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Elephant Moments - Elephant experience

Hoedspruit And Kapama Private Game Reserve

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


ProviderElephant Moments
Duration1 hour 30 minutes
WhenDaily service, 365 days a year.
WhereMEETING TIME: 06:10 am (No late arrivals will be accommodated) MEETING POINT: The KAPAMA MAIN GATE on the R40 between Hoedspruit and Klaserie You will be met and escorted to elephant experience. GPS Co-Ordinates: GPS 24°25’45.99”S 31°00’48.86” E What 3 Words App: pleasantly.enlighten.interruptions Please contact our Elephant Moments Manager on the morning if you need any assistance on +27 15 793 1265 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

We LOVED our experience with the elephants! We had such an amazing time learning and feeding the beautiful elephants!! We arrived late (due to a hotel transfer issue nothing to do with them) and the staff did EVERYTHING to still make our experience fantastic by having a staff member take our photos for us and basically gave us a private tour. The staff were nice, educated and answered all the questions we had. We would definitely recommend this tour- once in a lifetime opportunity! Well worth the cost. Thank you to all the staff and elephants! - Brandon & Brianna Voelker

Great experience with great and kind staff. I enjoyed the encounter with each amazing elephant. The only thing I wish we had was some contact with the toddler elephant. But I can understand why we didn’t. :) - Marina Pontes Oliveira

It was an absolutely amazing experience and a very humbling experience with these gentle giants. Elephants are truly wonderful creatures. The handlers are amazing with the elephants. Stunning location and service. - Jenny

It was a very good drive. Although I stayed in Hoedspruit for a few year when I was young I learned a few things on the drive. - Erna - Safarilicious # Pawlak

We had a most amazing time with all 4 elephants who came to us, interacted with us if they wanted - which they did and left when they wanted to. This was certainly the most ethical elephant interaction we could find and was more than worth the money we paid for such close up experiences of their magnificent elephants. Whilst no experience with wild animals is 100% ethical it is clear that these were all habituated due to a past pefore camp Jabulani and as such this place offers them care and a life which they would otherwise not have had. An awesome day and a lifetime memories. - Mr Paul Cadmore

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