After MUCH research, I included this adventure for my 'trip of a lifetime' to beautiful South Africa. I have dreamed and yearned to experience this diverse county for 47 years. Their websight offered my number one dream of interacting with these magnificient creatures. Feeding, grooming, and even playing with them. The experience that I ended up with was simply an elephant back ride. Not even a safari. While an elephant back ride is a unique experience, the excitement and anticipation that I had ended up being a TREMENDOUS disappointment. When I realized that this one hour ride, single file, with another guest on this elephant with me was the end of the experience, I questioned the staff about what their websight offered, and what I thought I was paying for, they said that these types of experiences were only for the paying guests of their lodge (at $1000.00 per night!) I was floored. Had I known this going in, I would have chosen the other option at the Elephant Whisperer facility (also in Hoedspruit) where one may actually interact with these beautiful creatures. That Camp Jabulani was only too happy to take my money for this disappointing experience has left a bad taste in my mouth. So know before you go, any hopefully you will not have your lifetime dream crushed as mine was.
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