The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphange 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. 

General information: 

Activity timings, Numbers and Policies

Departures: Daily, subject to availability

Minimum/maximum participants: 2 and 30 respectively


Pick up: 11h30 from hotels in Victoria Falls Town

Drop off: 14h30 at hotels in Victoria Fals Town

Duration: Approximately 3 hourse

Age Restriction and Child Policy: 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 whatever reason). There is no maximum age limit. Children 5-11 years are half price. 

Language: English

Private Safari Min Charge/pax number: 8 guests

Dietary requirements: Guests with specific dietary or religious (i.e. Kosher) requirements, please give notice prior to arrival.

Excursion Includes:

  • Scheduled transfers from/to Vic Falls Town/Hotels

  • Elephant interaction

  • An art lesson

  • Art equipment required for the lesson

  • Two course buffet lunch

  • Local beer, wine, water, soft drinks, coffee and tea

What you need to bring

  • Wear comfortable attire that provides sun protection (remember painting can get a bit messy)

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect/Mosquito repellent

  • Sun hats

  • Polarised sunglasses

  • Cameras (spare film/SD cards/disks)

  • Binoculars

  • Warm clothing in winter (April to August)

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 being surrounded by the African bush. The experience begins in an open thatch Boma, granting guests an uninterrupted view of the beautiful Masuwe River before venturing down to the waterhole to paint.

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