The Elephant Sanctuary in Mbombela Rural, Mpumalanga
The Elephant Sanctuary is situated just outside Hazyview in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.
There are three Elephant Sanctuaries across three provinces in South Africa. The Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary is located just 10 km from the Kruger National Park’s Phoebeni Gate and is well worth a visit. The elephants at the sanctuary are African Elephants and guests can choose from a variety of daily programs and interactive experiences from walking tours, feeding and grooming to elephant back rides.
The staff train the elephants through positive reinforcement methods which ensures that the elephants are relaxed and enjoy the interaction with the guests, just as much as the guests do. All tours are educational and have some form of interaction with the elephants and are between one and a half to two and a half hours long. Groups are kept small, providing guests with a far more intimate experience so prior booking is essential.
When meeting the elephants guests will see each one has a its’ own personality and temperament and the close encounter you will experience at the Elephant Sanctuary is truly one of a kind!
Things to do and see
- Walking tour of Sanctuary
- Walk trunk in hand tour
- Elephant Brush down (7h30 sharp)
- Elephant back rides
- Sundowner Elephant Experience Tour (15h00)
- Curio Shop
Tour prices range between R250 - R650 per child and between R510 - R1,150 per adult. Prices are subject to change so please contact the sanctuary directly to confirm prices as well as availability on tours. Booking is essential.
Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 19˚C.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mombela (Nelspruit). Car rental companies are available for easy access to the surrounding areas, Hazyview is 60 km away which is just under an hours’ drive. Road trips from Johannesburg via the N12 and N4 will take approximately 5 hours.
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