The Elephant Sanctuary has gone into lockdown until the 16 April. Our small team of Dedicated staff are looking after all animals and will continue to feed and care for the animals during this difficult time. We will keep updating our availability and status once the COVID -19 threat is over.

Harties Kelsey Glaser

 

This elephant experience was EVERYTHING!

"I only wish I could spend more time with these beautiful creatures.

The handlers are well informed, and you can tell they have a really special, trusting bond with the elephants kept here at the moment. The handlers were able to answer any and all questions about elephants that us as a group had, and you got the feeling the elephants are happy in their care.

Harties collage Kelsey Glasier

When I asked about what happened if the elephants didn't want to participate in the visits for the day, the handlers responded - "Then we don't do it! We don't do anything the elephants don't want to. They just wouldn't go for it" - something I know that a lot of other animals "visiting" centres ignore and force their animals into co-operating.

The elephants allow you to touch their ears, under their belly, their tails, and even under their feet!

Harties kiss Kelsey GlaserThe best part of it all was I got a kiss from Temba, one of the male elephants there who is super playful.

 I loved this experience so much I came back again the next day, where we had the opportunity give the elephants a good brush down- such a wonderful way to get up close and personal with them.

I would love for a more immersive experience at the sanctuary, but my time constraints for my trip were limited such that I couldn't work as if I was having a "day in the life" of a sanctuary handler.

 I am so thrilled these elephants have been taken in at this sanctuary after experiencing their hardships, and are being set up for a successful, self-sufficient life ahead." 

Kelsey Glasier

Google Review 

The Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort Dam

February 2020

 

 

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