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Elephant Sanctuary

#6 of 14 things to do in The Crags Features Animals
Animal Alley | Portion 10 of Farm Kirbywood, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8145
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Interactive, informative and thoroughly recommended

Thankyou Thandi, Jambo and Marula. You are beautiful, gentle giants and our family very much... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
09jude
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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Spend your money on supporting conservation of this beautiful species - NOT here

Calling this a sanctuary is a disgrace. This is a zoo where these poor animals are subjected to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
windsorco
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Pretoria
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Animal Alley | Portion 10 of Farm Kirbywood, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
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+27 44 534 8145

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thankyou Thandi, Jambo and Marula. You are beautiful, gentle giants and our family very much enjoyed visiting you today. Our guide Patrick was very informative. He clearly has worked with these animals for many years and his love and respect for them shone through. He...More

Thank 09jude
Reviewed 6 days ago

Calling this a sanctuary is a disgrace. This is a zoo where these poor animals are subjected to 'performing' for our entertainment. If elephants happen to end up in a sanctuary, an ACTUAL sanctuary, then they should be allowed to still live as a wild...More

Thank windsorco
ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. We're always eager to hear how we can improve and will be contacting you very soon to gain more insight on your expectancy. We strive to provide our guests with an intimate elephant bonding opportunity in a safe & elephant...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife and I did the tour with our 7month old baby. Such a humbling experience to see the elephants up close! Guide was very friendly, gave us ample opportunity to take photos and touch the elephants. Would definitely come back when the little one...More

Thank Cairn W
ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon! Greetings Management Team

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had great time at elephant sanctuary, awesome and most friendly staff. I was a bit scared but the fear just disappear the moment I first made the first contact with a very big elephant. I recommend this place

Thank johnscasadone45
ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your recommendation and review ! Management Team

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An elephant experience that is definitely responsible tourism!! I feel good about this interaction with the elephants.

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ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Glad to hear! Responses like yours add value to our conservation efforts. Thanks again. Management Team

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are visiting Knysna/Plettenberg Bay, you HAVE to go to the Knysna Elephant Park. A guided tour allows you to interact with the elephants, feeding them and taking some wonderful photos with them too. The tour guides are knowledgeable and can answer all your...More

Thank Renate O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kids will love this 1 hour interactive experience - our 3 kids (ages 10-11) thoroughly did. It wasn't a busy day and so it was just our family that had the pleasure of the company of the resident rehab elephants. We walked with 3 of...More

Thank SNottIN
ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your memorable experience!! Greetings Management

Reviewed 16 June 2017

This is an enjoyable place to go, but very expensive. I know that elephants eat a lot but the price would be prohibitive for a lot of people. The handlers are very good and the animals trust them. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly and...More

Thank allyn2011
ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Your review is appreciated and concern noted. Friendly greetings ESP Management team

Reviewed 12 June 2017

These friendly giants were the highlight of my trip to Knysna! Don't pass! Its a must! I was in awe of these bold beautiful elephants!

Thank J7306COmelissaf
ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thank you for your visit & review !! Management Team

Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

It's supposed to be a sanctuary but they made the elephants do tricks and pressured visits to stand with or walk the elephants. All to be sold as a video at the end of the tour. You get to get up close and personal with...More

Thank Julie K
ManagementESP, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thank you for your review - our tours are not meant to entertain but rather aimed at affording the public a rare opportunity to have an up close and personal experience with these amazing giants in a safe environment, to observe their natural behaviour and...More

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Ayannah N
7 March 2017|
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Response from 54Doreen | Reviewed this property |
Hi there yes it is supposed to be a sanctuary and they have 5 rescued elephants that you are educated about and allowed to walk with . The keepers are wonderful but at the end they did allow a family of 5 to ride them... More
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yorkshirelover190821
5 March 2017|
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We re open daily - from 07h30 until 17h00 (Last daily tour at 15h30)
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Mandys-Big-fella
25 January 2017|
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Response from kjeld g | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. Probably you guys will start in Cape Town. Robben Island is immpressive for sure. In Cape Town we also did paragliding. That's a nice one where you have beautiful over the city. That's the same with Table mountain... More
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