The Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort

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venue Portion 196 of 108 on Farm of Zandfontein
R512 Old Rustenburg Rd
Hartbeespoort North West Province
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time 7 days a week, at 08h00; 10h00 and 14h00
Open on public holidays
cost Please contact us for costs
age All ages

Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort

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.

Elephant interaction program (essential)

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.

Enjoy a drink in our Coffee Shop, and visit our curio shop. Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera. The 08h00 Elephant Experience includes brushing the elephants down. Elephant Back Riding is an optional activity, offered additionally to the Interaction experience. The different programs are listed below with summaries as to what to expect.

Elephant back riding (optional extra add-on)

Riding is an opportunity to experience elephants from a different perspective and is conducted in a boma. It is not a safari experience. (Only for the fit and adventurous). Recommended to wear jeans or long pants. Riding is an optional extra which can be" added-on" to the Elephant Interaction program. Children must be 8 years+ in order to ride elephants.

Please note the Elephant Back Riding cannot be confirmed until the day of the program. For the safety of our guests our Senior Handler will either approve or decline any riding on the day.


For groups 30 people and more a buffet lunch can be arranged. Please ask the reservationist for more information if required.

Guesthouse/Lodge Accommodation

Capacity: 6 rooms (12 people sharing)
Guests have the option to stay in our Tuskers B&B which is situated a short distance away from the elephant stables. Rates are inclusive of Bed and Breakfast only. Check in time is 14h00-16h30. Check out is 10h00 on day of departure. Excludes all Elephant Activities i.e. The Elephant Interaction Program and Elephant Back Riding, as well as the Monkey tour are extra.

Conferencing/Teambuilding Venue

Information on request (all requests for Conferencing/Teambuilding send to: for quotations)

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