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Elephant Sanctuary

Hazyview, South Africa
+27 13 737 6609
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Ranked #6 of 12 attractions in Hazyview
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

My husband and I took our 2 children for the sunset elephant experience. It was an amazing experience. The guides gave us a huge amount of information, we walked with the elephants, we rode them down to the dam, and then ended the afternoon watching them swim and play in the water. How amazing to interact with them in such... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We went after 3 days of Kruger and it was a nice experience to be able to touch an Elephant (they even give kisses). The Elephant handlers did a great job with keeping the animals calm and showing us what to do and where to touch them. I think I prefer an Elephant in the wild and after 3 days... More

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SanctuaryManager1, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this review

Dear Sylvia, Thank you for your review as well as rating! We at the Elephant Sanctuary would love to see all elephants live in the wild, unfortunately in our world it is not possible. All the elephants in the Sanctuary group are rescued and are unable to return and live safely in the wild. We offer them the opportunity to... More

Hoedspruit
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We called in on the off chance and joined the afternoon tour. The guide and the elephants handlers were charming, knowledgable and professional. The encounter with the elephants was relaxed and calm and we felt as though we had plenty of time with them. It was truly amazing to be able to stand so close to and touch a large... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I was a little bit disappointed with our visit to the Elephant Sanctuary. What I had hoped would be an intimate elephant encounter seemed to be nothing other than a touristy exploitation of the elephants. Our travel agent said that we could walk in and didn't need a reservation and even though the sign on the gate states that you... More

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SanctuaryManager1, Manager at Elephant Sanctuary, responded to this review

Dear EBDRJD, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. You are correct in saying that our gate sign says we welcome “walk-in’s” it also clearly states the times of our programs, these are necessary, as the ellies need sufficient time to eat, drink, wallow in their mudhole, interact with each other and just have some down time.... More

Phoenix, Arizona
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

My husband and I were visiting from the states and met up with our friend of ours who lives in South Africa and arranged this excursion on our way to the Kruger. What an amazing experience. I've never been so close to an elephant and had such interaction. They are truly gentle giants and it is readily apparent how much... More

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Centurion, South Africa
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Although we were late the guy at reception was friendly and helpful. Although going with little kids I will not recomend. It was great being so close to these huge Giants and the elephants were so calm as we walked with them.

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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

full tour up close with the animals great guide well worth the money great opportunity to be close up with one of the big five

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Clifton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Most enjoyable visit. One gets too touch, and experience African elephants like never before. Even getting to ride on a elephant, and feed them. A DVD is recorded and available for sale, for as little as R200. Well worth the price for a marvellous experience.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

This was a wonderful experience, African elephants are huge compared to the Indian elephants we knew. The ride was reasonably priced and the guides were friendly. The place is beautiful and the booking was easily made.

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Middelburg, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We have visited the santuary on numerous occasions and always enjoy seeing our favourite ellies. The staff are friendly and welcoming and very knowledgable on their subject matter. We enjoy staying for a cup of coffee and kids can play close by. Such a serene setting. Different programs include, trunk-in-hand walks, elephant back rides, educational talk and trunk to tail... More

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