While we had a good idea of what to expect, we were really surprised and thoroughly enjoyed the educational aspect of the sanctuary. Our guide for the day was Simba, who clearly enjoys his job and enjoys teaching his guests about the animals he works with everyday. The first 20-30 minutes of the experience is getting educated about the elephants you are about to meet. After the educational portion, you can feed the elephants (who are waiting somewhat patiently behind you during the educational portion). After you feed the elephants, you are walk to another area and meet two more elephants, where you are encouraged by their handler to put your hands on them and feel different parts of them, literally from trunk to tail (Who knew the bottom of an elephants foot was silky smooth?). You may even get a "kiss" from your elephant, and if you are, try to be the first one to get one... to be surprised is better!
We had a great time, and the knowledge the money spent supports the animals welfare and hopefully a return to the wild some day, it's definitely an experience not to be missed.
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