When I met clients and friends in Johannesburg to join them for their safari in KZN and Kruger, we had half a day to spare, and I decided to give them an introduction to Africa with a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoortdam.
Located 1½ hours outside Johannesburg, the drive out there takes you over the dam wall and is very scenic. Our amazing guide Ingatious (twitter @ignatiousmars) sat us down and taught us about the wonders and challenges elephants face. This particular Elephant Sanctuary has five rescue elephants, and they do hope to introduce them to the wild in the future.
We had the opportuntiy to explore the elephants anatomy – on an elephant, and then walk with them if we wished. I loved this. I love elephants. And the plight that they face with diminished land and no migratory routes is something to be highlighted. The Elephant Sanctuary has three branches and you can even opt to sleep over should you wish.
My precious American friends knew they had arrived in Africa, and that their adventure had begun.