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Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview

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A ‘giant’ experience!

Some reviews have negative implications mainly because these wonderful elephants have been trained... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
MDLS56
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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Trunk in hand experience at Elephant Santuary

on 2018-11-28, my friend and I attended the Trunk-in-Hand Program at Elephant Sanctuary in... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2018
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Elephant Sanctuary close to the Kruger National Park. Home to two orphaned African elephant bulls, Kasper and Kitso. Host four fully guided elephant interaction programs per day and some programs that can be added to them. Focus on a more personal...more
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R536 6 Abek Farm Sabie Road, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Some reviews have negative implications mainly because these wonderful elephants have been trained to perform. The plain fact is that without the support of a sanctuary both these elephants would likely be dead. They need the support of the public and the programmes have been...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have no negative comments about the Sanctuary or its staff. Reception staff were friendly and helpful. The guides know there stuff. Unfortunately, I did get the sad sinking feeling that these gentle giants have been trained to perform for humans all day, every day,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Craig S, Owner at Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Barbara Thanks for sharing your feelings. The elephants are not confined to a small spaces and do get to free roam in 600 hectares of natural bush during their free time. Although you might not have experienced the elephants in the bush or at...More

Reviewed 13 December 2018

on 2018-11-28, my friend and I attended the Trunk-in-Hand Program at Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview. We had a very insightful lecture on the anatomy and Behaviour of elephants in general, as well as a short background history of the two gentle giants Kasper and Kitso....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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SanctuaryManagerHazy, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good day Andre Thank you for your great rating and wonderful review. I am very please that you had such a wonderful experience and will pass the compliments on to Trinity and the rest of the team. Kind regards

Reviewed 22 November 2018

I'm sorry to write a negative review, but when we were told we were visiting an elephant sanctuary I expected more than 2 animals and in my humble opinion they are no more than circus performers in the outdoors. They are made to perform with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

I and my family enjoyed companion we had with elephants and friendly staff at elephant sanctuary, Mr. Edward, Thomas, Innocent, Charamera, Donald and all of the boys. My family never thought that you can be close to an elephant and touch and feed, It an...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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SanctuaryManagerHazy, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Good day Traveler792467 Thank you so much for your excellent rating and kind words. I will make sure to show your compliments to the team. Looking forward to your next visit. Kind regards

Reviewed 17 October 2018

The visit to the Elephant sanctuary Hazyview was the best thing we could have done. We got to meet Kasper and Kitso(Knowledge) and I couldn't believe how such giants would have the most amazing souls. Got a kiss from Kitso and got to walk with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SanctuaryManagerHazy, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Good day H4888ZTpatriciam Thank you for your great review. We are glad you had such a wonderful experience. My sincerest apology if you felt the handlers got a bit impatient, but I can promise you this was not the case. To give you some insight...More

Reviewed 15 October 2018

We did the 8am session, well presented, good cleaning up of stalls. Had a informative lecture on elephants and then met the 2 GIANTS, loved ever moment. Understood my place in the animal list on this planet.

Date of experience: October 2018
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SanctuaryManagerHazy, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Good day E4299IWjohnt Thank you for the excellent review. We are very glad you had such a wonderful experience and hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards

Reviewed 13 October 2018

The guide educates you prior to the encounter about the facility and the elephants which was interesting. The elephants however seemed trained and though we enjoyed the close encounter we had mixed feelings about the conditions where they resided. If they are truly rescued animals...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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SanctuaryManagerHazy, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

Good day jonjo7 Thank you for you great rating and review. Both our Gentle Giants are indeed rescued and originate from the Kruger National Park. Kind Regards

Reviewed 24 September 2018

These two gentle giants, Casper and Kitso, have stolen our hearts. At the beginning of the day, standing next to them, we realised just how insignificant and removed our lives can become if we allow this. After spending the whole day with them (Big Foot...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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SanctuaryManagerHazy, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

Good day kdklmjcheck123 Thank you for your excellent rating and review. We are glad you had such a wonderful experience and appreciation for these amazing gentle giants. I will give the message to the rest of the team. See you soon! Kind Regards

Reviewed 23 September 2018

We chose to do the Sundowner tour and were rewarded with watching these animals at play in the water, just being themselves. There are only two rescued bull elephants at this sanctuary which made it feel less commercial. We had an interesting talk about Elephant...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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SanctuaryManagerHazy, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

Good day MATTNottinghamUK Thank you for your excellent rating and review. We are very glad you had such a wonderful experience and that you could understand and see for yourself the best we try to provide these amazing Gentle Giants. Kind Regards

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MGRL411
7 July 2016|
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Response from HeatherE1134 |
I was just there two days ago and you were allowed to ride elephants and was not happy about it.
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Deegaug
13 July 2015|
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Response from SanctuaryManagerHazy | Property representative |
Dear Deegaug, All the elephants at 3 Sanctuaries have been removed from the wild by a third party, the ellies eventually ended up with us. The older male at the Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary was removed from the Kruger... More
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