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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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Rather disappointing

Unfortunately this is more of a tourist attraction than a sanctuary. They have only 5 elephants out... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tim R
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Breathtaking personal experience

This is something I have been looking forward to for months now and it didn’t fail to amaze me... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MelissaJayne92
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Animal Alley | Portion 10 of Farm Kirbywood, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately this is more of a tourist attraction than a sanctuary. They have only 5 elephants out of which 3 are “suitable” for the tourists. Those 3 then have an hourly schedule to be shown to groups of up 20 people. The shows include feeding,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is something I have been looking forward to for months now and it didn’t fail to amaze me. This place is wonderful, the cafe for the elephants is fantastic, there are 25 members of staff to just 5 elephants, all of which are orphans...More

Thank MelissaJayne92
ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your recommendation & sharing your experience - hope to see you soon again! Greetings The Elephant Team

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend it. Very interesting and our guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining.

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

Thank you for recommending us. Greetings The Elephant Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this walk with the Elephants. Well worth a visit . We arrived at the reserve and you are meet by a guid who then takes you out to the elephants(don't forget to buy the Vegtables bucket ) the elephants are all waiting for you...More

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

Thanks for your visit Greetings The Elephant Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Elephant Sanctuary and had a fabulous experience. My friend had never seen an elephant and she loved being up close and personal with them - walking with them, touching them, learning about them, feeding them. It is well run and a must...More

Thank 996christinen
ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We also appreciate follow-up visits - glad you enjoyed the experience! The Elephant Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hubby and I did the ‘walk hand in trunk’ experience and loved it. The guides/staff were excellent - really knowledgable and great with the human guests, by more importantly they were superb with the elephants. We learnt so much and it was an incredible experience...More

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

Thank you for making the effort to come and meet our Elephants. It was a pleasure hosting you! Greetings The Elephant Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This “sanctuary” feels like the owner realised that circuses were out of fashion, and so used the pretence of rescuing vulnerable elephants to achieve the same ends. The elephants in the park had been there for 20 years, and had it been a genuine protection...More

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

Your disappointment is regretted. Provision for a higher turnover of elephants under our care would unfortunately entail denying our current herd the much needed safe haven and care that we provide for and thus would derail our animal welfare & rehabilitation efforts. Physically and psychologically...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can’t rate this experience highly enough we had an awesome time here. We walked hand in trunk with the elephants and then the trainers told us about them and we got some pictures taken with them - they were all rescued from the wild as...More

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

So glad you could find the time to visit our elephants, and thank you for your positive response. Greetings The Elephant Team.

Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

This a great place to take children over 8 years old. It is well run you get videoed So have a record of your visit. Kids love it and very safe

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

Your visit is appreciated. Greetings The Elephant Team

Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

We ventured to the elephant sanctuary on our way to our game reserve that we were staying on and it was one of my families favourite event on the our trip to South Africa. We did the brush down experience and got up close and...More

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

Thank you for recommending visiting our Sanctuary & our Brush down experience. Your visit is appreciated. 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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