There are a number of luxury safari destinations in Africa where it is possible to interact with “tame” elephants, walking hand-in-trunk with them, riding them, cleaning them and generally getting to know their characters and learning all about them. Now it is possible to do this on the Garden Route, without having to pay for a luxury safari lodge. There are five happy elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary and their handlers are ready to introduce you. There is absolutely nothing like the thrill from standing next to an elephant, looking into its eyes and submitting to its gentle explorations with the amazingly prehensile trunk: it is an opportunity you should not miss. The Elephant Sanctuary is located on The Crags outside Plettenberg Bay, near Birds of Eden, Monkeyland and the Tenikwa Big Cat Experience, so a day spent up here allows you to interact with a wide array of fascinating and exhilarating animals and birds.