This place definatley is an elephant sanctuary. They teach about respecting the elephants and the methods/ length they go to to ensure their conservation and land protection.
They do three tours a day - so it's best to call and get the times, if you don't then you can still see the elephants and if you're lucky one of the many well educated staff will talk to yu about them but you cannot get up close orfedd them.
The tour is very well priced for what you get and considering the work they do it's a small investment in conservation. I went to the last show of the day at 2pm - there were about 25 people and this ranged from grandparents to children - the place is set up so that anyone can watch and see the elephants close up but the tour is not suitable for wheelchair bound or very young children - remember we are talking about very large and wild animals.
This place also offers accomidation and a cafe. We only saw photos of the accomidation and spoke with some guests who thought it was the best place they had every stayed! The cafe is great - light sandwiches, hot/ cold drinks and snacks - all very wll priced (not your normal tourist attraction situation).
Getting there is easy enough - many of the JoBurg tourist operators will take you or it seemed easy enough to find - it took about 2 hours from Rosebank in JoBurg. If you can - plan your day out there - the dam looks wonderful and the township is very touristy with lots of shops etc. There is also a lot of guest houses.
Well worth it - very interactive and extremely respectful to the elephants
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