Adventures With Elephants

African Mammals

African bush elephants are the largest living terrestrial animals, being up to 3.96 m (13.0 ft) tall at the shoulders (a male shot in 1974). On average, males are 3.3 metres (10.8 ft) tall at the shoulders and 5.5 tonnes (12,130 lb) in weight, while females are much smaller at 2.8 metres (9.2 ft) tall and 3.7 tonnes (8,160 lb) in weight. The most characteristic features of African elephants are their very large ears, which they use to radiate excess heat, and their trunk, an extension of the upper lip and nose with two opposing extensions at its end, different from the Asian elephant, which only has one. The trunk is used for communication and handling objects and food. African elephants also have bigger tusks, large modified incisors that grow throughout an elephant's lifetime. They occur in both males and females and are used in fights and for marking, feeding, and digging.

Adventures With Elephants

Bela Bela

Price from: R600.00

Per Person

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

Adventures with Elephants is located on a beautiful wildlife reserve situated just an hour’s drive north from Pretoria. Managed by the Hensman family who have been working with elephants since 1988, this is a unique place to enjoy a hands-on interaction with these magnificent creatures. Learn more about the elephant’s world whilst witnessing their intelligence, compassionate nature and sheer delight in interacting with their human companions. Friendly, experienced and qualified elephant handlers will share their in-depth knowledge and passion for their charges with you in this unrivalled and extraordinary experience.

 

HOW WE RATE IT & WHY WE LIKE IT

Be prepared to be blown away and to fall in love all on the same day with a visit to this elephant sanctuary where 7 elephants live (5 rescues and 2 babies) in their natural surroundings, free-range, swim and teach humans a thing or two about the complexities of conservation. Join a unique interaction or join them in a swim and you’ll never be the same again.

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