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Elephant Moments

Hoedspruit, Near Kruger National Park (Limpopo)

Arrive at sunrise for your personal introduction to a very special family. Nothing quite prepares you for your first encounter with the Jabulani elephants. Their mammoth size and vibrant presence are always humbling.

You’ll learn about their incredible story through the grooms who have walked the long road with them, and have formed lifelong bonds in the process. Rescued as a baby when he was found stuck in the mud of a silt dam, Jabulani is the namesake of the herd. The remaining members of his family were all rescued from a strife-torn Zimbabwe when their owner’s farm was expropriated by war veterans. At the hands of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, the family was saved, and their new life on the Kapama Reserve began.

Over the years, five babies have been born to the herd and another two orphans, found in the wild, were rehabilitated successfully.

Your 90 minute interaction will include peacefully observing the animals in their natural habitat (the grooms will share their quirky tales, unique identification and distinctive character traits), a fascinating insight into their extraordinary anatomies (you’re bound to learn something new), and photographic opportunities in close proximity of the pachyderms. Coffee and tea with biscuits are served for your refreshment, as you immerse yourself fully in the natural environment of one of Africa’s most epic creatures.

Following your personal Elephant Interaction, you will have the opportunity to purchase a souvenir in the small Safari Boutique on site.


Meeting Point: The Guernsey Gate (Camp Jabulani Gate on the Guernsey Grave Road). You will be collected and escorted to the elephants.

GPS Co-Ordinates: South 24 degrees, 26’ 27.83” | East 31 degrees, 07’ 38.59” (24°26’27.8″S 31°07’38.6″E).

Meeting time: 06h20am for the elephant interaction at 06h30am.

Duration: 90 minutes


As we are dealing with animals in a wild environment, programmes, availability and confirmations are all subject to factors which are beyond our control.

All guests will be required to sign an indemnity form before commencing with the interaction.

The minimum age for participation is 6 years old.

PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation is available at the lodge and needs to be booked separately.

Contact Details:

+27 (0) 74 137 3286 | +27 (0) 15 793 1265


Kapama Private Game Reserve