Walk with the Elephants, Fly with the Birds
- At the Elephant Sanctuary, guests will join a public tour.
- On the Canopy Tour, guests might join up with other participants.
- 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 forever!
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.