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Elephant Moments - Elephant experience

Hoedspruit And Kapama Private Game Reserve

Blyde dam boat trips open and compliant to Covid regulations

Activity Description

Be inspired, enlightened, educated and enthused by this memorable and respectful opportunity to meet and learn more about some of the Jabulani herd elephants and their passionate carers.

Arrive at sunrise to meet a few members of an extraordinary family, the Jabulani Herd. Delve deeper into the biology and physiology of these gentle giants while learning about each elephant’s unique personalities and remarkable stories.

The respectful 90-minute experience takes place at the Jabulani elephant stables, which borders the HERD elephant orphanage. The Orphanage does not allow the public to visit their premises or to view the orphans, to keep their stress levels to a minimum.

The Jabulani Herd elephants that you will meet represent the rest of the herd which they join a little later to continue foraging during their days in the Kapama Private Reserve. There will be between two to three elephants introduced who remain behind a low partition creating a respectful distance between the elephants and the visitors.

Visitors will have an opportunity to provide some elephant snacks to each elephant, as well as a chance to take a snapshot memory of the memorable experience, with the guidance of the carers.

Complimentary coffee and tea with biscuits will be provided upon arrival and available to enjoy until the end of the experience.

Following your Elephant Moments experience, you will have the opportunity to purchase a souvenir in our gift shop, with proceeds going towards the HERD TRUST.

Please note: the Jabulani Lodge Guests enjoy a variety of exclusive elephant experiences different to the Elephant Moments Mornings. For more information about the lodge experience go to


Duration1 hour 30 minutes
WhenOpen daily, 06:25 - 08:00, 365 days a year.
WhereArrive 06:00am and self-drive through the KAPAMA GAME RESERVE MAIN GATE on the R40 between Hoedspruit and Klaserie. Follow the Elephant sanctuary road signs to the elephant experience. It is a gravel road through the reserve and travelling time is approximately 20 minutes. Elephant experience starts at 06:25. GPS Co-Ordinates: 24°25’45.99”S 31°00’48.86”E. What 3 Words App Location: Please contact our Elephant Moments Manager on the morning if you need any assistance on +27 78 532 3645 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

Inclusions1 hour 30 minutes Elephant Moments with a personalised introduction and interaction hosted by our passionate elephant carers

Safari Boutique Shop,
Transfers to and from your hotel.
Transfer to and from the Kapama Main Gate


Only early 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

One of the most humbling experiences of our lives. It will change the way you look at Elephants in future even if you're an RSA Citizen and saw them in the KNP. Difficult to explain the magic of the up-close encounter. Well organized and not hurried. - Cronje

Nice experience!!! - Raul

One of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had absolutely enjoyed it - Winnie

Fantastic and unforgettable moment with 3 elephants. - Gauthier

Laerskool Louis Trichardt's experience at Elephant Moments was truly exceptional. Every single staff member made us feel welcome and assisted in our every need. The encounter with the elephants was life changing as always. We will be back to share this wonderful experience with another group of children. God bless. - Laerskool

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