up and set off into the African bush on the back of an elephant. Enjoy a different perspective while embarking on a journey that was once a privilege reserved only for kings!


Duration1 hour 30 minutes
WhenThroughout the year, apart from Christmas Day and New Year's Day when the facility is closed.
WhereElephant Whispers is in Hazyview, next to Hippo Hollow Hotel on the R40. GPS Co-Ordinates: SOUTH -25° 1’ 39.2268” | EAST 31° 7’ 30.9822”
WeatherThe activity may be delayed, or have to be rescheduled should there be a thunderstorm or heavy rain.
What to WearCool comfortable clothing. Please bring a light jacket or jumper during the cool winter months. It is more comfortable to wear long trousers and closed shoes when riding the elephant. Sunhat
Things to BringCamera with a spare memory card and extra batteries Mosquito repellent for the early mornings and late afternoons.
Guests or SpectatorsVisitors not partaking in the activity are welcome to wait at Reception, unfortunately they will not be able to watch the Elephant activity.


Minimum Age4 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight120.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsInteraction and Elephant Ride

Items of a personal nature


Please note that children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who is over 21 years of age.

Guests will be given a safety briefing and will be required to sign an indemnity before meeting the Elephants.

Customer Reviews

Riding elephants was the top activity my 7-year old daughter wanted to do while in South Africa. The experience didn't disappoint! We learned a lot about elephants, and enjoyed our family ride. Just as importantly, we were encourage by seeing how well the staff treats these animals with their positive reinforcement approach. - David Cutler

My Daughter and two Grandaughters from Dallas Texas thoroughly enjoyed the experience and interaction with the elephants and said that it was one of the highlights of their visit to South Africa. - John Watson

We came to have some idea how it would be as next year we intend to come with our (grand)children. We thought the interaction was extremely iteresting en informative and so very special to be able to touch an elephant, get much explained and ride one in the end. Very special and we thank you for your existence! Will see you next year. Best wishes, Otto and Alexandra van den Bosch from the Netherlands. - Van Den Bosch


An amazing exceptional experience and worth every penny and more! The rangers were friendly, knowledgeable and certainly went the extra mile. I would definitely go a second time and would recommend this experience to one and all! Thanks so much - an unforgettable encounter indeed! - Jacky

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