Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam

Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, Hartbeespoort: Hours, Address, Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam Reviews: 4.5/5

Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam

Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam
4.5
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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little_baggage
Pretoria, South Africa29 contributions
Touching a gentle giant
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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agi a
Pretoria, South Africa2 contributions
Amazing life time experience!
Apr 2021
This was an absolutely amazing experience. Very informative, very friendly staff, and the work they do here is incredible! I highly recommend giving this a try, you won't be disappointed.
Written 26 April 2021
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LordP428
Johannesburg, South Africa48 contributions
Interaction with these amazing animals is truly magical
Feb 2021
Being able to feed, learn and interact with these magnificent animals is an experience like no other. The guides and handlers are pleasant, passionate and knowledgeable. The animals look well cared. The property is a forgotten treasure and hard to describe the true beauty of this location. From the online reservation through to the end of our stay was flawless, well done and highly recommend.
Written 6 February 2021
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Dear LordP428 Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you had such a wonderful time and that you could experience the magnificence of these amazing animals in their natural environment. We look forward to seeing you again sometime in the near future. Regards
Written 18 February 2021
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Karusha S
5 contributions
Elephants are God's
Aug 2019 • Family
A bucket list experience. Friendly staff. The elephants are majestic and well taken care off. Beautiful experience.
Written 19 July 2020
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Hi karushas2020 Thank you for your review. We are so happy that you could be a part of this 'beautiful experience'. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Regards
Written 14 January 2021
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Sylvia du Preez
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
We couldnt go as the price is out of range of average south african
Dec 2019
We were disappointed that we could not even consider this at the entry prices. We are South African pensioners trying to see a bit of our own country as our bucket list. These prices are aimed at overseas tourists who find their money multiplying when it comes to South Africa. Unfair to us locals.
Written 15 March 2020
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We are sad to hear that you had difficulty affording this, even at our pensioner rate. We understand that times are tough at the moment and have started adding some seasonal specials in order to make this more affordable. We also have a "locals only" special, which is a free tour on the day of your birthday. This should work well for pensioners who can visit any day of the week. Please feel free to give us a call and we can advise on the specials availible.
Written 14 January 2021
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klh405
Johannesburg, South Africa6 contributions
Fantastic experience
Jan 2020 • Friends
Absolutely wonderful experience. These animals are incredible and so gentle. I enjoyed seeing that the staff appeared to genuinely care for the elephants and treated them with kindness and love. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You will not regret it!
Written 12 March 2020
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We thank you for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. These magnificent animals have a very special place in every staff member's heart. Thank you for your visit and your support of these beautiful animals.
Written 14 January 2021
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Corlia M
Pretoria, South Africa18 contributions
Super amazing time staying in the lodge and visiting the elephants!
Feb 2020
The Elephant Sanctuary is such an amazing set up in the hills around the Hartbeespoort dam. We stayed overnight at the Lodge, went to a wedding just up the road, had breakfast with Noah and his amazing staff looking after us - booking our interaction for us with the elephants later...and was that amazing!!!!

Just imagine, a little young elephant orphaned by poachers, taken in, cared for and looked after by a group of amazing handlers! We fed one of the biggest bull elephants I have ever had the honour to be so close too...and walked hand in trunk with one of the orphans that has been at the reserve for nearly 20 years. We then were treated to one on one interaction with the elephants, learning about their soft belly and super hard tail hairs...and much much more - we have super cool photos of elephant kisses' and the whole family standing between two 'giants of the bush' - the final talk by our guide on elephant behaviour was so interesting it had us all close to tears when he spoke about how they care for their elders...thank you to all it was one of life's experiences one will never forget
Written 2 March 2020
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Hi Corlia M. Thank you so much for your kind words and awesome review. It means a lot to us! We are pleased that you had this amazing experience with the whole family gathered. Pretty sure this picture is already framed and the highlight of the house? WE look forward to having you here again soon. Regards
Written 5 March 2020
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André K
3 contributions
Engagement weekend
Feb 2020 • Couples
So I decided to get engaged in February.

I had a lot of ideas but finally decided to do the elephant experience. I called the sanctuary and they were so helpful from the first call made the arrangement with them.

From the moment we arrived we were helped by the friendliest people all smiles. The guides were professional and the elephant experience was out of this world.

Thanks for everything guys you made our special day a fairytale.

10/10
Written 1 March 2020
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Hi ankelank Thank you for your review! We are SO happy that we could have been part of your special moment!!! You know they say an Elephant never forgets - so we will see you next year on your anniversary again...... Regards
Written 3 March 2020
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Kelsey6993
Toronto, Ontario, Canada5 contributions
Most incredible experience - take me back!!!!!!
Jan 2020
This elephant experience was EVERYTHING! I only wish I could spend more time with these beautiful creatures. The handlers are well informed, and you can tell they have a really special, trusting bond with the elephants kept here at the moment. The handlers were able to answer any and all questions about elephants that us as a group had, and you got the feeling the elephants are happy in their care. When I asked about what happened if the elephants didn't want to participate in the visits for the day, the handlers responded - "Then we don't do it! We don't do anything the elephants don't want to. They just wouldn't go for it" - something I know that a lot of other animal "visiting" centres ignore and force their animals into co-operating.

The elephants allow you to touch their ears, under their belly, their tails, and even under their feet! The best part of it all was I got a kiss from Temba, one of the male elephants there who is super playful.

I loved this experience so much I came back again the next day, where we had the opportunity give the elephants a good brush down- such a wonderful way to get up close and personal with them.

I would love for a more immersive experience at the sanctuary, but my time constraints for my trip were limited such that I couldn't work as if I was having a "day in the life" of a sanctuary handler.

I am so thrilled these elephants have been taken in at this sanctuary after experiencing their hardships, and are being set up for a successful, self-sufficient life ahead.
Written 25 February 2020
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Good day Kelsey805 Wow - thank you for your kind and honest review! We appreciate the time you took to write this review. One day when you have time - you need to book the day in the life of a keeper.....It will be an emotional super experience that will top both the interaction and brush down. We look forward to having you here again soon. Regards
Written 28 February 2020
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Muhammed Yusuf K
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions
An Amazing Adventure
Feb 2020 • Couples
The elephant sanctuary was by far one of the best places I've been to. The experience is amazing. The staff are quite friendly and do the most to make your experience an amazing one.

Would definitely go back!
Written 25 February 2020
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Hi Moe786786 Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased to know that you had such a great experience here with us and that our staff was a big part of your special memories. See you again soon! Regards
Written 28 February 2020
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