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Elephant Interaction at Camp Jabulani


Activity Description

Arrive at sunrise for your personal introduction to a very special family, and immerse yourself fully in the natural environment of one of Africa’s most epic creatures. 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 Camp 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 (Camp 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://campjabulani.activitar.com/directions or requested from the lodge. Please contact our Elephant Interaction Manager on the morning if you need any assistance on +27 15 793 1265 or +27 82 922 0120.
WeatherWeather permitting
What to WearComfortable clothing
Things to BringSunglasses, sun hat and more importantly your camera
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed.


Minimum Age6 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNone Required
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


1 hour 30 minutes Elephant Interaction with commentary from the professional elephant keepers
Coffee and tea with biscuits


Safari Boutique Shop,
Transfers to and from your hotel.


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

Customer Reviews

It was absolutely amazing! We would definitely come again:) - Susanna Prinsloo

We really enjoyed our time at camp Jabulani. The elephants were incredible and the staff were fantastic. We really appreciate the opportunity to interact with these wonderful animals and it made the experience so much better to know that they are cared for in such a wonderful way. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Camp Jabulani elephant interaction to anyone visiting the Hoedspruit area. - John Heffner

Guest truly enjoyed this special African experience, guest thought that what are being done at Camp Jabulani is magnificent. Thank you for making our guests activity so special. Kind Regards Rinette - Rinette Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge

Guests really enjoyed the special experience, would keep on recommending this activities to our guests since its a once in a life time experience. - Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge

I would like to thank Camp Jabulani for an excellent visit during the Elephant Interaction experience. The guides were interesting & informative. Full of stories about the individual elephants. It was wonderful to be so close to these incredible beasts and would highly recommend it to our future guests. Many thanks - Pangolin Lodge Rachael Goldsack

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