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Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam

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Address: Brits, 0250, Hartbeespoort 0216, South Africa
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+27 12 258 9904
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Elephant Sanctuary has African elephants and offers an interactive...

The Elephant Sanctuary has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience, elephant back riding and overnight accommodation. We offer hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides our guests with a far more intimate experience with the elephants. 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.Guests are 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 the forest area, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. 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. See the stables where the elephants sleep at night. Guests learn about elephant anatomy and are able to feed them. 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.

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Amazing experience

The Elephant Sanctuary is truly an great experience. The staff are so pleasant and helpful. The guides are helpful and very informative. To be up close to a gentle giant was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Elephant Sanctuary is truly an great experience. The staff are so pleasant and helpful. The guides are helpful and very informative. To be up close to a gentle giant was such a privilege. Guides are so helpful in taking photo's and video's. The ultimate experience was "the Kiss" from my gentle giant. This experience was truly amazing and comes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic morning out from Jo'burg despite the rain! Feeding and walking with the Elephants was really great, we declined the riding option(don't agree with it) learned a lot too.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recommend this outing for everyone - Its an amazing experience -well organised/professional/good value for money

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had booked the elephant interaction well in advance and on the day of the interaction, there was heavy rain. We decided to proceed to the Elephant Sanctuary as we had booked for the 08:00 time slot, in the hopes that the rain would subside a bit. On arrival, it was still raining but the receptionist assured us that walking... More 

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KoosVanTonder, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this review

Good day. Thank you for writing this review for us. I'm happy to say that in near future there will be a special visit with the big bull!! Something to look forward too. Hope to see you soon again for this one. Regards More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

There are no words to accurately describe this experience. We were the only locals in the tour, all the other visitors were from France, Germany, Chile and Brazil, they were all greeted in their own languages by Sam. Sam was a fantastic guide, we really and truly appreciated his way of speaking and humour while teaching us about the elephants.... More 

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KoosVanTonder, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this review

Good day Colleen. Thank you for your kind words. Will send the special THANKS to Sam. Hope to see you again soon. Regards More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The rangers/guides explain and educate, treat the animals very well, and seem to enjoy their work. We got to interact with at least one elephant, getting to touch the various parts of the body (trunk, ears, body, tail). Absolutely amazing animals. And the rangers were experts and taking pictures of us with our own cameras.

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KoosVanTonder, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this review

Good day Annas. Thank you for taking the time to write this special review to us. Will send the message to the rangers/ "photographers" . Hope to see you soon again. Regards More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We booked a day ticket - Elephant Sanctuary, Monkey Sanctuary and Hartebeespoort Cableway - and it was well worth the expense. The elephants were an incredible experience, and the guide was well-informed, friendly and considerate. The elephant handlers had clearly bonded with their charges and, although a bit shy, really took pride in their contribution to the experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Great facility this, lovely well cared for elephants enable you to get up close and personal. Brilliant experience if a little costly. Check availability of tours before setting out. Nice shop and cafe on site. Free ample safe parking. Take fly repellant, but don't let the flies spoil your day .... we enjoyed our 3 hours here ....

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Having 50 people in one group was far too large. Because of the large number of people in the group each experience (such as touching and walking) felt rushed. They should limit the numbers. We went on the 10h00 tour. According to the guide, the 08h00 tour is much smaller and I would have preferred that, especially for the price.

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KoosVanTonder, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this review

Good day. I'm sorry to hear about your experience. We now have another guide in place when it gets busy. Come and visit us again,do the 08h00 program and get the opportunity to also brush down the Elephants. Regards More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Well worth a trip.Sadly a little expensive for us as locals but the experience is worth it.Not far out from jozi an easy day out

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