Located on a beautiful wildlife reserve situated just an hour and a half drive north from Pretoria, adjacent to Zebula Golf Club, Adventures With Elephants is managed by the Hensman family who have been extremely privileged to have lived and worked with elephants since 1988. They offer you the thrill of hands-on interactions with these magnificent pachyderms and invite you into the elephant’s world where you can learn more about elephants in this unique manner whilst witnessing the elephant’s intelligence, compassionate nature and delight in interacting with their human companions. The friendly, experienced and qualified elephant handlers will share their in-depth knowledge and passion for their charges with you our guest, in this unrivalled and extraordinary experience. Educational Interactions, Safaris, Swims & Tailor-Made Activities. More than just a “touch and feed” activity, our comprehensive interactions aim for each of our visitors to experience, acutely, the intellect and warmth of our gentle giants. Imagine watching an elephant in the wild, or even on television. Now try imagining what the skin feels like, or the tongue, or the surprisingly soft sole of the foot. How about the unique smells. Or the sound of an elephant rumble. Imagine all this whilst experiencing how relaxed, caring and intelligent these animals really are. Our unique hands-on interactions allow you to stop imagining and really get to know elephant better. Our qualified, experienced and friendly elephant guides will introduce you to each of our five elephants, Mussina, Shan, Nuanedi, Chova and Chishuru and show you remarkable aspects of each individual and of the species as a whole. We run a responsible tourism operation that offers the highest level of elephant care, food requirements, hygiene and environmental enrichment. Through playful methods, we guarantee you a day of inspiration and the start of a lifetime love for the African elephant and for wildlife. “It’s easier to protect wildlife if you care about it. It’s easier to care about it if you understand it. It’s easier to understand it, if you can experience it closely and safely. — Sean Hensman. Interactions – A close, personal and safe encounter with our 7 gentle giants in the hands of our knowledgeable handlers. Our elephants stand under shade on soft mats for comfort. Here you’ll learn about elephants from tail tip to trunk tip and everything between, experience first hand an elephant’s intelligence through to how acute its sense of smell is, you’ll experience their gentle nature as well as the stimulating levels of trust and companionship that can be developed between elephant and man. Take part in allowing an elephant to remember your name or identify you by your scent. Details – A close, personal and safe encounter with our 7 gentle giants in the hands of our knowledgeable handlers. Our elephants stand under shade on soft mats for comfort. Duration: Approximately 1 hour Starting times: 08h00 (Summer) 08h30 (Winter) * 12h00 and 15h00. Adults: R560. Children under the age of 12: R320. Safari – Sit atop an elephant while it gracefully and silently takes you on a journey through the African veld. Feel the elephant’s strength as he breaks branches and feeds on the way, or as he powers over hills or through slight dips. Your elephant handler will enlighten you about the flora and fauna in our reserve as well as answer any questions you may have. You are likely to encounter Giraffe, Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Kudu, Waterbuck, Impala, Eland, Zebra, Ostriches and other game at close quarters on your walk. Elephants need stimulation, enrichment and the freedom to behave naturally. They need a gentle, minimal amount of exercise per day for their physical and mental health. An elephant can comfortably carry up to 20% of its body weight. Details: Elephants can carry 20% of their body weight comfortably. Our rides are a maximum of 30 minutes through the bush on ergonomic, soft saddles for the elephants’ comfort. Duration: Approx 1.5 to 2 hours depending on numbers. Starting times: 08h00 (Summer) 08h30 (Winter) * 12h00. Adults: R 1120. Children under the age of 12: R 880. Elephant Spa – Adventures with Elephants are proud to offer a new and an utterly unique experience, the Elephant Spa which replaces the Swim with the Elephants. This experience is an add on after the educational interaction or safari, where you accompany the herd up to the top dam to watch the herd swimming while you relax with a soft drink and some light snacks on the observation deck. You will have the opportunity to spend some intimate time with some of these majestic elephants in the water, while brushing & bathing them (with a bit of splashing thrown in). There are also great photo opportunities where you can pose with the elephants mud bathing and swimming in the background. A truly intimate, awe inspiring activity. Activity Details: This is an add-on activity to our standard educational Interaction or Safari. Limited to a maximum of 10 people. Participants must be 12 years of age or older as well as be physically fit. Children under the age of 18 must to be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Additional R 660 per person (adults & children). Duration: 12h00 – 14h30 (inclusive of the standard activities). · Times: Everyday at 12h00. Booking is essential. What To Bring: Please be aware that you may be entering a farm dam so you will need to bring your own set of extra clothes that can get wet and dirty. · Shoes that are suitable for water and can get dirty. We highly recommend a hat and sunblock. Provided: Two soft drinks per person as well as some light snacks. · Towels · Showers are available at the Meet and Greet Centre after the activity. Photography: There will be an in-house photographer throughout your experiences to capture all your special moments. All these pictures will be available for purchase when you return to the Meet & Greet Centre. Tailor-Made Activities – Elephants are special animals. At awe, we believe that they should be admired and enjoyed in as many ways as possible so that as many of us as possible can care about them. We offer tailor-made activities like bush walks, photography and film, night rides or celebrating special events.