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Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam

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R104 Old Rusternburg Road, Hartbeespoort 0216, South Africa
+27 12 258 9904
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US$223,81*
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Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria
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US$263,80*
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Private Magaliesberg Day Tour from Johannesburg including Hartbeespoort Dam
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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R104 Old Rusternburg Road, Hartbeespoort 0216, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

You get to brush the elephants, walk around a paddock, meet them in the woods and then meet a single male elephant out in the park. You learn about the elephants and feed them. Worth the money. There is no food included, you do get...More

Thank Karen885jc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a great opportunity to be so close to the elephants. Quite special experience for the kids and also educative. It is much different than seeing elephants in the zoo. Our son was sick so we had to postpone our tour. The staff was...More

Thank Eren G
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your feedback and look forward seeing you here again, this time experiencing the whole tour. Regards

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

well where to start what a humbling experience what beautiful animals this place is a definate must you don`t really appreciate their size and presence till your stood right next to one interacting with them is something else very special the keepers are very knowledgeable...More

Thank 59paul1
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. We appreciate your feedback and are pleased to hear that you had a special time with us. Hope to see you again soon. Regards

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a great mix between interacting with the elephants and learning about them - being able to get that close with them was amazing and a real sanctuary for them, they seemed very happy there and even happier if you had food!!

Thank Rebecca J
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. Your honest feedback is valued. We look forward guiding you through our Sanctuary again. Regards

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I opted for the early morning brush-down session and was pleasantly surprised. The staff were very friendly and helpful and even offered to take plenty of pictures with my phone. It was an educational and a unique experience to be up close to these majestic...More

Thank pooldiva2014
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. We appreciate your feedback and we are pleased to hear that you had a amazing time with us. Thank you for the recommendation Regards

Reviewed 12 November 2017

As a 'tourist' I found this experience amazing. I'm used to going to zoos and seeing elephants caged up and disinterested. Not only were these African elephants interactive, they seemed remarkably intelligent. From the onset, our guide, Charles, was excellent. Groups were small which made...More

Thank Naresh G
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. We are pleased to hear that you had a amazing time with us. Will surly pass the message to Charles. Regards

Reviewed 7 November 2017

The fees charged for this (expected) experience is getting out of reach for South African citizens, management may consider a system where a discount is given for locals on proof of SA Id Book. We were a group of 10 persons and the cost were...More

Thank poenie
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Good day Poenie. Thank you for the feedback. Regards

Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

I specifically came to Hartbeespoort so that I could interact with the lions and the elephants. At the elephant sanctuary, tourists deal strictly with Elephants; feeding, touching and walking with them. Also, there is an option of riding the elephant at an extra cost. I...More

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Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Good day Yaquta007. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. We appreciate your honest feedback and are pleased to hear that you had a memorable time with us. Thank you for the link, its good to see the memories that...More

Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Facilities are beautiful, and our guide Sam was wonderful. All the foreigners on our tour loved the interaction with the elephants.

Thank 534gildas
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Good day. Thank you fro taking the time to write this review about us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour. We will pass the message to Sam. Regards

Reviewed 23 October 2017

I really enjoyed my visit to the Elephant sanctuary. You can touch, feed and walk with the elephants. Even back riding is possible. The handlers are really good.

Thank 860anked
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. We appreciate your honest feedback and are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Regards

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Michelle W
9 July 2017|
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Good day. Please send me a mail to management @ monkeysanctuary coza so i can gather all the information required to assist.
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gilawaichman
12 April 2017|
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Good day. TripAdvisor doesn't allow us to put email address or website URL. You can find our email address on our website.
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gilawaichman
6 April 2017|
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Kindly send us a email in order for us to give you a quotation.
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