The Elephant Sanctuary
The Elephant Sanctuary
4.5
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Elephant Sanctuary close to the Kruger National Park. Home to two orphaned African elephant bulls, Kasper and Kitso. Host four fully guided elephant interaction programs per day and some programs that can be added to them. Focus on a more personal and private elephant experience with smaller groups of guests. Perfect stop over when visiting the Kruger National Park or Lowveld.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Meets animal welfare guidelines
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Experience260152
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
In March 2020 we booked and paid in full for our family of 5 to go to the Elephant Sanctuary in December 2020 as part of a South African holiday. Due to Covid restrictions we were unable to travel and cancelled our booking in November. We were told that we qualified for a full refund, and to please send our bank details, which we did. Despite chasing this up via email in December and April, we have received no refund. I have since emailed twice, filled in the form on their website and tried phoning them, but they have gone completely silent and not answering anything. In good faith we paid in full at the time of our booking. Big mistake!!
Written 25 June 2021
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Ghislain R
Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
We went to the sanctuary looking forward for a great interaction with elephants. We booked the trunk-in-hand option. The website clearly indicated it involved walking with elephant. Instead we ended up sitting for an hour on a plastic chair, standing for 2 minutes next to an elephant just the time to take a picture and walk away because the next pair was waiting in line. No walking at all, very limited interaction and a turbulent crowd of 40 people in the same group as us, too many for the guide from the sanctuary to manage. We paid 500 ZARs each for what happened to be a disorganized disappointing and clearly downgraded experience compared to what we paid for.
Written 26 September 2020
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Good day GhislainR308 Thank you for your review. Pleas can you contact me on hazymanager@elephantsanctuary.co.za Kind regrads
Written 11 December 2020
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Kassy K
Killarney, Australia25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
OH, do not miss out on this in Hazyview.. I have been twice in 3 years coming from Australia, and made it mandatory to see big Tembo the huge Elephant again...Had an amazing Elephant experience.. The Guide that gives the talk is very knowledgable about all facets, you can touch the elephant and have photos taken , just an amazing experience to get up close and personal with these amazing animals. The Elephant handlers love these Elephants who are treated extremely well. Excellent visit, loved every minute.. Kids would just love this experience as well..
Written 30 August 2022
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hudsoncrider
241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
It was incredible getting to stand next to the largest land animal on earth! We went to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview where they have rescued 11 elephants from around South Africa. Our guide started by teaching us about elephants, their habits, and their anatomy. Next, it was time to start feeding them! We got to feed two bull elephants. I knew elephants were big, but standing next to them made me realize just how gigantic they are! Although they are big, the two elephants that we fed were gentle giants. They loved having their trunks filled with food and even let us feel their thick skin and trunk. Our guides were incredible. They were very patient and also really took care of the elephants. It was an amazing experience that gave us so much more appreciation for these gentle giants!
Written 22 August 2021
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Nix N
Boksburg, South Africa26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
The Elephant Sanctuary reminds you that elephants are magnificent animals and should not be taken for granted. The guide was well versed and knew alot of elephant facts that was shared with the group. Elephants remain tranquil giants and it was an amazing experience for young and old.
Written 26 December 2021
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Thoriso
8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
The Trunk in hand programme is a rip off. The website description includes a walk to the night shelters, a talk on the anatomy of elephants, a walk with the elephants and thereafter touching and feeding the elephants. We were not taken to the night shelters and did not get to walk with the elephants.
Written 16 December 2020
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Good day osiroht Thank you for your review. I do sincerely apologies as there is no excuse that the website has not yet been updated and we are working on this. With the Covid regulations we decided it will be best that the guests dont all place their hands by the elephants trunks. We did compensate for this by bringing the price down from R720 to R500 per adult and R345 to R250 per child. Thank you.
Written 13 January 2021
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Kyle F
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Visited the location with 3 kiddos, and the staff were so helpful and insightful. It was a real interesting day, as the staff explained everything about the sanctuary and how they help the habitat etc. Kids loved it, and they got to interact with the elephants in a safe manner. Would return!
Written 19 March 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. Be sure to bring the kids again.
Written 20 March 2020
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Lerato M
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A very easy to find location. The Elephant sanctuary staff are the most amazing. Elephant Kitso and Kasper are so friendly and welcoming. Took part in the trunk in hand walk. The elephant handlers are very knowledgeable and enjoy their work, they make interactions with the elephants pleasant. Worth every cent.
Written 9 March 2020
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Good day lerato_Ma Thank you for your wonderful review and rating. We are glad you had such a wonderful time with us and I will pass your compliments on to the rest of the team. Looking forward to your next visit. Kind regards.
Written 10 March 2020
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old people travelling
London, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
It was wonderful to spend a few minutes with elephants. What did become clear is that these were not rescued, they were purchased for a business. These poor elephants are woken up each morning at 7.30am and work all day. They sleep in cages and are lead around with mahouts carrying sticks with metal hooks on the end. They eat pellets, not the natural leaves and work day in and day out for their owners. There were 17 of us who each paid R545 to stand and walk with them, our individual time was less than 5 minutes each. Multiply this out day by day, week by week and it is not hard to see why this is such a good business. They have no freedom of movement, no natural life and no attempt it made to provide them with one. I am saddened to have contributed to their prison.
Written 3 September 2014
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Dear Janet Hi Janet. Your statements that are completely inaccurate leaving me to question if you did in fact visit The Elephant Sanctuary at all. I am not sure where you got your information, it was not on one of our tours, but please allow me to give you the facts. We have rescued over fourteen elephants from hunting farms, zoos and movie sets. Kasper the biggest elephant was rescued from a hunting farm in Namibia. His two brothers were shot just before he was rescued! Kitso also comes from a hunting farm. (his last two relatives, two elephant females were shot last year! All our elephants at the sanctuary need very specific care and management which cost vast sums of money to provide. You did comment how little time YOU spent with the elephant. "our individual time was less than 5 minutes" This seems to be the REAL issue of your letter! All of our guests value this "one on one time" and respect our view on this matter, in the interest of the elephants. We limit individuals time with the elephants so that we can provide the elephants with enough free time to do elephant things during the rest of the day! The time that the elephants spend with all the guests in a day guests is less than 4 hours per day! (your comment that they work all day, is clearly not true). We have four programs a day. The elephants interact with our visitors less than one hour per program, four times a day. Do the math. The elephants normally wake up very early. We don't wake them up! The elephants spend up to 20 hours a day with free time to do natural feeding in the bush, swimming and socializing. The free feeding is done on the 600 hectare farm. We are required by regulation to provide a safe and dry and warm environment for the elephant to sleep in at night which has been provided in the form of large open air 300m2 stables. No cages! Janet, I cant ignore that you have distorted the truth beyond what is close to reality and it makes it very difficult to take your letter to heart. We will however continue to provide a platform to educate all our visitors about the challenges that elephant face today in Africa. Regards.
Written 26 September 2014
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Bedfordboy2010
London, United Kingdom18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is not a sanctuary just two perfoming elephants in a very poor commercial venture. Definitely not a sanctuary for the two poor elephants that perform circus tricks all day. R500 person for entry too. Avoid if you have any concerns for animals.
Written 2 January 2013
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Dear Bedfordboy2010 I am sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary and that you found it to be two circus elephants performing tricks. I can understand that a person who would like to see elephants in a wild environment without an interactive basis may find an elephant trumpeting on command or lying down on command to be uncomfortable. What I would like to point out is that these animals are in what is called a "managed environment". This means that the land-size that they are kept on is not 2000 to 4000 hectares large - it is substantially smaller. The food is therefore brought in and the elephants are looked after by handlers who go out walking and swimming and free browsing with the elephants. We would love to have the elephants on a massive piece of land, running around doing their own thing all the time. The problem is to find the land and then to pay for it - we are talking 30-40 million rand. Then how do we sustain this? Also bear in mind that just down the road Kruger Park already has too many elephants for the land they have available. This is the age-old dilemma of wild elephants. The "tricks" you refer to occur through an unusual process. They are not taught to do them. They do certain things like trumpet for example. When the handler sees them doing this, they say "Trumpet Kitso" ie. they teach the elephant the English name for the action they are already performing and then they reward the behaviour. So then if they want Kitso to trumpet, he knows that that noise he makes is called "Trumpet". It is positive reinforcement of natural behaviours. These interactions are a stimulus for the elephants. If we have any elephant that does not want to be walked with or ridden or interacted with, we do not compel them. I do however respect your opinion and views and thank you for both visiting us and for sending us your opinion. Kindly Elephant Sanctuary
Written 7 April 2013
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