In the Area

The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary was founded in 1999. All the elephants on site have been rescued, have been allowed to form the family unit they would have enjoyed had they been able to stay in the wild, and are now, through the husbandry method of training, used to educate visitors.

The Elephant Sanctuary is a family oriented operation catering for both young and old. Its aim is to educate more people about elephant habits, behaviour, personalities and anatomy through interaction.

You have the opportunity to touch, feed and even walk trunk-in-hand with these magnificent animals. The young bulls have also been known to hand out “a nice juicy kiss”, making for an unforgettable experience which can be enjoyed at 8h00, 10h00 or 14h00 every day of the week.

The sanctuary also offers short elephant rides, pre-booked, three-course lunch meals on the main deck and overnight experiences in either the main lodge, adjacent to the elephant stables, or the luxury four-star Bush Lodge.

Contact and directions:

Tel: +27 (12) 258 0423 / 9906
P.O. Box 4570, Brits, 0250, South Africa

From Johannesburg: Take the Brits R512 (past Lanseria Airport) to Hartbeespoort Dam. Cross the dam over the open bridge and turn right at the T-junction. Travel onwards to the four-way stop at the Craft Market (garage on right hand side and one opposite as well). Turn left and travel 2.5km to the Elephant Sanctuary (on the left).

From Pretoria: Follow route to Hartbeespoort Dam. Travel through the tunnel. At the four-way stop at the Craft Market, continue 2.5km to the Elephant Sanctuary (on the left).

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Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary is situated in one of the many kloofs (gorges) of the Magaliesberg mountain range and is one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries globally.

Primates, such as squirrels, spiders, capuchin monkeys and lemurs, are given a new lease on life at Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary. Previously raised as household pets, or bred for the pet trade, the monkeys are introduced to a world encompassing waterfalls, lush vegetation, natural mountain springs and the chance to reside in as natural an environment as possible.

The sanctuary's goal is to give these primates the opportunity to live as they would in the wild.

The sanctuary recognises the importance of education. The tours are therefore not only highly informative, they aim to create awareness of the benefit of releasing primates into sanctuaries.

During the tour you will be guided through the sanctuary on elevated wooden walkways leisurely winding through the indigenous forests. The experience is described as a non-interactive game-viewing opportunity to see once-captured primates in a wild environment.

In addition to the monkeys you’ll also enjoy the beauty of the location. You’ll get a breathtaking view over the greater Brits region from the swing bridges and walk alongside the spring water gushing from the kloof’s walls.

We offer daily tours every hour between 9h00 and 16h00, and once you've had your fill you can sate your appetite with a bite to eat and a cup of coffee at the coffee shop.

Contact and directions:

Tel:  +27 (12) 258 9908
Cell: +27 (71) 791 7712
Email: info@monkeysanctuary.co.za

From Johannesburg: Take the Brits R512 (past Lanseria Airport) to Hartbeespoort Dam. Cross the dam over the open bridge and turn right at the T-junction. Travel onwards to the four-way stop at the Craft Market (garage on right hand side and one opposite as well). Turn left and travel about 2.5km to the monkey sanctuary (on the left, after the Elephant Sanctuary).

From Pretoria: Follow route to Hartbeespoort Dam. Travel through the tunnel. At the four-way stop at the Craft Market, continue 2.5km to the Monkey Sanctuary (on the left, after the Elephant Sanctuary).

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