Wild Horizons ceases to offer elephant-back safaris and will instead offer an elephant conservation experience.
Their intention is to continue to work closely with the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, and numerous other conservation bodies to provide refuge to elephants in distress and further the rehabilitation and release work they have been doing to date.
Their mission has always been to create a facility, which would enable them to rehabilitate and ultimately release all elephants in their care, back into a wild free-ranging state. Their goal now is to provide an ‘Elephant Encounter’ that focuses on a conservation experience, offering visitors the opportunity to spend time walking through the bush with the elephants, observing them up close in the wild and getting to know their individual characters while learning more about the importance of elephant conservation from the guides who have journeyed with them through their lives and gained a unique insight along the way.
At Wild Horizons they are very proud of the worldwide recognition they have received for their efforts with orphaned elephants and elephant conservation. The orphans in their care form the heart of the ‘Elephant Encounter’ where guests will meet, walk and become part of the elephant herd.
The team looks forward to continuing to offer guests a life-changing elephant experience and would like to remind you as a traveller that you have the power to make a difference. Being a conscientious traveller can have a material impact in ensuring the ethical and humane treatment of elephants throughout Southern Africa.
For those agents who hold the few bookings for elephant-back safaris already in place, the reservations department will be in touch with you to either honour or convert the booking to an Elephant Encounter.
SOURCE: TOURVEST HOLDINGS (Pty) Ltd.