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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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WE HAD BEEN TO SEE GAME BUT MISSED THE ELEPHANTS, GOT LOTS HER!

The tour starts with a short video of the history of the sanctuary and the good work it does. Then... read more

Reviewed today
laylapretoria
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United Kingdom
Getting up close to elephants - magical!

This was a real little gem of a place. The sanctuary has elephants which have been rescued for... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Newz888
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent62%
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  • Average8%
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“gentle giants” (21 reviews)
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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 today

The tour starts with a short video of the history of the sanctuary and the good work it does. Then an open bus to meet, touch and feed the ten elephants. Don't be fooled that these are cuddly creatures, they are still wild and rules...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This was a real little gem of a place. The sanctuary has elephants which have been rescued for various reasons. Visitors take turns to hold the elephants trunks and go for a walk. That was fabulous. Then we walked into a small clearing and the...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

thank you for you lovely support and for what your doing for these eliphants to all staff from the eliphant sanctuary.Greetings from me lorenzo Wabanie from Protea hotel knysna.

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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your visit and comments - It was a pleasure hosting you Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coming here was a real treat for the family, we got to touch the elephants with our bare hands and the whole experience was incredible. We took photos and really enjoyed it. Support local family businesses <3

Thank YajnaGold
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Your review and visit is much appreciated- hope to see you again soon! Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Was an awesome experience being so up and close to these beautiful animals, especially walking hand in trunk . I could sense a very good relationship between the elephants and their handlers ( who have a wealth of knowledge about elephants, of course).

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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your visit and positive review - please visit soon again! Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

I came here thinking that a sanctuary was for the welfare of Elephants. I asked if they did rides and was told "No" so paid my money. As I got my ticket a group of 4 people arriived saying "you do rides here, as another...More

Thank Christine F
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Thank you for your visit - yes, we are indeed a safe haven for destitute elephants. We provide for educational tours and also cater for responsible short elephant rides. Friendly Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 26 May 2018

An absolute delight to have the opportunity to interact with these amazing animals.The keepers/ carers were very informative about each elephant, and by the way the elephants react they obviously have a very good relationship with each other. We walked, feed and were very much...More

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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Your visit and review is appreciated Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 25 May 2018

It was a overwhelming experience seeing how well the elephants were looked after. At the time of visiting they had 5 elephants but with provisions for 9. We were able to walk with an elephant and have photographs taken. We did not ride the elephant...More

Thank Rosebud388
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Your visit and review are much appreciated Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

The employees/tour guides at the Elephant sanctuary are very knowledgeable and caring. They talk about the elephants as if they are family friends. We did not do the long tour, only the elephant ride. It was a short ride but definitely a once in a...More

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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Your visit and review is appreciated Greetings The Elephant Team

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Reviewed 19 May 2018

You get up close with the elephants and spend plenty of time getting to know this awesome mammal. The elephant keepers are very knowledgeable of how elephants live.

Thank Terry M
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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2018

Thanks for your visit Greetings The Elephant Team

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DiverDar
3 January 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
3 January 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
31 July 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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