The Elephant Sanctuary
Hartbeespoort Dam - Elephant Experience - Wild Life - Accommodation - Conference
The Elephant Sanctuary provides a “halfway house” for young African elephants in need of a temporary home. It is the only operation in South Africa that provides for elephants in this way. It is our vision to release all the elephants into an environment where they can be more independent once they are older.
The main focus of The Elephant Sanctuary is to educate people about all aspects of elephants and elephant husbandry. If we discuss the elephant’s ear, for example, you will get the opportunity to actually touch one and to get a closer look at the smoothness of the skin on the back of the ear compared to the rough skin on the outside.
We also offer a short elephant-back ride – a privilege historically reserved for kings.
The Elephant Sanctuary’s elephant back riding program is conducted in a controlled environment to make it a safe yet exciting experience. Elephant rides are done bare back to enhance your contact with the animal and lasts ten to fifteen minutes. Our experience show that a 10 to 15 minute elephant back ride is long enough to fully experience the unique motion and feeling you get when riding on the back of an elephant.
The Elephant Sanctuary Hartebeestpoort Dam is the only one of the three sanctuaries that offers luxury en-suite accommodation for guests who would like to overnight.
Other than what’s on offer at the sanctuary, there are plenty of other activities nearby, including tree-top canopy slides, horse riding, quad bikes, cycling, walking trails and wine tasting.