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Elephant Back Safaris in Pilanesberg National Park

PILANESBERG ELEPHANTS TO RETIRE

Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris announces the closure of its commercial operations of Elephant Back Safaris & Elephant Interactions, based at Sun City Resort, Pilanesberg from the end of August 2014.

As part of a process started a long time ago, we are retiring our Elephants and will concentrate on rehabilitating them back into a wild environment after a working life of almost 20 years, the last 12 being at Sun City.

For those of us who have been privileged enough to have been part of the 'Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safari Experience', whether it be briefly meeting the individual members of this special herd at the 'Elephant Wallow', or spending endless hours with the herd being accepted as an integral part of their family as fostered mentors, one thing is for sure - we are all so much richer for this wonderful privilege.

Sapi, Mana, Michael, Sharu, Chikwenya, together with her siblings, Tidimalo & Ngwedi have been under our care and guidance for the past 20 years. Years of nurturing and dedication devoted to the 'Chikwenya herd' by their handling team have reaped the rewards resulting in a unique relationship based on trust and mutual respect between man and elephant.

From the end of August 2014 Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris, in line with the long term management vision for their fostered elephants have secured a new future for this special herd with plans to re-integrate them fully back into the wild where they will be supported in a venture to live out their lives as wild elephants. The first stage in the rehabilitation process will be to remove the elephants from any commercial interaction whilst they prepare for a life which will ultimately have minimal human interference. Their translocation to a new property will be fully supported and monitored by their long standing handlers who have spent the best part of 14 - 20 years with them to minimise stress associated with the translocation and to ensure a desired positive outcome for each member of the herd. We recognise and salute the contribution these elephants have made to our lives and the lives of countless others and look forward to watching these elephants living out the remainder of their lives as wild elephants over the years to come.


Yours sincerely


Brett Mitchell
Manager - Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris


Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City

Picture Gallery 2011 & after
Picture Gallery 2010
Picture Gallery 2009
Picture Gallery 2008
Picture Gallery 2007
Picture Gallery 2006
Picture Gallery 2005
Picture Gallery 2004


It's alphabetical - so save us both time.... and if not on here I will put it up!

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

Accommodation at Sun City Vacation Club

Airport at Pilanesberg

Animal studies in Pilanesberg

Bakgatla Resort

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park -  R4 250pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 pax!

Binoculars needed

Bird list

Black Rhino Game Lodge

Buffalo in the Park

Camping - book direct at 014 555 1000, don't be surprised if you hold 15 minutes and then get cut off.

Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Commission offered to booking agents

Condition of the Veld

Dangers in Pilanesberg

Disclosures: About vehicles used for Pilanesberg and other

Directions - see map

Elephant Back safaris in Pilanesberg.

Entrance fee - see gate times

Etiquette in Game Parks like Pilanesberg for self drives

Friends of Pilanesberg Society - Volunteers helping to maintain the Park.

Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park

Geology of Pilanesberg National Park

Highlights seen in Pilanesberg the last 2 years:
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!

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Kids on Safari. In Pilanesberg or other parks

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Manyane Resort

Map and directions to Pilanesberg

Other Parks near Pilanesberg

Other Tour Operators doing Pilanesberg

Packages to Lodges

Picture Gallery -  taken by us over the last 8 years in Pilanesberg.

Pilanesberg National Park vs Kruger National Park.

Reading - other re Pilanesberg.

Safety in Pilanesberg

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Testimonials from clients we have taken to Pilanesberg

Things to do in and around Pilanesberg

Transfers only to Pilanesberg and Sun City - one way: charged per vehicle:

Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Veld Condition in the Park

Weather and Climate for Pilanesberg area

What can you hope to see in Pilanesberg?

When to go to Pilanesberg: best time etc


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806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office - Please mail only
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316
- Updated  Aug 2014
All Pilanesberg queries -  travelinafrica@gmail.com