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
0.4 km

From R2200* unit

That Place is a comfortable, friendly home where you can spend a good relaxing holiday. Forests and pastoral views, rich bird life - and, if you are lucky - elephants wandering through their paddocks... More Info

Trogon House & Forest spa
0.7 km

From R950 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 R1990 pps

  • ****

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

Kurland Hotel
1.7 km

From R1710 pps

  • *****

Ambassador to the finer things in life, Kurland is the ideal family and honeymoon retreat along The Garden Route. Situated in the foothills of the Western Cape Mountains on on a vast and beautiful pri... 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

Ingwe Forest Cabins & Adventures
3.1 km

From R500 pps

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Ingwe Forest Cabins & Adventures is situated in The Crags just 16kms East of Plettenberg Bay on 200 hectares of privately owned land. We are an outdoor educational and adventure centre offering Teamb... More Info

Lily Pond Country Lodge
3.2 km

From R875 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

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

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Plettenberg Bay Reviews

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

Plettenberg Bay
Great little town with plenty of options in terms of dining and entertainment. Most restaurants were ok but one served me off calamari which was the weirdest thing to me with Plett being a coastal town. Street kids are a bit of a nuisance when they see your car registration isn't from Plett itself. Service is generally ok but I had an instance where a waitress was rude by making snide comments about me to a colleague and she assumed I didn't speak or understand afrikaans so went on to make the comments in front of me. I left it at that and thought that oneday someone would give her a go.
- Simone Hasselbach

Plettenberg Bay
Great holiday destination! Scenery and hiking amazing!
- Karin Liebenberg

Plettenberg Bay
Good venue for a few days of beaches and entertainment or water sports
- Clive Francis