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....
Join CHIKWENYA, MANA, SHARU, MICHAEL, TIDIMALO and NGWEDI for an exhilarating journey along ancient game trails. Seated comfortably on the back's of Nature's True "King of the beasts," experience an age-old African tradition whilst silently exploring the resident wildlife, unnoticed, the elephants themselves your hosts for the duration of your unique journey...
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...
A visit to the 'Elephant Wallow' offers much more than a unique game-viewing experience
but also a close insight into the wonders of Nature's true "King of the Beasts",
the African Elephant. Based on the principle of mutual trust and
respect a unique bond between man and elephant can be witnessed here,
the elephant's themselves ambassadors to their kind who willingly share your elephant
experience. Though small in the big picture of the African Elephant's plight, this experience
goes a long way in closing the gap between man and elephant.
"The Greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated.." Mahatma Ghandi
"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
Garamba, in the heart of the Congo and for a while thrived. Today the camp still exists but the ravages of war and unrest leaves only a few elephants as a legacy to this ancient tradition of the past.
More recently this relationship has appeared in Southern Africa in the form of elephant-back safaris, a novel and popular tourist initiative. Culling operations in Zimbabwe in the 70's and 80's produced a number of elephant orphans being sold to private farmers in the attempt to generate much needed funds for National Parks. It was through these culls that the Zimbabwean model for domesticated elephant was born, based on the overall vision that allows for domesticated elephants to pursue a lifestyle which is similar to wild elephants and at the same time, through tourism, play a vital role in conservation through education. This unique relationship between man and elephant is based on the utilisation of positive reinforcement training principles and founded on trust and mutual respect between man and animal. A far cry from the training methods of the past...
A visit to Pilanesberg Elephant-Back Safaris is testimony to the success of this concept in a modern day Africa.
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An Age-Old Concept; A brand NEW Adventure.....