What can you expect from Elephant Sanctuary:
The Elephant Sanctuary is a family oriented operation catering for young and old. Guests are offered exhilarating Elephant driven programmes which are hands on and unique to the Sanctuary. The focus at Elephant Sanctuary is on education through interaction and involves learning about the Elephants.
It also means that visitors can touch, feel, feed and walk trunk-in-hand and even ride these highly intelligent and delightful animals. Guests will discover that all of the Elephants at the sanctuary are unique in terms of character, personality and temperament.
This African Elephant Sanctuary believes in building a bond between humans and elephants. To build a firm foundation of trust all the Elephants are exercised and stimulated daily. The most important part of the operation of the Elephant Sanctuary is happy Elephants and happy guests!
The ultimate Elephant experience of the Elephant Sanctuary and venue, is suitable for a wide variety of interested guests:
- International and local leisure travel
- Business travellers
- Family outings
- Special occasions
- Corporate functions e.g. Break Away, Year End
Activities at Elephant Sanctuary – Hazyview
There is a number of exciting Elephant encounters on offer at Elephant Sanctuary, Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa including Elephant back safari riding. Guests should note that the Elephant rides take place in a game reserve with free roaming wild animals and are designed for guest’s enjoyment but are not game-viewing experiences. Due to limited availability of riding slots, advance booking is recommended.
Children of all ages are welcome at Elephant Sanctuary, they can walk hand-in-trunk with the Elephants, and those that are over 8 years old are allowed to ride. Visitors at Elephant Sanctuary should bring comfortable shoes or sandals, a sun hat, a jacket in cool weather and a camera. Guests wanting to ride the Elephants should wear long pants.
Daily tours at the Elephant Sanctuary:
A range of daily tours are available for guests to enjoy at Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview. Please note that due to limited space, booking is advisable in order to avoid disappointment.
The Trunk-in-Hand programme:
Visitors can learn through an experienced guide, about the Elephant’s backgrounds, behaviours, characters and more. Guests at Elephant Sanctuary can touch, feed, interact and walk trunk-in-hand with these magnificent animals. These tours start at 8am and take 1 and half hour's and run throughout the day. Booking is advisable.
Elephant Brush Downs:
This is a very special programme which involves grooming the Elephants in the morning, followed by the Trunk-in-Hand programme. There is an early start of 7.15am and booking is essential.
Trunk-in-Hand and Elephant Back Ride:
Guests will enjoy historically royal treatment with a full Trunk-in-Hand programme together with an Elephant back ride. The riding portion of the programme takes about 25 minutes and the minimum booking ages is 8 years. Booking is essential.
Sundowner Elephant Experience:
This experience takes place at the end of the day and includes walking, feeding, riding and touching Elephants. It is possible to see the Elephants swimming in very hot weather! Visitors will also watch Elephant free-feeding.
At the end of the programme there will be sundowner drinks and snacks. This experience takes 2 hours with different start times for summer and winter which should be checked in advance. The Elephant riding aspect of the programmes takes about 25 minutes and booking is essential.
Facilities at Elephant Sanctuary:
The Elephant Sanctuary has a large circular lounge and bar which has a thatched cover, this area adjoins the main deck which overlooks the Elephants. There is a large dam for the Elephants to swim in as well as another elevated deck in a secluded position in the forest overlooking a stream, only a short distance from the lounge. There is a friendly reception at Elephant Sanctuary and a well stocked curio shop. Light snacks are available from the bar.
Elephant Sanctuary location:
Elephant Sanctuary, Hazyview, Mpumalanga is located 10km from the Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park. Departing from Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa, visitors should travel from Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview town 5km (3.11 miles) on the Sabie R536 road towards Sabie town.
Look for the Casa Do Sol entrance on the left hand side. Turn left into this entrance and travel straight along the gravel road. Follow the signboards to the end of the gravel road. Do not turn left into the Casa Do Sol gates on the left hand side. The Elephant Sanctuary’s gate will be straight ahead.