Adventures With Elephants

We protect wildlife through education

As numbers of elephants have decreased by 89% in the last 70 years and by 110 000 elephants in the last ten years (Great Elephant Census) due to poaching and habitat loss, we are honoured to have saved a few. We are even more thrilled to be able to connect you with Elephants through our unique interactions so that you might see them for what they are, and therefore think a little bit more about their future, and indeed many other species, in an ever changing and modernising Africa.


Adventures with Elephants is a place of inspiration and joy. Our beautiful reserve in South Africa is home too many types of wildlife from zebra; giraffe and warthogs; to meerkats. Our biggest privilege is caring for our beautiful African elephants who were destined to be culled.  Our latest additions,

Zambezi and Bela were born to mothers Shan and Mussina and are our 6th and 7th family members.

We offer close up and personal encounters with our elephants carried out with cheerfulness and respect for the welfare of both our majestic residents and you, our guest. Here you will learn all about our continent’s gentle giants, their intelligence, their bodies, their behaviour. You will leave humbled and moved, and a lifetime ambassador of holistic wildlife conservation.

From Johannesburg or Pretoria take the N1 North toward Polokwane. After the Carousel Plaza Toll Gate begin looking for the R 516 off-ramp to Bela Bela and Thabazimbi (there are two turn offs that goes towards Bela Bela, we recommend the second turn off, 238).

From Polokwane (Pietersburg) take the N1 South towards Pretoria/Johannesburg. Take the R 516 off-ramp (turn off 238) and go towards Bela Bela.

As you drive into Bela Bela you will see the ‘Waterfront’ in front of you; turn right at the traffic light and head over the bridge, you will see Pick ‘n Pay on your left and Dros on your right, turn left at the traffic light.

Follow that road until you get to the second stop, you will then see Spar in front of you, turn left at the stop. Drive towards the roundabout and take the first exit towards Thabazimbi, follow the R 516 road +- 34 km from Bela Bela and look for the Rooiberg turnoff (D2533) on your right-hand side, it is located approximately 8 km after Mabalingwe Lodge.

Take the D2533 and after 4 km look for the D1000 on your right-hand side, it is located approx. 150m after Thandeka Game Reserve.

Take the D 1000 road and after 4km Adventures With Elephants will be on your left-hand side, approximately 1 km before Zebula Golf Estate and Spa.

You will be on a tar road all the way!


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