The Elephant Sanctuary

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The Elephant Sanctuary is home to orphaned African elephants and is situated in the Magaliesberg mountain region, (malaria-free area), just an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Elephants are exercised and stimulated daily, which provides a firm foundation for trust. The sanctuary is a safe-haven for the elephants and offers a platform for guest education and interaction that is unforgettable.

Experienced guides will impart fascinating information that will deepen your understanding of elephants.

Accommodation at The Elephant Sanctuary consists of beautifully appointed Indo-African bedrooms that are vibrantly ethnic. The rooms are directly adjacent to the elephant stables. There's a covered patio and lounge for relaxing and reading, and a secluded swimming pool in the forest a few steps from the lodge. The main deck overlooks the elephant boma and you can observe elephants swimming from the tree deck.

There is also a fully licensed bar and curio shop that boasts interesting elephant memorabilia.

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The Elephant Sanctuary daily program and tours

Early Morning Elephant Tour (arrival time : 08h00 / departure time : 09h45)

Wake up time for the elephants and are taken out of their stables. Guests take part in the brushing down of the elephants and an introduction with their guide handlers. Guest walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants and learn about their anatomy and feed them.

Morning Elephant Tour (arrival time : 09h50 / departure time : 12h30)

Guided in small groups on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary, guides will provide in-depth information ans insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to the elephants in the forest and be able to touch, interact  and do trunk-in-hand walk with the elephants. On some hot days you may see the elephants swimming.

Afternoon Elephant Tours (arrival time :13h45 / departure time : 16h00)

Guided in small groups on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary, guides will provide in-depth information ans insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to the elephants in the forest and be able to touch, interact  and do trunk-in-hand walk with the elephants. Get to see where the elephants sleep at night in their stables and feeding.

Afternoon Elephant Tours With Dinner (arrival time :13h45 / departure time : 21h00)

Afternoon tour as per above. Watch elephants going to bed, sundowner drinks on the mountain deck return to the lodge for a four course dinner around the fire in the boma.

Elephant Riding Optional (only for the fit and adventurous)

The elephant rides may be added onto any of the day tours, opportunity to experience elephants from a different perspective. (chidren must be 8+ to ride.

For more information and prices contact :

  • The Elephant Sancutary - Hartbeespoort Dam
  • PO Box 4570 Brits 0250
  • Reservations : 012 258 0423 / 012 258 0332
  • Fax 012 258 0329
  • Email : elephantsancuary@mweb.co.za
  • www.elephantsanctuary.co.za