The start is an early one before the elephants head off into the bush to forage in the wild. Encounters are limited to just one a day, as we have committed to giving this herd as much time in their natural environment as possible. We only accept limited number of guests per encounter in order to keep the human-animal interaction to an absolute minimum.
Nothing quite prepares you for your first encounter with the Jabulani elephants. Their mammoth size and vibrant presence are always humbling. You’ll learn about their incredible story through the keepers who have walked the long road with them, and have formed lifelong bonds in the process – from the rescue and arrival of an orphaned and abandoned baby elephant, to the last-minute rescue by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre of a herd of elephants from a strife-torn Zimbabwe when their owner’s farm was expropriated by war veterans
Over the years, five babies have been born to the herd and another two orphans found in the wild were rehabilitated successfully. Your 1 hour 30 minutes experience will include the opportunity to touch a few of the elephants, exchange trunk greetings and feed them tasty treats – all while the elephant keepers share their quirky tales, unique identification marks and distinctive character traits as well as fascinating insight into their extraordinary anatomies. You’ll also get some incredible pictures!
Coffee and tea with biscuits are served for your refreshment. Following your personal Elephant Experience, you will have the opportunity to browse the small Safari Boutique stocked with a range of beautiful souvenirs.
Your visit ensures that this incredible herd continues to thrive, and acts as a source of building awareness in elephant conservation among guests from all over the world.
Duration1 hour 30 minutes
WhenAll year round
WhereMEETING TIME: 06:20 am (No late arrivals will be accommodated) MEETING POINT: The Guernsey Gate (Jabulani Gate on the Guernsey Road opposite Thornybush Main Gate). You will be met and escorted to the elephants. GPS Co-Ordinates: South 24 degrees, 26’ 27.83” | East 31 degrees, 07’ 38.59”. A detailed map & directions can be viewed at https://jabulanisafari.activitar.com/directions or requested from the lodge. Please contact our Elephant Moments Manager on the morning if you need any assistance on +27 15 793 1265 or +27 82 922 0120.
What to WearComfortable clothing
Things to BringSunglasses, sun hat and more importantly your camera
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed.
1 hour 30 minutes Elephant Moments with commentary from the professional elephant keepers
Coffee and tea with biscuits
Safari Boutique Shop,
Transfers to and from your hotel.
Minimum Age6 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement
Only mornings can be booked as the herd heads off into the bush for the remainder of the day
Please see the gallery for previous special elephant moments , kindly note that each day is unique and dependent on the herd’s movement
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