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.
The Elephant Sanctuary truly is one of a kind. When meeting them you will discover that each one has a different character, personality and temperament. 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:
7 days a week, at 08h00; 10h00 and 14h00
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 can feed them. 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 program. The different programs are listed below with summaries as to what to expect and the rates.
Meet our Elephants:
Male – Amarula is the oldest bull at the sanctuary in Hartebeestpoort dam. He spent most of his life in different zoo’s in South Africa and had very little direct contact with people before arriving at the sanctuary. He moved from the Bloemfontein zoo to the sanctuary in 2008, and only arrived with one tusk. His other tusk was lost many years ago. Amarula loves all the attention he is receiving now and is estimated to be 49 years old.
Female – born 1990 – is the matriarch at the sanctuary and she loves all the attention she gets from the guests and the handlers. She is the “mother” of the herd and will always keep a protective eye over the others. Khumba loves mud baths and spend a lot of her free time splashing around in the pond. Khumba is 28 years old.
A Female – born 1990/1. Mosadi is a little bit bigger than other 20 year old elephants. Mosadi is “second in command” and helps maintain the family structure. She loves interaction with the other elephants and has a much louder trumpet than the others. She also loves hearing her own voice, so if there are loud trumpeting coming from the enclosures you can be sure it is the 28/29 year old Mosadi “singing”.
Temba a male was born in 2000 (18 years old). Temba is the “baby” of the herd and he loves the fact that all the other elephants always look after him and smother him with love and attention. Temba is very fond of children and thrive on all the attention he gets from them. As the “baby” he always likes to challenge his big “brother” Mvusu as they kick up dust playing with each other.
Mvusu, a young bull, was born in 1999 and is now 19 years old. Mvusu is a typical teenage boy and is always up to mischief or testing his own strength. He often teases the females and loves a good wrestle with Temba whom is a bit smaller. Feeding time is one of his favourite time passes and given enough attention he might just reward you with a rock which he will hand to you as a thank you gift.
Elephant Back Riding:
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+ to ride elephants.
Please note that Elephant Back Riding is an optional extra and cannot be confirmed until the day of the program. For the safety of our guests our Senior Handler will either approve of 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.
Guest House / Lodge Accommodation
Capacity: 6 rooms (12 people sharing)
Guests have the option to stay in our Tuskers B&B (www.tuskerslodge.co.za) 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.
Guest House/Lodge Accommodation:
Inclusive of Bed and Breakfast.
Check in time is 14h00-16h30. Check out is 10h00 on day.
Excludes: All Elephant Activities ie. The Elephant Interaction Program and Elephant Back Riding are extra, as well as the Monkey Tour
Tuskers B&B Guest Lodge – 4-star lodge in bush setting
Elephant Back Riding:
(Optional Add-on to the Elephant Interaction Program.)
A short bare-back ride in a demarcated boma area (5-10 minutes). Children must be minimum of 8 years old to ride elephants.