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Elephant Sanctuary

Hazyview, South Africa
+27 13 737 6609
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Ranked #8 of 13 Attractions in Hazyview
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We stopped here as part of the package we booked for Kruger, great place to get up close to an elephant and feel and learn about the animal rather than other I've been to where you just have a ride and a picture. Staff were great and were able to answer all questions asked.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Make sure you book the optional Elephant Brushdown! it gives you a 20 minutes extra private quality time with the elephants! the brushdown is better than the elephant ride

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Nelspruit
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

What a great experience walking with elephants and getting to be so close to these gentle giants. Staff of the sanctuary were friendly and very knowledgeable. Will definitely recommend friends to go to the sanctuary and any person that loves the outdoors.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

a presentation on the automatic pilot and in a too big group a too touristic performance with the elephants, more a circus-act than a sympathic experience, after a good tipping for the whole staff they were asking still for individual tipping

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My sister and I went with the positive feeling that we were contributing to animal welfare...It was with shock that once you have paid a very expensive entrance fee (around £70 per person) you are firstly taken to the elephant housing block!!! Its a concrete shed!! They then informed us they have 2 elephants...one 18 years and one 28 years.... More

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Vancouver
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A great place to get up close and personal with elephants. They have two males here which you can hug, pat, lead and ride. I even got kissed by one! A slightly mucky experience but I wouldn't have missed it.

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Kloof, South Africa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The tour was interesting, the interaction and rides were awesome but it was very expensive (R3500 for 4 adults)

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I were staying with Vuyani and we were thoroughly looking forward to this excursion. We were greeted by Moyo, the guide, who took us round the sanctuary and seemed very genuine, provided intelligent responses to questions and quite friendly. We were taken to the forest and Waite for the elephants to be brought round. They are huge... More

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SanctuaryManager1, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this review

Dear Thomas O, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and giving us the positive feedback regarding our elephant program. I am of course extremely disappointed in the staff who conducted themselves in a totally unprofessional way during your tour. Soliciting for tips is considered an extremely serious offence in our company and will not be tolerated.... More

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

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... More

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SanctuaryManager1, Owner at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this review

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,... More

London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I never knew the wrinkles on an elephant's skin are so deep - or that they have long hairs. But here you get to touch the sandpaper hide, the elbow callouses, the soft pads in the feet, and the wet tongue, The elephant 'kiss' is something else! It's not cheap, but it is well worth the money. Don't bother with... More

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