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“Best wildlife experience you can have!”

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.
Reviewed October 8, 2013

The ride on the elephants was excellent, but I rate the interaction session even more! You feel that you interact with the elephants, each and every one of them, one after the other. You get to touch their ears and skin, feed them some pellets, and even kick a football at one of them.

These animals are highly intelligent, and I learnt many things about elephants that I didn't know. These gentle giants interact with humans, and learn tricks quicker than dogs. They respond to human voice, and each one of them have their own personality.

You get to know them by name, and where they come from. If it wasn't for this establishment, some of the elephants they have on site would have been culled otherwise.

For my 11 year old boy, it was an experience of a life time, and I would certainly never forget that myself!

Thank Ganvil
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Ihave always dreamed of riding an elephant but never thought my dream would come true. We watched the keepers lead the 6 elephants to the water hole before bringing them to us for our encounter. We fed them, examined their feet and teeth. We had photos taken hugging them,and being sprayed with water from their trunk, It was amazing to be so close to my favourite animal!I would recommend you making the effort to go to the 08.30 encounter as we were the only ones there so our group of 4 had a brilliant time. They said the later groups are much bigger so obviously don't get as much individual time. Also we had our own elephant each on the safari with our own guide . the other keepers accompany the ride taking photos en route as a permanent record of such a "once in a lifetime experience" that i will never forget. Thank you to everyone involved. It truely is an adventure with elephants and i would recommend it to everyone.

Thank sheila1232013
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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

1  Thank sheila60m
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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.

Thank 101AJT
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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!

Thank TracyandTheo
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