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, power, and 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 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, guests recognised that elephants’ trunks are unbelievably strong, 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, opened their hearts to complete their unique elephant picture.
PAULA UND DIE WILDEN TIERE COMES TO HAZYVIEW!
Elephant Whispers were delighted to host ‘Paula und die Wilden Tiere’, a German wildlife television documentary series when they recently filmed an episode of Paula’s popular program. Paula’s passion is to enhance children’s knowledge of wildlife; to make the information she imparts memorable and meaningful by comparing aspects of animal and human behaviour and physical characteristics.
The entertaining film shoot found Paula holding a human toothbrush against Lindiwe’s mouth, balancing her petite body against the mound of food Tembo would consume in the next hour and measuring her leg against Tembo’s.
ELEPHANT WHISPERS GOES INTERNATIONAL!
The Elephant Whispers’ Elephant proudly posed for photographs for the Tsonga European summer collection.
Tsonga products are made in the rural village of Lidgetta, in KwaZulu-Natal at an abandoned school building which they have transformed into a bustling hive of activity.
160 Ladies gather daily to create handmade, homemade, from the heart quality shoes and handbags.
SIR RICHARD BRANSON
CAMERON VAN DER BERG
At Elephant Whispers we are incredibly fortunate to meet many special people; guests who have made us grow and opened our minds. Many guests have humbled us, brought us to tears with their bravery and positive outlook against all odds. Every guest has given us the amazing gift of loving their time spent with the elephant.
We have also been honoured to host some famous faces, people who have reached exceptional heights and achievements personally and professionally.
SIR RICHARD BRANSON | TONY BLAIR & HIS FAMILY | CAMERON VAN DER BERG
MICHELLE BACHELET (FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF CHILE)
SIR RICHARD BRANSON
TONY BLAIR & HIS FAMILY