Accommodation near Elephant Sanctuary - Plettenberg Bay

The Elephant Sanctuary - Plettenberg Bay provides a wonderfully enriching wildlife experience on the doorstep of one of the Garden Route's prettiest destinations, Plett. The Elephant Sanctuary is one of numerous wildlife sanctuaries in the area, but given the African elephant's iconic status on the continent, if you are going to visit just one of the sanctuaries, make sure that this is the one!

Situated just 16 kilometres from the seaside resort town of Plettenberg Bay, the sanctuary is easily accessible and makes an inspiring day trip. You will find it at The Crags, just off the N2 highway near Nature's Valley.

The African elephant is one of the 2 elephant types in existence, and is larger, with a softer, less point head than its Asian counterparts. It is a member of Africa's famous Big 5 group - of which lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros are also members. Anyone who knows anything about African conservation and elephants will also tell you that the ivory which makes up their tusks is highly coveted by certain groups in the Far East. They are hence considered threatened, which just goes to make an intimate elephant encounter even more special.

At the sanctuary elephants are trained using a method of positive re-enforcement, thus the animals you encounter are relaxed, happy and well-cared for, which translates into a magical experience for all involved.

There are numerous tour options available to visitors at the Elephant Sanctuary - Plettenberg Bay, among them the trunk-in-hand walk, a tour of the sanctuary and stables, a brush down experience in which you get to rub the gentle giants down with a soft brush, and a short elephant ride. You will get the chance to touch the elephants and feed them, and generally experience them up close and personal - an experience you won't easily forget!

Before or after the tour you can shop for curios in the on-site shop, or enjoy a pizza straight from their wood-fired oven.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
That Place & Ons Hoek
0.4 km

From R1200* Unit

That Place and Ons Hoek are situated on our working wine farm, That Wine Demesne. THAT PLACE: is a comfortable, friendly home where you can spend a good relaxing holiday. Forests and pastoral vi... More Info

Trogon House & Forest spa
0.7 km

From R1095 PPS

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Relax in exquisite luxury suspended in the tree tops of an indigenous forest reserve stretching untamed to the Tsitsikamma Mountains and beyond. Trogon House and Forest Spa comprises of two lodges... More Info

Hog Hollow Country Lodge
1.6 km

From R2490 PPS

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A private nature reserve, set on the edge of indigenous forest, Hog Hollow has breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, personalized accommo... More Info

Antlers Country Lodge
1.6 km

From R650* Unit

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Antler Country Lodge is located in a country setting just outside of Plettenberg Bay. The lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a variety of log cabins and self-catering units. It is set in beauti... More Info

Katuri Country Cottages
2.1 km

From R650 PPS

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Katuri Country Cottage is an EXCLUSIVE 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE on Brackenburn Private Nature Reserve. Tucked away at the end of Askop Road in The Crags. 17 km or 15 minutes from Plettenberg Bay in the Garde... More Info

The Carraighs
2.2 km

From R400 PPS

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We have a charming and modern, but rustic self-catering cottage overlooking the indigenous forest in a quiet, and very beautiful part of The Crags. The Carraighs has a wooden deck overlooking the p... More Info

Lily Pond Country Lodge
3.2 km

From R1008 PPS

Exclusive Country Style Retreat between Plettenberg Bay and Nature Valley's incredible beaches. Its 10 suites and rooms, each with a private wooden patio, view beautiful lily ponds. Surrounded by 12 ... More Info

Natures Way
3.3 km

From R150 PPS

Situated 9 km from Nature's Valley, Natures Way Farmhouse is set on a family-run working dairy farm. This holiday home is surrounded by gardens and pastures, and boasts views of the mountains. Natu... More Info

Sweetwater Farm Cottages
3.3 km

From R340 PPS

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Sweetwater Farm Cottages offers three self-catering cottages on a working farm in Redford Road, a quiet, rural part of The Crags, which lies in between Nature's Valley and Plettenberg Bay in the beaut... More Info

Moon Shine on Whiskey Creek
3.6 km

From R850* Unit

In the heart of The Crags, 10 minutes from Plettenberg Bay, 1000 miles from reality. 5 minutes from Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, The Elephant Sanctuary, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, Wild Cat Sanctuary,... More Info

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Plettenberg Bay Reviews

Plettenberg Bay
Very good holiday destination
- Zainap Cassim

Plettenberg Bay
Always a joy going Plett...the beaches, the people and the beautiful scenery in around Plett.
- Leeann Ragaval

Plettenberg Bay
Plett was bustling in January. The town has an assortment of shops and restaurants along side, hikes, mountain bike routes, beach, kayaking and many other outdoor activities and adventures on all round offering with many things to do.
- Katherine Munro

Plettenberg Bay
Beautiful town, clean beaches, adequate shopping facilities and good restaurants.
- Eliza Mcgill

Plettenberg Bay
An extremely pleasant beach town with enough going on to keep you entertained and enough peace to relax and clear your mind. It is a place for everyone. From hikes and bungee jumping too clubs and bars. Its simply magnificent.
- Mario De Abreu

Plettenberg Bay
Plett is a beautiful town.
- Junon Draai

Plettenberg Bay
A beautiful part of the Western Cape. Caters for all one's needs and always welcomes the traveller with open arms.
- Louise Cloete

Plettenberg Bay
Nice & friendly city
- Simbarashe Chikonyora

Plettenberg Bay
Love Plett
- Karel De Jager

Plettenberg Bay
The beach is beautiful and clean. There are lots of activities, i.e. boat excursions, etc. to take part in, as well as many restaurants. On the way to Knysna or to Nature's Valley, which are either side of Plett, we came across many more activities such as horse riding and the Knysna Elephant Park. There is such a variety of things to do to keep busy and the Robberg hikes are a big hit too. There are also farm stalls next to the main road in both directions. Such a worthwhile place to visit!
- Diana Eksteen