We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam

Certificate of Excellence
Features Animals
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: R104 Old Rusternburg Road, Hartbeespoort 0216, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 12 258 9904
Website
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$199.04*
and up
Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Johannesburg
More Info
US$266.16*
and up
Private Magaliesberg Day Tour from Johannesburg including Hartbeespoort Dam
More Info
US$225.81*
and up
Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 246 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 138
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Touch and Feed the Elephants

The elephant interaction excursion was a very interesting experience. We started off by feeding the elephants and after that we had an introduction to some of the elephants where... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Moederhen
,
Centurion, South Africa
Add Photo Write a Review

246 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 221: English reviews
Centurion, South Africa
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The elephant interaction excursion was a very interesting experience. We started off by feeding the elephants and after that we had an introduction to some of the elephants where we touched them to feel what the skin feels like in different places. The elephant closed this part of the outing with a very wet, sloppy kiss. My kiss was perfect... More 

Helpful?
Thank Moederhen
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 hope that you will remember your birthday kiss forever. Regards More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My brother and I visited the Elephant Sanctuary during my visit to SA in April. This experience was one of the highlights of my holiday. Fantastic to be able to get so close to the elephants and interact with them. The trainers and handlers were amazing with the elephants. Our guide Charles was very knowledgeable and is very well recommended.... More 

Helpful?
Thank bondmc
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 happy to hear you had a unforgettable time here with us. We hope you will remember it for ever Hope to see you again Regards More 

Level Contributor
49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In saying that, I can understand why it's expensive.. my wife and I took my step daughter with, and we did the full experience. Was really great do the walk with the elephants... wasn't crazy about the riding elephants but it's just cause I felt bad... ha ha. They truly are majestic, and I think we need to have more... More 

Helpful?
Thank Brad L
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 would like to thank you for your support and for understanding. We truly appreciate your valued feedback. Regards More 

Pretoria, South Africa
Level Contributor
30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely experience, you get to see elephants up close, feed them by hand, go through a small demonstration on the anatomy of elephants, interact and take pictures with the elephants, you even get to do a small hand in trunk walk with the elephants. You have to go to experience it for yourself.

Helpful?
Thank Amith S
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. Your feedback is truly appreciated. Hope to see you again. Regards More 

SOUTH AFRICA
Level Contributor
144 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Helpful?
Thank Lutchmee M
KoosVanTonder, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this review

Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. WE are so pleased that you had a amazing experience with us!! Hope to see you soon again Regards More 

Glasgow
Level Contributor
51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Helpful?
Thank Karen94
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. Its awesome for us to get such positive reviews and we are pleased that you had a amazing experience with us. Walking will never be the same again hey... Hope to see you again Regards More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
88 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Helpful?
Thank Rhys O
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
Level Contributor
8 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Helpful?
Thank Vijay R
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 truly appreciate it. Kids love them as much as they love them! Hope to see you again Regards. More 

Level Contributor
48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 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.

Helpful?
Thank nz0064
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
Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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.

Helpful?
Thank 300Beulah
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 

Travellers who viewed Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam also viewed

Hartbeespoort, North-West Province
Hartbeespoort, North-West Province
 
Hartbeespoort, North-West Province
 

Been to Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?