South Africa
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Elephant Whispers is situated just outside Hazyview in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

Under the management of André and Colleen Kotze, Elephant Whispers opened in December 2007. The African Elephant is the world’s largest land living animal and here you can meet six of them. The experience is for the young and old, all elephants are tamed and trained for these experiences. The elephants were all rescued for planned game reserve culling operations Elephants for Africa Forever (EFAF).

Visitors have various opportunities to interact and learn about these majestic creatures. The close encounters offer you a chance to experience trunk greetings, feel their rough skin, feed them tasty treats and feel their constantly curious trunks inspecting you. If you are still wanting more you can choose to take an elephant ride, a unique and memorable experience which was once only a privilege reserved for Kings.

Elephant Whispers offers an elephant experience of a lifetime which will leave its visitors with admiration and respect for these gentle African giants.

Things to do and see

  • Elephant Interaction
  • Elephant Interaction & Elephant Back Ride
  • Interaction & Elephant Ride with Lunch
  • Brush Down, Interaction & Elephant Ride (06h30 start)
  • Sunset interaction & Elephant Ride with Sundowners
  • Ultimate Elephant Experience
  • Day with an Elephant (06h30 to 17h30)


Tour prices range between R315 and R1, 025 per child and between R630 and R2, 050 per adult. Day experiences are for minimum two people and cost around R3, 080 per person. Prices are subject to change so please contact the sanctuary directly to confirm prices as well as availability on tours. Booking is essential.


Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels. 

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 30˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 19˚C.


There are daily flights from JohannesburgDurban and Cape Town into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mombela (Nelspruit). Car rental companies are available for easy access to the surrounding areas, Hazyview is 60 km away which is just under an hours’ drive. Road trips from Johannesburg via the N12 and N4 will take approximately 5 hours. 

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