Elephant Art Safari
Highlights & General Information:
The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage and Art of Africa have teamed up to create an eco conscious and unique elephant experience, brought to life by the artistic strokes of your fingertips, while surrounded by the African bush.
An open-design thatch Boma gives guests an uninterrupted view of the beautiful Masuwe River, and against this breath-taking back drop, guests will be given an insightful and educational presentation on the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphange. The sanctuary was founded on the principle of conservation, and one of the most effective ways to evoke a sense of environmental responsibility is to show what stands to be lost. Guests will have an opportunity to talk to guides that have journeyed – physically and metaphorically, incredible distances with these elephant, and learn more about the complexities of the individuals and the herd structures. Guests will learn about the elephant as well as their history and how they came to be in our care as well as the threats facing elephant populations today, in an interesting and informative talk.
Guests then venture down to a waterhole and mud wallow where, under the shade of an enormous Mopane tree, they will find a chair and easel – each set up with a fresh sheet of paper. Brightly coloured aprons and palettes with bright splotches of paint will also be handed out. A private tutor is provided to guide guests through a painting workshop, using their sketch pads and brush to capture the moment. Soon guests’ white sheets of paper will be transformed into a canvas with a glorious blue sky, sunshine, yellow, brown or green grass and of course elephants. Once finished, guests will go back to “The Wallow” for a delicious two course buffet lunch accompanied by a cold beverage rounding off a perfect morning’s experience. After lunch guests will be transferred back to their lodgings in Victoria Falls Town.
Departures: Daily, subject to availability
Minimum / Maximum participants
Times: Pick up: 11h30 from hotels in Victoria Falls town. Drop off: 14h30 hrs at hotels in Victoria Falls town
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Age Restriction & Child Policy:
Minimum age: Children aged 5 and older can participate if accompanied by a parent. Management retains the right to refuse a child, whom they feel is unsuitable for the activity, for any reason.
Maximum age: There is no maximum age limit.
Children 5-11 years are half price, over 12 pay full price.
Dietary Requirements: Guests with specific dietary or religious (i.e. Kosher) requirements, please notify Wild Horizons prior to arrival. We endeavor to accommodate most requests, but require a reasonable time to do so.
Inclusions: Scheduled transfers from/to Vic Falls Town/Hotels; an Elephant Interaction; an art lesson; art equipment required for the lesson; a two course buffet lunch; local beer, wine, water, soft drinks, coffee & tea.
Private Safari Min charge/ pax number: 8 guests
What to Wear and Bring
• Wear comfortable attire that provides sun protection (remember painting can get a bit messy!)
• Insect/Mosquito repellent
• Sun hats
• Polarised sunglasses
• Cameras (spare film/SD cards/disks!)
• Warm clothing in winter (April to August)
Watch a video.
Whilst hand rearing these orphans we have come to understand that the best way to appreciate these magnificent creatures is to watch them living wildly and freely. The Elephant Encounter will give guests the opportunity to unobtrusively interact with some of the biggest personalities in Africa, in a pristine environment overflowing with raw natural beauty.
With an uncontested, unwavering conservation ethic, Wild Horizons was identified as an ideal candidate to create a facility that would enhance the lives of the founding four elephants and provide a space for other elephants in need of care. The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage was established, and has been a safe haven to a mirage of orphaned and injured elephants since its conception.