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The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary near Hartbeespoort Dam provides a safe haven for elephants and a unique environment for visitor education.

Nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains, only one hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, The Elephant Sanctuary at Hartbeespoort Dam lies in a malaria-free area. It is surrounded by natural indigenous bush and is home to impala, klipspringer, baboons, porcupine, caracal, leopard, a host of other small mammals, 350 bird species and, of course, four magnificent African Elephants.

The Elephant Sanctuary provides a “halfway house” for young African elephants in need of a temporary home. It is the only operation in South Africa that provides for elephants in this way. It is our vision to release all the elephants into an environment where they can be more independent once they are older.

The Tour at a Glance