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Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam: Tours & Tickets

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Closed Now: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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The Elephant Sanctuary offers an interactive elephant experience. 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. You...more
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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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R104 Old Rusternburg Road, Madibeng 0216, South Africa
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+27 12 258 9904
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Reviewed today

We had the most wonderful visit to the sanctuary today. Our guide Thabo was absolutely fantastic and very knowledgeable, he really made the day that bit extra special. The walking with the Ellies and the interaction was a once in a lifetime experience that I...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Morgan E
Reviewed yesterday

This was my second visit to the Elephant sanctuary, and I just loved it! It is so worth a visit - not only seeing the elephants, but feeding them, touching them and walking with them - you can take family pictures and even get a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Vixen148
Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday and what a wonder, exciting way to do it! We were in awe of the elephants and their handlers and how well they were kept. It was the most exhilarating experience to hug such a big majestic animal. Thank...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Magda720410
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good day Magda / The Botha's We thank you for your review and for choosing us to be not only part of your daughters 21st Birthday but also be part of your family memories. We hope you will join us again soon at the Sanctuary!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such an amazing experience! My wife had wanted to hug an elephants trunk since she was a little girl and it was just as good as she had hoped! We booked through tripsntours with Willie Hall which made for a nice private tour. We didn't...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Anthony z
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good day Anthony z. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to know that you had such a memorable experience here with us. Looking forward having you here again soon. Regards

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had quite a drive as we started our journey in Sandton, however when we drove into the Elephant Sanctuary we where greeted by the gate guard who enthusiastically welcomed us an pointed us to the reception area. We had such an amazing experience, walking...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Andrea G
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there Andrea G. WE must say this review is so heart warming we can actually feel how much you enjoyed your experience with the Elephants. Thank you for sharing this with us. We are pleased to know that we are part of a memory...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We planned this outing for family and friends visiting from the USA that really were looking to see elephants up close and personal, whilst this part of the visit was fulfilled there is a lot this venue could work on to make it a better...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Fleetwood T
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

HI Fleetwood. Thank you for taking the time to review us. This review really saddens us as we have always came across with empathy and a load of enthusiasm as we have the unique opportunity to bring man and Elephant together. We appreciate your recommendations...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many people would question such close contact with these Elephants But for some elephants ot was their last hope of finding a home, before being put down If we cannot foster contact in this way between 2 incredible sentient beings ( us and elephants )...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank faunachain
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there faunachain. WE truly thank you for your kind words and well explained experience you had here with us. The world has already taken over so much of their space. We look forward having you visit us again in the near future. Regards

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We met Wiseman and he was absolutely brilliant, told us so much. The place is a real find and the monkeys adorable (and I wasn't a big fan before)... Cannot recommend this place highly enough, thank you

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank sashandalhughes
Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there sashandalhughes Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. WE appreciate the feedback and are so happy that you fell in love with our primates. WE look forward guiding you through our Sanctuary in the near future again. Regards

Reviewed September 25, 2019 via mobile

An encounter with some of nature's most majestic animals. Tour guides are incredibly knowledgeable and are passionate. Specifically Thabo. To be able to interact with such amazing animals In a true sanctuary that seeks to provide the best environment for these creatures. Wildlife ancounter like...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2019

Hi there DalinS_12 Thank you for the kind review. We are pleased to know that you had such a great time here amongst our Elephants and our passionate staff. We must agree on Thabo and his passion for what he is doing. We look forward...More

Reviewed September 17, 2019

We were a family of 5 who went, 10yo girl, 8yo boy, my mother in law, husband and myself. This was an experience we will all remember for the rest of our lives. The opportunity to get up close and personal which such a beautiful,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Sanctuary_Management, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2019

Good day TraceyvStaden Thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. We are so pleased to know that you all had a great experience here with us and made memories that can be treasured for life. We look forward welcoming you back...More

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MarjoN97
July 25, 2019|
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Response from Sanctuary_Management | Property representative |
Hi there. Our tours are 1 to 1.5 hours long. First tour departs at 08:00 then 10:00 and last one at 14:00. Rates per adult R795, kids(4-14) - R350 and Pensioners is R625
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Lucy G
May 1, 2019|
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Response from Sanctuary_Management | Property representative |
Hi Lucy G. There is a few transport companies that provide transport from JHB to us. You can ask at the Hotel/Guest house where you stay to assist with the transport.
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Dreamer31287592889
March 8, 2019|
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Hi there. We do not offer Elephant back riding. Regards
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