Arrive at sunrise for your personal introduction to a very special family, and immerse yourself fully in the natural environment of one of Africa’s most epic creatures. The start is an early one before the elephants head off into the bush to forage in the wild. Encounters are limited to just one a day, as we have committed to giving this herd as much time in their natural environment as possible. We only accept limited number of guests per encounter in order to keep the human-animal interaction to an absolute minimum.
Nothing quite prepares you for your first encounter with the Camp Jabulani elephants. Their mammoth size and vibrant presence are always humbling. You’ll learn about their incredible story through the keepers who have walked the long road with them, and have formed lifelong bonds in the process – from the rescue and arrival of an orphaned and abandoned baby elephant, to the last-minute rescue by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre of a herd of elephants from a strife-torn Zimbabwe when their owner’s farm was expropriated by war veterans
Over the years, five babies have been born to the herd and another two orphans found in the wild were rehabilitated successfully. Your 1 hour 30 minutes experience will include the opportunity to touch a few of the elephants, exchange trunk greetings and feed them tasty treats – all while the elephant keepers share their quirky tales, unique identification marks and distinctive character traits as well as fascinating insight into their extraordinary anatomies. You’ll also get some incredible pictures!
Coffee and tea with biscuits are served for your refreshment. Following your personal Elephant Experience, you will have the opportunity to browse the small Safari Boutique stocked with a range of beautiful souvenirs.
Your visit ensures that this incredible herd continues to thrive, and acts as a source of building awareness in elephant conservation among guests from all over the world.
Duration: Half Day Tour
Departure from the lodge at 05:15am.
Includes: Elephant Interaction, return transfers from and to Sausage Tree, services of a professional tour guide and touring in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle.
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