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Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam

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Address: R104 Old Rusternburg Road, 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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US$201.61*
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Wow so awesome amazing to interact with these gentle giants. We would have never been able to get this amazing opportunity in the wild. Strict supervision by the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wow so awesome amazing to interact with these gentle giants. We would have never been able to get this amazing opportunity in the wild. Strict supervision by the handlers

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Glasgow
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely loved our day here with the elephants. They were so gentle and just totally amazing animals. We had the opportunity to feed them, then our guide who was great and really knew his stuff about the elephants gave us a talk on general elephant info and anatomy. We then got to interact more with them, and even got a... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a free voucher via "Welcome to Jozi" - and it was a truly amazing experience. Had the opportunity to interact with Elephants through feeding, close contact and walking. Beautiful creatures and very unique experience! The team were also great - love the interaction and natural humour of the guide and handlers.

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

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. It's a pleasure for us to read such wonderful feedback from our guests. Will pass the the message to all involved! Hope to see you again soon Regards More 

Klerksdorp, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful, tranquil, well maintained place to be with these most gentle amazing giant's. .The interaction with them is incredible. Great for kids as they get to learn more about these amazing creations

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Brits, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the privilege to take a tour of the elephant sanctuary and it is a MUST DO activity...in the beautiful Magaliesberg environment we could feed and touch the gentle giants... amazing!

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

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. I believe you wanted to make the rating a 5 and not a one? Regards More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing experience, well worth the money. The guides are friendly, informative and helpful. Getting up so close to the elephants is awesome. We learnt so much about them. When given the opportunity to have a kiss from the elephant, have a go! The facilities are clean and beautifully maintained. Loved every minute of the tour.

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

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. We are so pleased to hear about your experience. Hope to see you again soon in the near future. Regards More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took visitors from abroad and like us they were totally fascinated. Loved that we learnt more about elephants and that we could hand feed them.

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

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. We are pleased to hear that both parties had a awesome experience. Hope to see you again soon. Regards More 

Rustenburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite the weather everything was perfect, the interaction, the feeding, the walk and the kiss of an Elephant wooow! something that I can recommend as an outing for Families. The kids will love it.. my kids had the best time of their lives, the same as Mommy and Daddy

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

Good day luciametsileng. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We truly appreciate it. So happy that you had a special time as a family. Just like elephants family time is important and we are pleased that you could experience it with us. More 

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

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

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We truly appreciate your review and are pleased that you had a amazing time with us. Hope to see you again More 

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

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

Good day. Thank you for your review. We truly appreciate it. We hope you will come and walk with our Ellies again. More 

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