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Adventures with Elephants

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Bela Bela 0480, South Africa
+27 14 734 7730
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Johan and Ella Koch

We loved every minute of our visit to the Elephants. Wonderful staff and very professional at all... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago
johankoch57
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Vereeniging, South Africa
Gentle giants of the bush

Such grace and elegance, to interact with these beautiful animals, up close and personal was truly... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
marlenew1973
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Offering way more than the usual “Touch and Feed’ elephant experience, Adventures With Elephants offer unique intimate hands-on educational elephant interactions, elephant-back safaris, swims on elephants, starlight safaris as well as tailor-made events such as weddings, team-building, corporate functions and filming. Info:Adventures With Elephants is an educational elephant interaction facility / venue located on a beautiful 300 hectare wildlife reserve. AWE is situated an hour’s drive north from Pretoria and is a short 35 km from Bela Bela off the R516 on the D1000 adjacent to the Zebula Country Club. Adventures With Elephants is managed by the Hensman family who have been privileged to have lived and worked with elephants since 1988 and as such offer unrivaled elephant experiences.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved every minute of our visit to the Elephants. Wonderful staff and very professional at all times. It is obvious that the Elephants are well taken care of and loved by the Handlers. Keep up your good work. Best Regards.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such grace and elegance, to interact with these beautiful animals, up close and personal was truly life changing. Each elephant has his or her own personality and traits. The handlers we so gentle and described each elephant by name and personality. 2 of the lady...More

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this 5* review & we are delighted that you loved your time here with these majestic animals & Trouble too! We hope to see you again! Kind regards The AWE Team

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Best experience ever wow, I highly recommend this to anyone who would like to experience the African wilderness in it's true sense. The staff are so experienced in training, managing and control this giants

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Thank you for your great review & we are so delighted that you enjoyed your time here at Adventures with Elephants. We hope to see you again in the future! Kindest regards The AWE Team

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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We loved this! Not only was it a ton of fun, we also learned a lot about elephants, their personalities, and their habitat. The guides and staff were very friendly, but of course you're going for the elephants...and they were the stars (and they knew...More

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Dear Collin, Thank you for your 5* review and we are super glad you enjoyed meeting the ellies. In regard the past injuries “from the way they were cared for in the past”, just to clarify that the injuries were self-inflicted by the elephants –...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We spent a lovely hour with the Zebula elephants. The guides were informed and well spoken; and really found a way to engage our children positively. Definitely recommended in the area. Book well in advance if you want to go on a ride; the encounter...More

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Thank you for the review, we really appreciate you taking the time to write to us. We are so pleased that you found the experience worthwhile & your children were able to have a great experience. We hope to see you again! Kind regards The...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Excellent informative and very interesting. Staff extremely polite and very well informed. Will definitely be back.

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you for your 5* review & we are delighted that you enjoyed yourself here! We look forward to seeing you again. Kindest regards The AWE Team

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

I celebrated my birthday by having a day to spend with these amazing animals. They are so misunderstood but amazing to learn and to change your opinion. I was blessed to play with them in the dam which is beyond my wildest dreams. LOVED EVERY...More

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Wow, thank you so much & so, so pleased that these amazing ellies were able to make your birthday unforgettable! Thank you for choosing to spend it with us! Kindest regards Jenna

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

The whole experience was amazing from start to finish. Llewelyn gave us a history of the place and what they’re trying to accomplish with elephants. David was very knowledgeable of the elephants and you could see he loved his job. I didn’t realize how much...More

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you so much for your great review! We are delighted that you had such a wonderful time here & we exceeded your expectations. Elephants always have a way of doing this!! Thank you for visiting! Kindest regards The AWE Team

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Oscar and the team made the whole experience informative with lots of fun and laughter. It was a privilege to interact with these beautiful, intelligent animals. Loved the babies!!More

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you for your 5* review & we will be sure to send your praise to Oscar too! We aim for lots of fun & even more education, so we are delighted that we met our & your expectations. Thank you again for visiting! Kindest...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

We had a brief visit on our last day in the area & although I am not overly keen on the whole interaction with animals I do admire the work they are doing here & the aim of the project as a whole. The owners...More

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2018

Thank you very much for your feedback & taking the time to write to us. We understand your opinion and we are so pleased that you were able to visit us & really see what goes on here with our conservation efforts & the care...More

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Response from FredaRandburg | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The telephone number for Adventures with Elephants: Phone: 014 734 7730
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13 October 2017|
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Response from Win_V2013 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can go by yourself. Please book before the time. We were only three people when we went. If there are other people booked on the same day, then you will just join them. It is really worthwhile going. I am going... More
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willie m
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Response from SeanElephants | Property representative |
Hello & thank you for your question. The answer is ABSOLUTELY! There is no need to be with a group to come & connect with the elephants & it's such a wonderful experience. As the previous comments suggest, you will... More
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