* At the Elephant Sanctuary, guests will join a public tour.
* On the Canopy Tour, guests might join up with other
* Comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes and sun hats and / or
sunscreen are strongly recommended!
* Children under 7 years are not accepted on the Canopy Tour.
In the early 1900's, the Magaliesberg mountains were rich in
wildlife and home to abundant elephants. As a result of pressure by
man, this sensitive animal disappeared from the landscape. One
hundred years later the elephants have returned to this area, to a
special place in the heart of the beautiful African bushveld.
Nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains only one hour from
Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Elephant Sanctuary lies in a
malaria-free area - the greater part within the Magaliesberg Nature
Reserve. 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, six
magnificent African Elephants. Your visit will bring you close to
these magnificent animals, an experience to cherish and remember
Guests are guided on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary with
guides providing in-depth information and insight into African
elephants. You will be introduced to the Sanctuary's elephants in
the forest area, and here you will be able to touch and interact
with the elephants, including touching, feeding, interacting and
walking trunk-in-hand with the elephants. You will see the special
relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants
and become a part of it!
Having walked with the elephants, you will now have the
opportunity to fly with the birds! Your guide will drive you to the
Sparkling Waters Hotel, which is the base for the Magaliesberg
Canopy Tour. A light lunch will be followed by a tour briefing,
after which you will be transported a short distance to the
Ysterhout (Ironwood) Kloof in the company of two guides, where the
adventure begins. Eleven platforms have been constructed high up on
the rock faces of the gorge, joined by 10 cable slides, each up to
140m (460 feet) long, and up to 100 feet above the valley floor.
From these vantage points you can explore the magnificence of the
Magaliesberg mountains and, after ten adrenalin charged slides down
the gorge, you reach your destination at the bottom of the gorge. A
short uphill walk will bring you back to the vehicle which will
return you to the hotel.
There will be time to freshen up and perhaps enjoy a drink or a
quick swim, before returning to Johannesburg.