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Elephant Encounter

Walk with elephants and see them behave as they would in the wild, no barriers! Meet the keepers, learn about how we care for the precious herd and get a fantastic photo opportunity.

Elephant adventures

Your Elephant Encounter adventure begins with lunch before taking a Safari Off Road Adventure tour in the unique glass-roofed Bigfoot vehicle with an expert guide. You'll travel through the Road Safari to get up close to many animals including lions, tigers, monkeys and giraffe.

You'll then be transported by into the peaceful woodland of the Woburn Estate to meet and spend time with the herd of Asian elephants.

Discover more about this extraordinary species, watch them graze and dust bathe, and at the end of the experience, there will be the opportunity to have a picture taken with one of our adult female elephants.  

Woburn Safari Park is the only wildlife park in the UK where the elephant herd is walked across miles of parkland and woodland, joined by you - our special VIP guest! 

What our customers say

"Just had the most amazing day out at Woburn safari park. I was given the elephant experience as a birthday present - and presents don't get much better than that." M.R. on TripAdvisor

"...a fantastic tour guide and she made the experience very memorable, we also learnt a lot more about the beautiful animals. A big thank you to the team at Woburn - it is something we will never forget and I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals." 212alt, TripAdvisor 


Elephant Encounters are only available from April to September and are available to book for 2020 now! 

There are 16 places on each booking date, this is a non-exclusive booking and you will to share your experience with other guests, unless you book all 16. 

For more details, contact the VIP Team by phone 01525 292124 or email


This experience costs just £249 per person and includes entry to the Safari Park, a £10 lunch voucher and entrance to Sea Lion Cove (Sea Lion Cove tickets must be collected from Junglies Gift Shop for your desired time slot). 

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and the expectation is that these places will book up fast, so don’t miss your chance to take part in this amazing experience - the only place in the UK you can enjoy getting this close to these majestic animals. 

Charitable support 

£10 from each sale is donated to the International Elephant Foundation.  The IEF support and operate elephant conservation and education programs in managed facilities and in the wild, with emphasis on management, protection and scientific research. Read more at

What's Included

  • Entrance to the Safari Park
  • A Safari Park Guidebook
  • A £10 lunch voucher to use in one of two restaurants (includes a hot/cold meal and a drink)
  • A mini VIP Safari Off Road Adventure

Availability and Restrictions

  • Maximum of 16 participants per experience
  • Each experience starts at 2.30pm (meet your guide in Junglies Gift Shop 10 minutes ahead of your booking)
  • This tour is only available for adults aged 16 or over on the date of the experience
  • Unfortunately the VIP Bigfoot vehicle and VIP Land Rovers are not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that some walking is required while out in the woods.

How to book

Elephant Encounters are only available from April to September and are available to book online for 2020 now! 

There are 16 places available on each booking date, this is a non-exclusive booking and you are likely to share your experience with other guests, unless you book all 16. 


Elephant Encounter