We visited Elephant Whispers whilst on our Honeymoon in South Africa. We opted to do the "Ultimate Elephant Experience". This began with a talk about the elephants who were patiently stood behind the host in a line of 6. He gave the elephants commands to follow and it was fascinating to see that they could follow so many instructions.
We were also able to take turns feeding an elephant, stroking it and having our photograph taken with it. Whilst this was happening the host went into a lot of detail talking about the anatomy of the elephant, and their eating and breeding habits. It was very interesting and easy to understand.
Then came the most exciting part of the day, when we went for an elephant ride! The elephant walked up to a wooden platform, and we carefully stepped off the platform onto the elephant. We held onto some fabric straps and there was a guide on the front of each elephant too. It was amazing and such a great memory. The guides on the ground take the guests cameras and photograph them during the elephant ride which is great. We got some great photographs!
After this we had a lovely lunch of fresh fruit, sandwiches and soft drinks on a wooden decking overlooking the lake, where the elephants were having a mud bath! The staff here are so passionate about the welfare of the elephants and they take safety extremely seriously.
This is well worth a visit!
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