Breakfast at Gecko again was a nice surprise, bacon, egg, sausage made to order. The food gave us strength for our next endeavor – the Elephant Sanctuary. Curt and I had done an elephant encounter before but this one pretty much blew that away. The sanctuary is actually in a very beautiful area surrounded by trees and foliage. The tour starts in their night time living area which is better than a lot of people in South Africa have.
Then he gave us a little lesson about their six sets of molars. The elephants can’t eat after they lose the last set and then no matter what you do they will die because they can’t eat enough.
Handlers with ele
At long last we got to meet the two elephants, Quito and Casper. By groups of two we were taken up to the elephant to touch his toes, tusk, stomach, feet, tongue, trunk…..
Mom and Dad with Casper
Curt and I touching Casper
In the end you got a kiss from the ele which we thought would be just a touch of the trunk but he actually blows on you! We all left with quite dirty necks.
Ele kissing me
Ele kissing mom
Next section was walking the ele. You were to put four fingers each in his nose! We walked him around in a circle and then fed him snacks for good behavior.
Mom and I then rode the elephant for a good 15 minutes each. The handlers took us up a hill and then we barreled back down. The downward part was quite bouncy!
When the elephant tour was over the bodies needed fuel again so we went to the shops in Hazyview. After lunch Curt and I got a duvet so we won’t sweat to death at night anymore. It is made of silk and incredible soft.
eles holding hands
black cat at ele sanctuary
We drove back through the pothole city and hit the Pick n Pay for 950 rand worth of groceries before rushing home to feed the bush babies. They got their bananas but were not as friendly tonight.