Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam

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Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam

Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam
4.5
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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The Elephant Sanctuary offers an interactive elephant experience. Our dedicated staff is committed to the use of positive reinforcement elephant training methods and as a result we have relaxed elephants who enjoy interacting with our guests. You will be guided on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary. Guides will provide in-depth information and insight into African Elephants. You will be introduced to our elephants in a natural area where you will be able to touch and interact with them. You will see the special relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants and become a part of it. Walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants,Learn about elephant anatomy, feed them,see the Elephant night shelters where they sleep. Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera. The 08h00 Elephant Experience includes brushing the elephants down.Open 7 days a week, at 08h00; 10h00 and 14h00. We have overnight accommodation available.
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1-2 hours
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johnO65KV
Centurion, South Africa54 contributions
Feb 2022
I just visited the Elephant Sanctuary located at Hartbeespoortdam in South Africa. I was so impressed by my tour of this place of safety for our magnificent gentle giants, I had to share my enthusiasm.

The tour, conducted by sanctuary managing partner Connie and ably assisted by expert handlers, delivered an unforgettable experience. Each group member fed, touched, brushed, walked with, gained so much information on this endangered species.

With no financial assistance from the South African government or any other source, the effort to preserve these beautiful creatures for future generations is financed purely from entrance fees.

For an unforgettable experience, captured professionally on a video to treasure, visit the Elephant Sanctuary at Hartbeespoortdam or Hazyview or Plettenberg Bay in sunny South Africa.
Written 23 February 2022
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Teena Marie
42 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
The Sanctuary is very educational and no animals were mishandled by visitors or handlers. Excellent experience.
Written 25 November 2021
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Soraia Vusberg C
3 contributions
Oct 2021
The poor animals have to work to entertain noise and disrespectful tourists. Take picures, lift their feet, open their mouths to hundreds all day long. This is not a Sanctuary! This is slavery! Please don't support this type of bussiness. Very sad.
Written 8 November 2021
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5StarSimi
Roodepoort, South Africa142 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
@elephant_sanctuary_harties we had the opportunity to interact with a beautiful gentle giant, Khumba was her name and she was super amazing today, and a special thanks to her trainers and our guide name Carol or was it Connie (omg I am so sorry I forgot your name … you were amazing). This is the 3rd time I have been to the @elephant_sanctuary_harties and can highly recommend it .. if you have a chance go out and support them and you will have an experience of a lifetime 🐘 💕
Written 3 October 2021
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SenRun
5 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
An absolutely amazing experience, in an elephant sanctuary which truly cares for its animals. Contrary to the misinformed reviews you may find here, the animals are treated amazingly and are released once they are ready. The guides are very knowledgable - the animals beautiful and well cared for - and the interaction with them is very safe and an all around memorable experience.
Written 2 October 2021
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fredhorst23
New Orleans, LA58 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We found out about this place from our driver at sun city, reuben. He went through all the steps of getting the booking set up and getting outside transportation to get us there. We did the elephants first. The first part is brushing the elephant. I personally took this pretty seriously did my part getting her clean, although most people seemed to not really get it and I don't really know how important it was anyway. People also seemed quite afraid of the elephants, but I thought they were pretty straightforward and relaxed. Next you do a short walking path, with the elephants bringing up the rear. If you stay at the back of the group you can really nail some over the shoulder selfies with the elephants right behind you. The next step is a very thorough individual walk through of the elephant from front to back with a guide. Really gives a greater appreciation of elephants. After a brief informational stop, the final stage is feeding, which is amusing but nothing too crazy. The slower you pour the food out, the longer the elephant will hang out with you. Next we went to the monkey walk. The guide was nice, but the only monkeys we saw were capuchins for the first part of the walk, and the same capuchins on the way back. Between these 2 points is a very long walk up some ramps and bridges and down the other side. You will seat and have trouble breathing in a mask. You will also be told afterwards that the monkeys don't go over there. Roughly half of the experience is in the no-monkey zone. I gave this 5*s because the elephants are amazing, the staff is nice and the facilities are excellent. You can skip the monkeys, or at least keep expectations reasonable. Also, be sure to bring cash to tip the handlers and guides.
Written 30 September 2021
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Karend1958
Yavne, Israel27 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Overall a very positive experience. Highly recommended
Sam our guid was highly professional and knowledgeable.
Perfect family outing for all ages
Written 21 September 2021
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lsjJohannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa41 contributions
Aug 2021
A lovely family visit to celebrate my husband 's birthday with my children (7 and 10).
Our phone charger was not working in the car so we arrived at the sanctuary with no cameras to take photos. This was a blessing in disguise, as the sanctuary offers a video service (R240) and they also accommodated us by taking photos on their phones. As we didn't need to worry about taking photos we enjoyed the experience much more by focusing on what we were there to do - to learn about elephants and interact with them. It was an amazing unforgettable experience and well worth the money. I felt privileged that the elephants allowed us to interact with them and touch their knees, feet. trunk, tusks etc. Beautiful gentle giants. The staff very passionate about the elephants. On the website there are a variety of packages to choe, and we chose the combined package of elephant interaction + the cableway trip up the magaliesberg mountain. This was a fun thing to do with the kids afterwards so would highly recommend.
Written 28 August 2021
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Thomas H
Alberton, South Africa3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We really enjoyed learning about the Elephants and Monkeys/Lemurs. Getting to feed and touch an Elephant was simply amazing. People complain about the cost in other reviews I've read, but it's to support all the animals in the sanctuary. It's a must to visit and experience. The guides were also great.
Written 21 August 2021
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little_baggage
Pretoria, South Africa46 contributions
May 2021 • Family
This should be on everybody’s bucket list. Have you ever touched an elephant’s elbow? Well, my entire family has. Very informative, interactive tour with four gentle giants. The elephants are superbly cared for and this experience is worth every cent!!
Written 30 May 2021
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