Pilanesberg National Park
Elephant Back Safaris in Pilanesberg National Park
RATES - 2012/3
2012 Valid from 1st January - 30 November 2012 RATE: R 1250 p.p.
2013 Valid from 1st December 2012 - 30 November 2013 RATE: R 1350 p.p.
For all ele back safaris departing Sun City you have to pay R50 entrance if you are arriving from outside.
|Introduction to the elephants and their handlers. There are 5 elephants and 6 handlers that are quartered right next to the elephant barn.||Getting the chance to get real close. The elephants are spaced and at a lower height as to make access easier.||You can touch and feed the elephants if you are brave enough. Here is one of UPE's avid students that has just made a very sharp observation.|
These Elephants were brought to Pilanesberg by Elephant Back Safaris Victoria Falls. They were orphans and trained from the age of about 2 yo. They feed 2 ways; 'trunk up' where you can put your hand right into their mouths, or 'trunk down' where they twist their trunk and vacuumclean the pellets from your hand. This Canadian student observed right away that this particular elephant noted her feeding approach straight away and took the same 'trunk up' stance on the 2nd feed. After waiting a while with other people confusing the ele with up and down, she approached again. And the Elephants' trunk went right up! This was one of the most touching experiences I 've ever had.
Ths is how close you get!
SUNRISE ELEPHANT BACK SAFARI
Pick Up: 06.00 summer 1 Sept 30 April, 07.00 winter 1 May 31 August
MIDMORNING ELEPHANT-BACK SAFARI
Pick Up: 09.00 summer 1 Sept 30 April, 10.00 winter 1 May 31 August
EXCLUSIVE ELEPHANT SAFARI
Any of the above may be booked on an exclusive basis. Pay for 10 and walk with the entire herd yourself!
DAILY ELEPHANT INTERACTION EXPERIENCE
Welcome drink Included - Available throughout the year. Join Chikwenya, Sharu, Mana, Sapi, Michael and Tidimalo at their home in the Letsatsing Game Reserve, only 20 minutes from Sun City. Join these five for an interaction - filled Elephant Experience. Guests will be collected from the Welcome Centre and transferred to The Elephant Wallow where they are met by their hosts and offered a welcome drink. Take time to touch, feed and photograph these truly amazing animals, Marvel at their intelligence, diversity and majesty, or simply sit back and reflect on this unusually harmonious relationship in a beautiful, secure and pristine environment. Guests will be returned to the Welcome Centre
DURATION: approx. one and a half hours/minimum 2 pax
2013 RATE: R350 p.p.under 5yo free, inclusive of transfer, welcome drink
2012 RATE: R320 p.p.under 5yo free, inclusive of transfer, welcome drink
Pick Up: 16.30 summer 1 Sept 30 April, 16.00 winter 1 May 31 August
GROUP ELEPHANT INTERACTION EXPERIENCE
Available Throughout the year. Situated only 20 minutes from Sun City is The Elephant Wallow, a large thatched boma overlooking a magnificent waterhole catering for up to 65 guests under thatch. Bush dinners and finger lunches can be taken with the elephants themselves providing the main attraction. A presentation will be given on the elephants, their lifestyle and history. Have a chance to interact with these gentle giants on a personal level. Afterwards, sit down and relax whilst enjoying your meal with the elephants in the background mud wallowing, swimming or just settling down to a meal themselves.
DURATION: one and a half hours, interaction only 2 3 hours with interaction and meal
Interaction only - R390-00p.p. - (Min 20 - Max 150)
Interaction & Pre-Dinner Cocktails - R520-00p.p. - (Min 20 - Max 100)
Interaction & Stand Up Lite Sandwich Menu - R550-00p.p. (Min 20 - Max 100)
Interaction & Stand Up Hot & Cold Finger Fork Menu - R680-00p.p.. - (Min 20 - Max 100)
Interaction & Hot & Cold Buffet Menu (seated) - R680-00p.p. - (Min 20 - Max 72)
Elephant Interaction & Braai Menu (seated) - R885-00p.p. - (Min 20 - Max 72)
Interaction only - R360-00p.p. - (Min 20 - Max 150)
Interaction & Pre-Dinner Cocktails - R480-00p.p. - (Min 20 - Max 100)
Interaction & Stand Up Lite Sandwich Menu - R510-00p.p. (Min 20 - Max 100)
Interaction & Stand Up Hot & Cold Finger Fork Menu - R790-00p.p.. - (Min 20 - Max 100)
Interaction & Hot & Cold Buffet Menu (seated) - R630-00p.p. - (Min 20 - Max 72)
Elephant Interaction & Braai Menu (seated) - R820-00p.p. - (Min 20 - Max 72)
The above group rates include the exclusive use of the facility, transfers and welcome drinks. The above prices exclude costs of beverages however a bar can be provided.
Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City
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Accommodation in the Park only: Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.
Accommodation in and around Sun City. Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.
Accommodation Specials at Pilanesberg
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Airport at Pilanesberg
Animal studies in Pilanesberg
Bakubung Bush Lodge
Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park - R3 750pp - 1 hour, minimum 8 pax!
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Don't expect something like this or the animals to stand next to the road waiting. It's not a Zoo!
History of Pilanesberg National Park
Idiot Gallery - Stunts pulled in Pilanesberg National Park by the mentally challenged. Other tour operators are welcome to contribute - I will give you recognition except if you don't want it!
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806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office 078 618 8675
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316 - Updated Oct 2012
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