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Elephant Sanctuary – Tour from Johannesburg

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Duration: 6 hours
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  • Walk hand-in-trunk with African elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary
  • See five types of African elephants - all rescued from the jungle
  • The perfect family day out
  • A wildlife experience like no other
  • Professional guide to accompany you
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off

An hour's drive from Johannesburg and nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains, is the Elephant Sanctuary, a haven for African elephants rescued from the jungle. 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, the magnificent African elephants.

Enjoy a unique experience as you wander around the sanctuary and watch elephants feeding and bathing in mud pools as friendly and informative guides highlight interesting facts about elephant families, their habits and the bush. The focus is on education and you can choose from a number of programmes that range from a team building ‘obstacle course’ with elephants to mountain walks and swims with the elephants.

Offering a unique interaction with African elephants, Elephant Sanctuary makes a great day trip from Johannesburg.


You will be picked up from your hotel/closest pick-up point and taken in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle to the Elephant Sanctuary, an hour's drive from Johannesburg. A professional English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

On arrival, you will receive a welcome briefing by the Sanctuary staff. Participate in a tour of the facility and meet the individual elephants in a hands-on experience.

Develop a deeper understanding about their group dynamics as you watch them plodding along in groups, from select viewpoints in the sanctuary.

A knowledgeable guide then conducts a “hands-on tour” on foot. You will be introduced to the elephants in the mountain area, uphill walk approx 200m, and here you will be able to touch, feed, walk trunk-in-hand and even ride these magnificent African elephants.

At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel/closest drop-off point.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transportation by luxurious air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to all areas as stipulated in the program
  • Guided walking tour in the Elephant Sanctuary
  • Meals
  • Entrance fees to areas not included in the tour program
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
6 hours
Start time
0630h (06:30am) & 1230h (12:30pm)
Meeting point
Your hotel in Johannesburg.
(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details. If your hotel is not a pick-up location, you will be advised of the closest pick-up point. Kindly reconfirm pick up upon arrival in Johannesburg with your local activity operator)
Ending point
The tour ends at the starting point
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Dos & Don'ts
Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and carry sunscreen
Carry binoculars

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