Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris announces the closure of its commercial operations of Elephant Back Safaris & Elephant Interactions, based at Sun City Resort, Pilanesberg from the end of August 2014.
As part of a process started a long time ago, we are retiring our Elephants and will concentrate on rehabilitating them back into a wild environment after a working life of almost 20 years, the last 12 being at Sun City.
For those of us who have been privileged enough to have been part of the 'Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safari Experience', whether it be briefly meeting the individual members of this special herd at the 'Elephant Wallow', or spending endless hours with the herd being accepted as an integral part of their family as fostered mentors, one thing is for sure - we are all so much richer for this wonderful privilege.
Sapi, Mana, Michael, Sharu, Chikwenya, together with her siblings, Tidimalo & Ngwedi have been under our care and guidance for the past 20 years. Years of nurturing and dedication devoted to the 'Chikwenya herd' by their handling team have reaped the rewards resulting in a unique relationship based on trust and mutual respect between man and elephant.
From the end of August 2014 Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris, in line with the long term management vision for their fostered elephants have secured a new future for this special herd with plans to re-interate them fully back into the wild where they will be supported in a venture to live out their lives as wild elephants.
The first stage in the rehabilitation process will be to remove the elephants from any commercial interaction whilst they prepare for a life which will ultimately have minimal human interference. Their translocation to a new property will be fully supported and monitored by their long-standing handlers who have spent the best part of 14 - 20 years with them to minimise stress associated with translocation and to ensure a desired positive outcome for each member of the herd.
We recognise and salute the contribution these elephants have made to our lives and the lives of countless others and look forward to watching these elephants living out the remainder of their lives as wild elephants over the years to come.
Manager - Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris
PILANESBERG ELEPHANT BACK SAFARIS
Nestled comfortably at the foothills of the ancient Pilanesberg mountains lies the "Elephant Wallow", a special place in the sun where Man and the African Elephant finds their lives closely intertwined....
Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris offers much more than a unique game viewing experience, but a clear insight into the make-up of these amazing animals. Seated comfortably on your elephants back reflect quietly on their magnificence and their role across our African Continent. Your experienced guide is willing and eager to share his wealth of information and the resident game, oblivious to your presence offer wonderful close up photographic opportunities ..
Wildlife you are likely to encounter along these ancient game trails include Rhino, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra and many other wildlife residents.
The Spirit of these Great Creatures will Never leave you...
"An Age Old Concept; A brand New Adventure"
Man's relationship with elephants in Africa is a colourful and fascinating story, dating back as far as 218 BC where elephants were captured and trained by the Carthaginians and used as vehicles of war. With their defeat, the tradition of working elephants all but died out until the early 20th century when King Leopold of the Belgian Congo set out to realise his dream of training the African Elephant. An elephant training school was set up in
An Age-Old Concept; A brand NEW Adventure.....
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