The Elephant Encounter Victoria Falls is a once in a lifetime experience that gets you to come face to face with the largest land mammal in the world! Elephant Encounter is an exciting and heart-warming Victoria Falls Activity that gives you the opportunity to bond with these gentle giants in a natural environment. You will see the world through the eye of an elephant, understanding what it feels, thinks and you'll finally get to see why they say an elephant never forgets.
Elephant interaction has become more popular over the years as the elephant back rides were being phased out. They were associated with animal cruelty and many companies have since diverted from it. The focus has now shifted and expanded more into conservation and spending time with the elephants.
It's not something you get to do every day, stand next to, feed and play with elephants especially the African elephant. The animal has great emotional intelligence and you will be surprised with what these animals can do and how much we have in common with them.
The Elephant experience is open to everyone. There is no age limit, and it is a wonderful Victoria Falls Activity for the whole family.
There is so much to expect from an Elephant Encounter.
Expect to see the African Elephant in a completely different way. You will bond with the elephants, feed them and pose for pictures with them. Africans are some of the most intelligent animals on the planet and you will get a chance to see them to tricks and watch them swim and play in the mud if you are lucky.
Expect to walk side by side with the elephants and hear unbelievable stories of what these giants have done and can do. Each elephant has a name and something special about it that you will find out about.
Snacks and refreshments will be served as you sit at a shed enjoying the views and the elephants.
This Victoria Falls Activity is around 2 to 2. 5 hours depending on where you go for your interaction. It also includes the transfer time from your hotel or lodge and back.
Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage
You will see a number of rescued and resident African elephants that have lived in Victoria Falls for many years. These elephants were originally exploited for the Elephant Back Safari Activities but now are for elephant interaction. These elephants now call the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage home.
Visitors can learn about the commencement of this important conservation initiative from the guides who have travelled with the elephants and hear the stories of the elephants themselves at this location.
You will have a talk on the orphanage's history before the Elephant Encounter. The personnel who look after the elephants every day will be available for guests to speak with. The guides will provide information on anything you need to know about the elephants.
Take a walk beside these amazing animals after the educational presentations for a chance to get close to the elephant. Observe the elephants' unique behaviours up close while awed by their enormous sizes, watch how they interact with one another, and take note of the unique bond the elephants share with their keepers.
The Elephant Back Safari Activity was once very well-liked, but the elephants' keepers opted to discontinue the rides in favor of a "encounter" as a result of shifting perspectives on human-animal interactions around the globe. Elephants can live up to 60 years old or longer in captivity, thus the guardians who initially saved the creatures had to find a method to pay the staggering expenses of keeping them alive.
The Elephant Encounter became the standard, and although it lacks the thrill of riding on the back of these massive beasts, it still allows you to come close to the animals, gaze directly into their eyes, and inhale their foul odor. They seem to be a part of you. You get to learn more about them and uncover the true motives behind this entire conservation effort. If you have even the slightest interest in elephants, we highly recommend participating in this activity.
Through the eye of an elephant is also another conservation program run by Shearwater. It gives you the opportunity to see the world through the eye of an elephant. Haven't you ever imagined what it's like for an elephant to hear, see, smell, and feel things? Or what mental faculties and feelings do these highly intelligent, sociable mammals and we share? This is a one-time exploration of an elephant's body, mind, and soul.
Embrace the Elephant Encounter Victoria Falls that our knowledgeable elephant coaches will lead you on. They will inform, occupy, and enthral you. You'll have the chance to go close and get to know some of the fascinating characters in our herd. Learn about some of the special abilities and traits that make them the fascinating creatures they are. Learn some of their super-mammal abilities first-hand. Watch them play, bathe, roll about in the mud, and generally put on a show in the waterhole as they are in their native habitat!
Duration: 2,5 – 3 hours
Where: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Weather: Weather permitting
Things to Bring: Walking shoes, Sunscreen, Mosquito Repellent, Sun Hat, Camera, Binoculars.
When: All year round, subject to availability
What to Wear: Comfortable attire that provides sun protection. · Hiking/running shoes · Warm clothing in winter (April to August)
Guests or Spectators: No spectators allowed
Inclusions Scheduled transfers from/to Vic Falls Town/Hotels, an Elephant Encounter
Early morning : Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks & breakfast
Mid morning : Soft Drinks, Local beer, wine, water, coffee, tea and a selection of hot & cold snacks.
Afternoon : Soft Drinks, Local beer, wine, water, coffee, tea and a selection of hot & cold canapes.
Exclusions Items of a personal nature
Age +5 years
Fitness Level No Fitness Requirement
Experience Level None Experience
Elephant encounters mean taking a walk with the giants. It is an opportunity to learn about conservation and the people who are taking care of these giant animals.
The starting point of Elephant encounters is the Orphanage where several rescued elephants are living and also being cared for. This is where you can feed these elephants by hand.
There is no risk involved in Elephants Encounters. A trained guide will always be there to instruct you.
Three hours. The time duration of Elephants Encounters is 3 hours. In these, you get a close interaction with the world's largest land animals. It’s an opportunity to meet the unseen heroes, who are taking care of these animals.
8 people. The number of people that are allowed for elephant encounters is 8 people. The whole adventure lasts three hours and is where visitors can learn about the conservation.
Elephants encounter at Victoria Fall have three different starting times. It starts at 6:30 am, 9:30 am, and 3:30 pm.
Return transportation from all major lodges and hotels to the activity, refreshments, and eats.
Yes, Elephants Encounter is all year round activity. Visitors are advised to bring sunscreen and hats. The age limit for Elephant encounters is 5 years.
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