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Elephant Sanctuary

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Animal Alley | Portion 10 of Farm Kirbywood, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8145
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Fantastic place

We visited the Elephant park and were amazed at the elephants we were able to get close to, feed... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Debra H
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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A must for animal lovers

We enjoyed our hands on experience with the elephants. We walked trunk in hand with them and got to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandra T
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Northern Cape, South Africa
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Animal Alley | Portion 10 of Farm Kirbywood, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
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+27 44 534 8145

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited the Elephant park and were amazed at the elephants we were able to get close to, feed and touch with supervision from a guide. We felt very safe amongst the animals. They are all rescue elephants so are used to humans nearby. I...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our hands on experience with the elephants. We walked trunk in hand with them and got to touch them and feed them. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Great experience!

Thank Sandra T
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your visit and for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor - please visit again soon! Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome experience with fantastic and nice guides. A once in a lifetime experience. I highly recommend paying extra to ride the elephants as it’s amazing.

Thank Ryan C
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your visit and for recommending our facility - please visit again soon! Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in Plettenberg so arrived around 10am. There were only two of us for the whole tour. We got to walk with the elephants, pat them and at the end feed them. There were 5 elephants but two were put in a separate...More

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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your visit and for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor - please visit again soon! Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You will never be able to have the chance to get so up close and personal with these wonderful creatures. The elephants are so well looked after and the guides very knowledgeable. Walking “hand and tail” with them was an unforgettable experience. The option to...More

Thank PezzerW4
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with others. Hope to see you soon again! Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place does what it says on the tin: you will get to walk the elephants by holding their trunks, pat them, feel their various bits, take photos with them, and feed them fruits. They have 5 elephants in total but only 3 are deemed...More

Thank VdM117
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Your candour is appreciated - Yes, our tours aree educational e.g. we allow our guests to see the bottom of an elephant's foot, but NO we do not do party tricks with our elephants. Thank you for your visit - your money spent is definitely...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a present for my husband and I and wow we were so happy we did it ! The staff are amazing and so knowledgeable and clearly love their job and the elephants. It was such an honour to walk along hand in trunk...More

Thank Pajan2
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Your recommendation & visit is much appreciated! Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good opportunity to get photos, but it feels a lot like being in a circus. The elephants are very tamed and whilst living in a reasonable enclosure, it’s still not even remotely a normal environment to view them

Thank Nick H
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Our enclosure consist of 27 hectares of indiginous forest and grasslands.... Friendly Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We weren't sure about this visit but really glad we went. We just went with the standard visit for about 290 ZAR and bought a bucket of food to feed the elephants. Guides were friendly and funny. Tractor takes you to the start where you...More

Thank James B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tend to shy away from facilities like these...but in this case we are so glad we did it...and not just for the experience but also to support what is clearly a wonderful organization, and cause. The animal's caregivers are amazing.

Thank Buz S
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing your experience & insight with others! Greetings The Elephant Team

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DiverDar
January 3, 2018|
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Response from Debbie W | Reviewed this property |
There are a number of elephant parks that you can visit in South Africa. Check out these websites: elephantsanctuary - Plettenberg Bay knysnaelephantpark - Knysna elephantsantuary - Hartebeespoort Places to stay in these... More
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DiverDar
January 3, 2018|
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Response from Lida S | Reviewed this property |
This elephant sanctuary is a privately owned venue near Plettenberg Bay. We stayed in Plettenberg overnight at a b&b which was gorgeous and very affordable. There are lots of accommodations in Plettenberg Bay. If... More
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Rperi
August 1, 2017|
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Response from ManagementESP | Property representative |
Pre booking (at least two weeks in advance) is essential to ensure availability during peak season . Pre booking is also advised for out of season visits due to group limits imposed. 'Walk in' guests are always welcome... More
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