Elephant Caves
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS6,275 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Admission was $16 USD to hike into the forest approximately 1 hour each way to get to the rock hillside that elephants have carved holes into over the years with their tusks. Each hiking group is accompanied by a ranger (for protection from any animals) and a guide who explains some of the plants and sights along the way. The hike is mostly uphill (but not too steep) on the way to the caves. On the return hike, you are given an option to hike to a waterfall. Most of our group did the waterfall hike which was down a steep hillside (tall steps with some handrails). I thought the hike was worthwhile for the view of the waterfall. Of course, the return from the waterfall is back up the same hillside.
Written 6 September 2023
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Explorer589482
Almelo, The Netherlands28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
After 5 days of safaris on the bumpy roads, a great way to stretch your legs and to learn more about nature.
The guide was knowledgeable and learned us about the different plants and animals.
It was an interesting, moderate hike, approx 2 hours in total.
The hike leads you to the caves and a beautiful waterfall.
Written 25 August 2023
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pshurd
Everywhere USA968 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We were on an OAT Post trip from seeing the Gorillas in Rwanda, so we were already happy & feeling satisfied. That morning we had spent in a Jeep safari at Lake Manyara NP and that was an excellent experience. We were happy to just be outside & on a lovely 3 mile hike with beautiful weather. Then, our armed guide told the ranger for us to stay still for a bit while she investigated the possibility of animals up ahead. When she returned, she had us take an alternate route for a safe overlook of the caves. And to our eyes appeared the most wonderful sight! In total 9 elephants, including a couple of babies came in from all directions and put on a show for us as they slid down the embankment & wandered in & out of the caves, taking turns inside and rolling & playing in the mineral dust from the rich soil. It was an unforgettable experience and we spent more than an hour there watching. Definitely recommend this adventure. Watching the adults help the babies down the embankment was wonderful! We finished up the day with a trip to see the waterfalls. It is a gorgeous area, but be prepared for a fairly intensive hike down to see them and then back up to the Park entrance. The guides are excellent, they pointed out all types of different flora & fauna along the way.
Written 23 March 2023
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Sarah
Princeton, IL11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Took a nice 3 mile long hike into the jungles surrounding the Ngorongoro crater and seeing the caves where the elephants get there minerals from the earth. We actually got to see two elephants very closely on foot with our armed ranger while we were heading to the caves. The tour guide and the ranger make this trip into the jungle an awesome experience. Waterfall was beautiful, but that hike was very intense up and down to see waterfall.
Written 28 March 2022
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ludo001
Tongeren, Belgium440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
With a professional guide and an armed Parc Ranger this 3h walking tour brings you into the tropical rain forest and a spectacular waterfall and the elephant cave where these animals take minerals like magnesium and potassium to enforce there bones. Also to be done by birdwatchers: you here them but can hardly see them. Minimum physical condition is required for this tour, not accessible for disabled persons. No snakes or scorpions on this tour.
Written 8 October 2021
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Frotripping
Toronto, Canada248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
You go out with very knowledgeable guides to the elephant caves. The walk to the caves offer a good view of the valley below of the coffee plantation. The walk can also include, if you like, a very steep walk to the falls, well worth it, but hard for young children or seniors. The caves themselves are great when there are elephants around, but when they are not there, people can walk over to the caves and see the holes of the elephant tusks. It’s a good walk that took about an hour and a half.
Written 17 January 2021
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Evvora
42 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Bring high resolution binoculars as no body can see the cave from anywhere on the path. Path itself is muddy, slippery and the entrance fee one pays, one wonders, for what?
Written 10 January 2020
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Phil H
Doha, Qatar67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Can’t ding it too much for what it is, but you should know it is mud. A couple of miles of it. We saw no elephants.

Wildlife is hit or miss, of course, but given the low probability of seeing elephants I would not recommend for the non-adventurous.

The waterfall was cool and our guide was very knowledgeable.
Written 26 December 2019
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Rich S
New York City, New York6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We had a guide through Gibbs Farm, Gabriel, and he was incredibly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. He must have rattled off a dozen cures for various ailments (including cancer)!

We saw 17 elephants that day! Gabriel said there are usually only two or three, so don't count on such a bounty, but I was surely blessed. They gouge the caves out with their tusks so they can eat the dirt. They need the minerals to make their bones strong.

It was a wonderful hike through a gorgeous setting! Watch your step, since you share the trail with quite a variety of animals. Gabriel saw a mongoose, which was out of sight by the time I looked up, and we saw scat for Cape buffalo and some gazelles.

Gabriel may have had a gun on him, but I wasn't aware of that. I felt completely at ease with him taking the lead.
Written 25 November 2019
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Daniel J
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
I know wildlife viewing can be hit or miss but this was a very muddy hike with no elephants. Sort of a nice jungle hike but underwhelming compared to Ngorongoro.
Written 2 August 2019
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