Elephant Whispers

Pet and massage a large elephant and then ride on its back through the African bush at this animal sanctuary.

Take part in a range of elephant activities at Elephant Whispers, an animal attraction on the banks of the Sabie River. Clean, feed and massage an adult African elephant and ride through the jungle on its back. 

There are six African elephants here, who were rescued from culling operations. One of the most popular activities at Elephant Whispers is the 1-hour interaction experience. Stroke their skin and feed them some stacks.

Come for one of the morning interactive experiences, where you can brush down the majestic creatures and watch them taking a morning drink from a watering hole.You might also see them exchange trunk greetings when they come out of their stables. Then saddle up for a ride through the Lowveld bush.

Alternatively, try the Sunset Interaction and bring the elephants back to their home to settle down for the night. During some of the interactive experiences, you will be able to enjoy a picnic or prepared meal near to where the animals are playing and resting. Spend a few moments observing how the animals interact with each other.

The duration of the animal experiences vary from between one and two hours, to a full day with the six elephants.

During your time at Elephant Whispers, quiz the docents about anything to do with African elephants, their conservations status and efforts to ensure their survival.

The site opens daily at dawn and closes around sunset, to fit with the daily routines of the elephants. All of the activities attract a charge and there are discounts for children under 12 years of age. For prices and booking details, visit the official website of Elephant Whispers.

Elephant Whispers sits on the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview, which is a 2-hour car ride northeast of the center of Mpumalanga. The Bosbokrand Nature Reserve lies just to the north of the site, while Mount Sheba Nature Reserve and Kruger Park are also nearby.

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