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“AMAZING definitely have to go it really is an adventure!!”

Adventures with Elephants
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Bela Bela
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Owner description: 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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“AMAZING definitely have to go it really is an adventure!!”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

This place is amazing. Me and my family are from the uk and were staying with our friend who lives in South africa and she brought us here its fantastic and so much more than just feeding the elephants. You learn all about the animals and they are in their natural habitat it's so educational. We did the interaction and safari and both were absolutely brilliant. The staff are wonderful and made our morning even more special. We had a laugh with then and they took our cameras so they could take photos of us so we would always remember this unbelievable day and treasure the memories forever. We also bought the photos on a memory stick too so we had some nice ones of us on our safari as when your riding an elephant u only want yours hands to be holding on tight to the seat! Everything we did was unforgettable a truly wonderful experience and I would really encourage anyone who is able to do it you won't regret it, And with this company as well they really are excellent and let u get up close with the elephants in a fun, educational ,relaxed way. And what's more is on e the elephants are finished they get to go and be wild elephants again which is fantastic. I would highly recommend this place the prices are incredibly reasonable, everywhere was so clean and tidy if an elephant went to the toilet it was cleaned up straight away they really are very professional. It really opens your eyes to how truly magnificent this animal is. Don't think about it just do it!!!!!!!! Thank you to everyone at Adventures for elephants it was truly a wonderful experience and all the guides were fantastic and made the day even more fantastic thank you so much. If we are ever in the area again we will definitely be back.
Huge thank you to you all x

Visited August 2013
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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A must!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Visited early January 2013. It was both educational & enjoyable. So amazing to get so close to the elephants, they have the most amazing eyes, as if you can see into their souls.

Visited January 2013
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Centurion, South Africa
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“Amazing & Definite MUST!”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

This was a mind-blowing experience of note! I would recommend The Adventures with Elephants to anyone (definitely over and above any other place in the Gauteng-Region). The family-run farm is exceptional in cleanliness, service, professionalism, friendliness, pricing and so much more. The elephant interaction was phenominal and fell in love with the elephants instantly. They were not stressed and the handlers were very professional. The education & training of the elephants was excellent. The safari was the best part of the experience and tears welled-up as we rode these amazing creatures experiencing the sheer magnitude of them. The cherry on the cake to end off a wonderful weekend away!

Visited July 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
“Mind-blowing, good company and great elephants!! (it's true what they say!)AMAZING experience”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Truly an amazing experience. I have done a few elephant experiences in the past, and this was the first with Adventure with Elephants, and by far the best!

The whole experience from start to finish was wonderful! The interaction section was great! The introduction of the elephants, the stories around them and there special traits and tricks are a treat. The trainers are well experienced and created a wonderful vibe among the group throughout the interaction section. The elephants seemed to enjoy playing up to the crowd, and the various interactions were brilliant - from feeding, touching (including their tongues!), all eventually leading to a kiss by these beautiful and majestic animals. There are many photo opportunities, and the staff take photo's for you which can be later purchased - which means the your full attention can be on learning about these wonderful animals and interacting with them.

The cherry on the top was the safari! A perfect end to a great experience!

Everyone in the group loved every minute of it! Highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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SeanElephants, Manager at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Thank you for this wonderful review! Here at Adventures with Elephants; are goal is to educate our guests in a fun and informative way and show the true, unbelievable wonder of these just magnificent animals.

We will definitely let the handlers know what a good job they all do too and glad that the in-house photographer proved to be helpful to you!

We hope to see you again! The Adventures with Elephants Team.
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Street, United Kingdom
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“Wow what an exprience”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This experience made our holiday! It was something I had been looking forward to doing but was a little concerned that we wouldn't get our value for money but it was definately worth it. I learnt so much about the elephants from the fantastic and friendly staff. We got to touch the elephants and were encouraged to feel the tongue of an elephant. The entire experience felt relaxed and it seemed the elephants enjoyed being around us and interacting with us as much as we were enjoying our time with them. The safari after the interaction was lovely and amusing when our elephant decided to stop for a snack but wanted the leaves in the centre of the tree taking us in with him and causing a bit of a traffic jam, but the guides with us put us back on the right track and it added to our experience. When we got back to the centre we watched two meerkats playing and could stroke them. The best part of my entire holiday and would recommend to everyone that its definately something they should do.

Visited March 2013
Thank stephL005
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