There is a unique, special and intense but a wonderful story behind how Elephant Moments came into existence…
And it all started with a rescued 4 month old elephant calf in June 1997. The orphan was named Jabulani which means ‘to rejoice’. After a year of nursing Jabulani back to health, the process was put into place to re-introduce him back into the bush. Despite numerous attempts, Jabulani kept returning to his human family. Years later, a rescue mission was put into place in March 2002, after word was received that a Zimbabwean elephant herd was facing a grisly and untimely end. We could not let this happen. With absolute amazement we witnessed the meeting between Jabulani and the rescued herd. He was immediately adopted by Tokwe (the matriarch) and had finally found his kin.
Left with the overwhelming custodianship of these beautiful mammals, next logical step was the creation of a lodge to support them. To enable travellers from around the globe the extraordinary impact of meeting the elephants. Be inspired, enlightened, educated and enthused by this memorable and respectful opportunity to meet and learn more about some of the Jabulani herd elephants and their passionate carers. Arrive at sunrise to meet a few members of an extraordinary family, the Jabulani Herd. Delve deeper into the biology and physiology of these gentle giants while learning about each elephant’s unique personalities and remarkable stories.
The respectful 90-minute experience takes place at the Jabulani elephant stables, which borders the HERD elephant orphanage. The Orphanage does not allow the public to visit their premises or to view the orphans, to keep their stress levels to a minimum. The Jabulani Herd elephants that you will meet represent the rest of the herd which they join a little later to continue foraging during their days in the Kapama Private Reserve.
PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
DURATION: 1 hour 30 minutes
WHEN: Open daily, 365 days a year
TIME: 06:30am – 08:00am
ENTRANCE GATE: Arrive 06:00am and self-drive through the Kapama Game Reserve Main Gate on the R40 between Hoedspruit and Klaserie. Booking essential for entrance through security gate.
WEATHER: Weather permitting
WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable clothing
THINGS TO BRING: Sunglasses, sun hat and more importantly your camera
MINIMUM AGE: 6 years
INCLUSIONS: 1 hour 30 minutes Elephant Experience with a personalised introduction and interaction hosted by our passionate elephant carers. Complimentary Coffee and tea with biscuits upon arrival.
EXCLUSIONS: Safari Boutique Shop & Transfers
Please contact our Elephant Moments Manager on the morning if you need any assistance on +27 15 793 1261 or +27 82 922 0120
Only early mornings can be booked as the herd heads off into the bush for the remainder of the day. Kindly note that each day is unique and dependent on the herd’s movement.