Having had a disappointing visit to another wildlife attraction in the area, this was the polar opposite. However, not without a couple of issues, which we overcame.
We pre-booked ellie rides for our two adult children. When we arrived,, they had no record of the booking, but not a problem, things were moved around a bit, but this meant that we had to separate. 2 doing the ride, and 2 on the field trip to feed and encounter the ellies. One thing that was frustrating, was that they did not want us to photograph our own children on the elephants! It became clear that you were meant to commission another guide to wander alongside and get extra photographs. Given the cost of the rides in the first place, this was not very impressive. I also thought it was bizarre that you have the option of buying a separate bucket of fruit for the ellies. This should just be included in the price of the entry ticket.
I think the guides were sympathetic to my disappointment, and turned a blind eye to me photographing as the kids climbed onto the elephants, but seemed keen to get the trailer moving up the hill at the same time. So there was no chance to get them photographed side by side. Nevertheless, I managed to video them later on.
The trip up to the field and the opportunities to stay and watch, pat, be photographed next to, and fee these amazing creatures was very good, and we were overall very happy with the visit. The smiles on our kids' faces was worth every penny.
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