Hands-on educational elephant interactions at Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary

Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary

Did you know that an African elephant’s brain can weigh as much as 5kg? Learn about these other facts about elephants when you visit the Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary – near Hartbeespoort dam, North West, with your family.

If you are planning to spend the whole weekend exploring the sanctuary and surrounding attractions, they also offer comfortable overnight accommodation.

Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary is part of Elephant Sanctuary South Africa, which runs two other amazing African Elephant Sanctuaries in Plettenberg Bay and Hazyview. Read more on the Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary HERE.

At the Elephant Sanctuary, you will have the opportunity to get close to these majestic animals and interact with them in a safe and meaningful way. The elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary have “fallen through the cracks” of national elephant management schemes and have found their new home at the Sanctuary.

Orphaned, abandoned and displaced elephants have been given a new family amongst others of their kind and have built close relationships with their guides.

These tight-knit relationships with the elephant keepers have been built on respect and excellent elephant care. The Elephant Sanctuary aims to share this intimate connection with guests, opening people’s eyes to the wonder of “Human-Elephant Harmony” as opposed to “Human-Elephant Conflict”.

Fun for the whole family at Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary

The Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary offers various packages, which are designed to be fun for the whole family.

There is a Day Tour option, which includes an elephant interaction experience at The Elephant Sanctuary, a monkey tour at Monkey Sanctuary Hartbeespoort and a cable car ride up the Magaliesberg Mountains at Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort.

You can choose the Elephant Sanctuary & Monkey Sanctuary experience, which includes an elephant interaction at the sanctuary and a monkey tour at Monkey Sanctuary Hartbeespoort.

Option 3 – the Elephant Sanctuary & Aerial Cableway package, involves an elephant interaction and a cable car ride at Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort.

Their Monkey Sanctuary & Aerial Cableway package is also popular with visitors and includes a monkey tour at the Monkey Sanctuary as well as a cable car ride at Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort.

You can make an online booking HERE.

Reviews from previous visitors

“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,” wrote LordP428 on their TripAdvisor page.

Karusha S added; “A bucket list experience. Friendly staff. The elephants are majestic and well taken care of. Beautiful experience.”

Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary is located at 104 Old Rusternburg Road 0250 Hartbeespoort, North West. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 12 258 9904; email reservations@elephantsanctuary.co.za or visit them online hartbeespoortdam.elephantsanctuary.co.za today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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