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“Best African Experience”

Adventures with Elephants
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Bela Bela
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Owner description: Offering way more than the usual “Touch and Feed’ elephant experience, Adventures With Elephants offer unique intimate hands-on educational elephant interactions, elephant-back safaris, swims on elephants, starlight safaris as well as tailor-made events such as weddings, team-building, corporate functions and filming. Info:Adventures With Elephants is an educational elephant interaction facility / venue located on a beautiful 300 hectare wildlife reserve. AWE is situated an hour’s drive north from Pretoria and is a short 35 km from Bela Bela off the R516 on the D1000 adjacent to the Zebula Country Club. Adventures With Elephants is managed by the Hensman family who have been privileged to have lived and worked with elephants since 1988 and as such offer unrivaled elephant experiences.
Reviewed April 27, 2018

Best experience ever wow, I highly recommend this to anyone who would like to experience the African wilderness in it's true sense. The staff are so experienced in training, managing and control this giants

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2018

Thank you for your great review & we are so delighted that you enjoyed your time here at Adventures with Elephants.

We hope to see you again in the future!

Kindest regards

The AWE Team

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Reviewed April 19, 2018

We loved this! Not only was it a ton of fun, we also learned a lot about elephants, their personalities, and their habitat. The guides and staff were very friendly, but of course you're going for the elephants...and they were the stars (and they knew it). They were clearly well looked after, including having plenty of space to roam. One thing we didn't love was a few injuries to the elephants from the way they were cared for in the past, but it was obviously well in the past and they were up front about it and had clearly improved things since. We are elephant lovers and these elephants were clearly loved and properly cared for. We definitely recommend visiting and supporting their efforts.

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

Dear Collin,

Thank you for your 5* review and we are super glad you enjoyed meeting the ellies.

In regard the past injuries “from the way they were cared for in the past”, just to clarify that the injuries were self-inflicted by the elephants – not by their past carers. Sadly it does look bad on us.

Again, thank you for visiting us & we hope to see you in the future!

Kindest regards

The AWE Team

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We spent a lovely hour with the Zebula elephants. The guides were informed and well spoken; and really found a way to engage our children positively. Definitely recommended in the area. Book well in advance if you want to go on a ride; the encounter experience is well worth it too.

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

Thank you for the review, we really appreciate you taking the time to write to us. We are so pleased that you found the experience worthwhile & your children were able to have a great experience.

We hope to see you again!

Kind regards

The AWE Team

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Excellent informative and very interesting. Staff extremely polite and very well informed. Will definitely be back.

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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Thank you for your 5* review & we are delighted that you enjoyed yourself here!

We look forward to seeing you again.

Kindest regards

The AWE Team

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

I celebrated my birthday by having a day to spend with these amazing animals. They are so misunderstood but amazing to learn and to change your opinion. I was blessed to play with them in the dam which is beyond my wildest dreams. LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT

THANK YOU

Thank Lenay G
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SeanElephants, Owner at Adventures with Elephants, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Wow, thank you so much & so, so pleased that these amazing ellies were able to make your birthday unforgettable!

Thank you for choosing to spend it with us!

Kindest regards

Jenna

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