Guided Elephant rides in the Lowveld Kruger area People getting sprayed by an African Elephant Elephant interaction and caring for the Lowveld Kruger elephants Elephants basking in the cool water Children interacting with the Lowveld elephant Elephant handlers showcasing the Lowveld elephants Elephant back safari through the Kruger Lowveld area Elephant trainers taking their elephants for a drink in the stream Ride your own elephant with a guided group through the Lowveld

COMMUNITY UPLIFTMENT

THE POWER OF TOUCH

To celebrate Tourism Month, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency organised a 3-day blind friendly tour. Most of the delegates have been blind from birth and, prior to visiting Elephant Whispers, had no ‘picture’ in their minds of the sheer size and power, and the distinctive physical characteristics of the majestic African Elephant.

Before the group arrived, the staff at Elephant Whispers brainstormed ideas on how to use senses, other than sight, to assist blind guests to be able to ‘visualise’ an elephant. Andre likened the blind guests to blind elephant who can survive in the wild by making use of their other senses, and knew this was the key to creating their special elephant experience.

the power of touch between an African elephant and a blind person blind person feeling the African elephants skin


The visitors put their trust in Andre, the Elephant Handlers and the elephant, giving him their hands to take them on a complete ‘tactile tour’; from the elephant’s smooth tusks and the patterned ridges under their feet, to the wiry hair on their tails. The guests put their fingers on the throbbing pulse in the elephants’ ears, they felt their breath against their cheeks and leant into their bodies to smell their distinctive elephant odour. Through touch, the guests recognised that elephants’ trunks are unbelievably strong, and yet they can gently take an elephant cube from people’s fingers and caress their faces in a greeting. With an incredible look of amazement on their faces, the visitors used their hands to ‘paint’ an elephant image in their minds, their sense of feel to imprint the texture of the elephant’s skin, and opened their hearts to complete their unique elephant picture.


CAMP QUALITY

The Rotary Club organise an amazing annual camp where children with cancer are cared for by cancer survivors. Elephant Whispers eagerly anticipates their visit each year, the children’s enthusiasm, excitement and their bravery are most humbling.

 elephant whispers rotary club annual camp


Dear Friends

I first heard about Camp Quality a few years ago when I was contacted by the White River Rotary Club. I thought it was a wonderful idea to have a camp for children with cancer, where these special kids can just be normal – boisterous and naughty. It is really great how these people from Rotary Clubs in the area give their time and their love to spoil these children for a week and to give the parents a small holiday. Helping people, especially children with cancer is a cause very close to my heart. I know how it feels to have this terrible disease and I thank God for people like you who put their hearts and souls into helping others.

I wish you all the best and hope to be able to join you in years to come with this amazing project.

God bless you.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
AT A GLANCE


Sandford Community Upliftment


Riebs Khoza Pre-School
Classroom Renovations


Rindzani High School Assistance


Entokozweni Créche Donations


Disadvantaged School Visits
to Elephant Whispers


Hosanna Community Projects


Rotary Club Camp Quality Participation


Blind Friendly Elephant Education


Should you wish to assist Elephant Whipsers
in their Community Upliftment projects
please contact us for further information
and donation details.

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FROM OUR GUEST BOOK

The experts say people with
Autism cannot connect or really
make contact with others.

I saw my 10 year old proving them
wrong with the elephant on July 22nd.
YLANDA HERSSEVOORT-PEREZ

I thought I knew a lot about elephants,
but you taught me the really important
information about them today.
FABRIZIO, DURBAN

I never expected to have such emotional
feeling running around in my head just
through touching an elephant.
LYN BROWN

Thank you for an experience of a
lifetime. It was a privilege to meet our
fellow friends on the planet.

Long may they be protected by good
folk like you. Thank you
TERI, US

We are going to talk about this
experience for a long time to come.
THEA, CAPE TOWN

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