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Adventures with Elephants

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Address: Bela Bela 0480, South Africa
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+27 14 734 7730
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Offering way more than the usual “Touch and Feed’ elephant experience,...

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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Had a wonderful trip. Guides were very knowledgable and extremely good at interacting with us tourists. They obviously care for and love these animals. Great hands on time.

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful trip. Guides were very knowledgable and extremely good at interacting with us tourists. They obviously care for and love these animals. Great hands on time.

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your 5* review! We are really glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here and found the staff very knowledgable. Kind regards The AWE Team More 

Sandton, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

The team are awesome . The elephants are gorgeous . The session was interactive and insightful . The elephant riding was new and exciting.. all in all- I had a lovely experience

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review

Thank you for your 5* review and we are delighted that you enjoyed yourself. We will be sure to pass on your praise to our excellent staff! Kind regards The AWE Team More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I just noticed a reviewer suggesting that the handlers at Adventures with Elephants use sharp sticks to manipulate the Elephants. My family and I had our second experience with the Elephants at this centre last week and I can confirm that no sharps sticks were used to influence the Elephants. The reviewer may be referring to the white stick the... More 

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we greatly appreciate this :) Also, thank you for visiting us twice now and we are delighted that you enjoyed your times with these amazing animals. We do love them dearly. We hope to see you & your family a third time! Kindest regards The AWE Team More 

Vereeniging
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very impressed by how awe inspiring it is to be so close to a majestic animal like the elephants at Adventures with Elephant's and this touched me deeply, however as stated this is more along the lines of education and saving the big guys from certain doom, I would suggest that you consider the price as I'm sure... More 

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review

Hello & thank you for your feedback, we greatly appreciate it. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time & found our wonderful elephants awe inspiring, indeed they are & we feel the same way every day! We do understand the aspect of cost & we try extremely hard to keep these as affordable as possible (we have had no... More 

Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The people and handlers were very friendly and had good knowledge of the elephants. Although, at the start of the interaction I noticed that all the handlers had short sticks in their hands. As we progressed to the walk with elephants all those sticks had sharp hooks on. During the ride the elephant I was on stopped through a muddy... More 

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review

Hello & thank you for your valued feedback. We are extremely sorry that this one brief incident tainted the rest of your experience. It makes us extremely sad & furious that one of our handlers may be using his guide inappropriately. It is disappointing too that you did not bring this to Management’s attention on the day of your visit... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was visiting South Africa to visit friends, and they had planned this day out for me. I must say it was one of the most incredible, overwhelming and surreal things I have ever done. Getting so close to this amazing creatures was something I will remember forever. Little Bella was awesome, even if she did try 'greeting' me several... More 

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this lovely review and we are truly delighted that you enjoyed your time here with these magnificent animals! We will be sure to let Francis know what a great job he is doing, we are very lucky to have him! Thank you for the recommendations & we hope to see you again! Kind regards The... More 

Faversham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These guys absolutely love what they are doing. Such a great family of elephants. Dream come true, totally worth a visit.

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review

Thank you for this lovely review and for visiting us, we are so happy that you loved your time with these magnificent animals! Kind regards The AWE Team More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The owner and elephants, now in two SA sites, came down from Zimbabwe. The elephants are well managed and different experiences are available with expert first hand knowledge. Children and adults can touch, ride and watch elephants in a friendly environment. Well worth a visit but not cheap (although justifiably so.) Booking adviseable.

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate you taking the time to write to us! We are glad that you enjoyed yourself and you felt the establishment and the elephants are well cared for. Thank you for visiting! Kind regards The AWE Team More 

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The owner was onsite (along with his pet meerkat, Trouble) to welcome us and give us a lot of information about the elephants. The elephants are incredible animals and will amaze you.

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and Trouble says hi too! We are delighted that you gained a lot of knowledge and loved meeting these wonderful animals. Kind regards The AWE Team More 

Midrand, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I thought this experience was absolutely incredible, I especially enjoyed being allowed to interact with the babies Bela and Zambezi they were so cute and full of mischief. We also couldn't believe how gentle the big giants are. We loved every moment of it!!!! :)

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review

Thank you so much! Bela & Zambezi really are quite mischievous and really steal the show ;) We greatly appreciate your feedback and supporting these wonderful animals. Kind regards The AWE Team More 

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