Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary

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Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary

Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary
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The Wild Horizons Elephant Encounter - Walk With Giants affords guests the opportunity to unobtrusively interact with some of the biggest personalities in Africa, in a pristine wilderness environment overflowing with raw natural beauty. Guests spend time and connect with elephants in the most positive and natural way possible. The Wild Horizons Elephant Art Safari offers an eco conscious and unique elephant experience, brought to life by the artistic strokes of your fingertips, while surrounded by the African bush.
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Beverly S
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Absolutely amazing experience. Short drive by guide where we were let off in the bush. Less than 100 ft and we were next to Coco, the Matriarch and her friends. We learned how to greet her via touching her knee and ears and then trunk. Her eyes were so soft and she was huge. Then we walked with them and eventually fed them their afternoon biscuits of vitamins/minerals. The staff was professional and informative. This was one of the top 3 animal adventures in my life time (seeing Mtn Gorillas in Rawanda, diving with a Dolphin in Cabo, and this). I could have stayed all day. OUTSTANDING
Written 1 July 2022
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BardAdmirer
Fairfax Station, VA165 contributions
I love elephants so the chance to meet the elephants and spend time with them was one of the highlights of my trip. We were picked up at the restaurant where we had lunch and taken out to the Sanctuary. We were given a safety briefing before setting out to meet the elephants. Luckily the elephants were nearby so we didn't have to spend much time getting to them. We were introduced to each elephant and given a bit of their story. The staff with them was very knowledgeable and good at passing that knowledge along. We had the opportunity to take lots of pictures of the elephants and of us with the elephants - a truly amazing thing to be so close to these wonderful animals. After spending some time walking with them the elephants headed over to the feeding spot because they knew they would get treats. Each elephant had a different style of getting the treats which was quite fun. Jock, the big bull, used his trunk like a vacuum cleaner and sucked the pellets right off your hand. One of the ladies liked to have the pellets poured down her trunk. It was fun to see their personalities come out.
After our visit with the elephants we headed back to the main area for drinks and snacks. We got to spend a good amount of time with the ellies, but I would have gladly spent all day with them. The lodge has a gift shop if you want to buy anything with the proceeds supporting the Sanctuary. The only part of the visit I didn't enjoy was the somewhat hard sell to buy a very expensive copy of the pictures they took during our visit. I opted instead to buy a small piece of art that had been made by one of the elephants - Emily had ink put on the bottom of one foot and then stepped on a piece of paper to leave her footprint. That print is much more meaningful to me than the extra pictures would be.
We had a lovely time with the elephants and I highly recommend the experience. We will visit again when we come back to Vic Falls.
Written 12 June 2022
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Michelle47303
Indianapolis, IN18 contributions
We did the breakfast tour and loved it. These elephants are so gentle and tolerant of people touching them. Walking with these majestic beasts seemed surreal. The staff takes great care of them and makes sure you have a memorable experience.
Written 29 May 2022
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Bethany Poole
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We visited the Elephant Sanctuary in March 2022. The experience was amazing. The elephants magnificent. The staff at the sanctuary were very knowledgeable, kind and safety conscious. My only complaint is with management. We were booked/paid for the Elephant Encounter. Due to a mix up in picking us up that morning, we missed the Elephant Encounter and instead were placed in the Elephant Experience by default. I am still waiting on my partial refund and have had no correspondence from management in nearly three weeks now. I am hoping our experience with management is the exception and not the rule. If you are looking for an exceptional experience with meeting elephants and compassionate and knowledgeable keepers, I would highly recommend Wild Horizons.
Written 29 March 2022
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AnneBC37
Florence, Italy6 contributions
Loved the interaction with the elephants. So fun to touch them, and realize they don't feel as you think they do when seeing them at a distance. But feeding them was the best: whether as a vacuum, from the top or throwing it into their mouths. Each had a different preference in terms of how to be fed. Our only disappointment was not seeing a baby, as they rotate the herds and the day we could attend was not the day for the babies. Oh well, next time. And the staff were so friendly-and so so knowledgeable. If you love elephants in the wild, you should definitely visit the sanctuary.
Written 15 April 2021
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Bel M
Sydney, Australia655 contributions
We booked this tour as a bit of a fill in day and while majority of it was fantastic, there were some parts that weren't so great
Picked up on time, not that long of a drive until we arrived. Drinks when we arrived - service and great and friendly

Out onto the jeep to take us to the elephants. Had a ranger with a rifle, although not sure how much for show this is as we had just finished a 2 week safari and they didn't have a rifle with them

Found the elephants where we walked through to bush to catch up with them. They are very protective of you to ensure that you are safe at all times and try and position the elephants so that you can get pictures
We took turns having our pictures taken beside the elephants and it was all structured and managed very well - so total credit to them making it seamless and easy

Then we got to hand feed the elephants after a demonstration, and great that we could keep doing it until the food ran out. They had clothes for us to wash our hands afterwards which was most appreciated

When we were walking with the elephants however, unlike some of the other places we had visited, it felt like they were just there for us and to make a profit out of them. Maybe they weren't, but whilst we were initially excited to do the tour, afterwards we felt maybe it wasn't the right thing to do

After the tour, they take you make for more drinks (all included - beer and soft drink as well!) and then bundle you into a room to show you the video that was made as part of the tour and photos, both available to purchase. We did purchase the DVD which was delivered to our hotel later that night, but when we got home and played it the quality of it was horrific - certainly didn't look like the flashy version that we were showed. Was also labelled wrong and not what our tour was.
Definite waste of money and suggest take enough of your own photos and don't bother with their one

Also, Nice gift shop available with lots of different elephant stuff
Written 1 July 2020
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Leana M
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe193 contributions
Friends
The Elephant sanctuary is a wonderful place to visit exceptional activity to do the team is very professional and helpful very knowledgeable they have a good relations and interaction with the giants
The briefing very informative as well as safety briefing
The short drive into the bush heading for the giants and starting to walk to meet the giants awesome l
Loved every move the walks with elephants touch them for real feeding them interesting l had never dreamt touching an elephant this is great exciting adventure integrates well Jumbo the male giant and Cocco the female lovely baby surprise
Feeding time adventurous speaking direct to the giants what a great moment
Activity to do in vicfalls will ever recommend friends and relatives wouldn’t mind to spent the whole day
Thumbs up to the whole team
Written 28 February 2020
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Tworetiredwanderers
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Couples
When we participated in the Wild Elephant encounter it was at the beginning of our trip so we had no idea what to expect. From the moment we arrived we were treated as royalty with welcome drinks and a tour of the sanctuary. We climbed into the Jeep, started driving out to the to find the elephants and we were treated to a mini game drive as we passed birds and a beautiful Kudu just off the road. Having the opportunity to meet, touch, wall with and feed the elephants was by far a highlight of our trip. The guide, handlers and videographer were very professional. We have shared our video with several family and friends and they are always amazed. Make sure you go here when you are in Victoria Falls. It was awesome!
Written 14 January 2020
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María H
Cape Town Central, South Africa20 contributions
Couples
Amazing,amazing, amazing. Elephants are my favorite animals and I could not wait for the encounter. It was better than I imagined. The staff that walks with you is very knowledgeable of the animals and can tell they have a relationship with the animals. The animals are beautiful and very well cared for. They drive you out to the bush where you walk to where the elephants are. When you get their they will tell you about each elephant, get to pet them and take pictures with them, go for a short walk with them and then feed them.

I would have liked the interaction to be longer but also could have spent all day just walking with them and watching them in their natural habitat.
Written 13 January 2020
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markmT7394FL
Alice Springs, Australia4 contributions
Friends
WOW, from start to finish this trip with a mixture of youngsters and those young at heart has been amazing. The service we received from everyone at the Elephant camp & Wild Horizon staff in general has been exceptional. Lifelong memories were created for the first timers to this beautiful part of the world.

Thank you to all the people from Wild Horizons who have made it so special.
Written 9 January 2020
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