Elephant locations in South Africa

67 locations has kept elephants in South Africa

There is presently 164 (67,65) living elephants in locations in South Africa (in this database)

Region: South Africa is in this database included in africaOther regions
Wild elephants:

South Africa has about over 20 000 (2006)wild elephants. Source:

Location holdings:

67 locations has kept 244 elephants in South Africa

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in locations164 (67,65) living80 (28,39) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  67 / 164 
 41%
 Female  65 / 164 
 40%
 Free contact  112 / 164 
 68%
 Protected contact  2 / 164 
 1%
 No contact  0 / 164  0%
 Unknown contact  8 / 164 
 5%
 wild  42 / 164 
 26%

Before 1981 South Africa had only elephants in KNP, Addo elephant park, Tembe elephant reserve in KwaZulu Natal and some migrating animals from Botswana and Zimbabwe.

The present (2006) wild elephant population is maybe more than 20 000 elephants;
* KNP had in 2005 abt 17 000 elephants (Outside KNP Limpopo area has 831 elephants)
* Swaziland 38
* KwaZulu Natal abt 1 000
* Eastern Cape abt 540
* Northwest 622
* Eastern Cape 6 elephants
* Addo elephant park more than 400 elephants.

South Africa has a legal export of 60 elephant trophies a year. The cost of shooting an elephant is about 20 000 US$, money which partly is financing protection against poaching.

The first elephant back safaris in SA was offered in 2002 by Randall Moore.

Reference list

Koehl, D., Facts about elephants in South Africa. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2020) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=South Africa.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

Internal relevant links

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  • News about elephants in South Africa (From the sister site Elephant News)
  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Addo Elephant Back Safaris
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 3 present (3,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathscampZuurburg
    Addo Elephant National Park
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated2 deathswildPort ElizabethEastern Cape
    Adventures With Elephants (Rory Hensman)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1)0 births1 relocated0 deathscampBela BelaLimpopo
    African Game Services (Ricardo Giazza)
    Kept totally 27 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births27 relocated0 deathsdealerBrits
    (map)
    Askari Game Lodge (Plumari Africa game lodge)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 2 present (2,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampMagaliesburg
    (map)
    Atherstone Nature Reserve
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births1 relocated0 deathswildDwaalboom
    (map)
    Limpopo
    Balule Nature Reserve
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated2 deathswildPhalaborwaLimpopo Province
    Bayete Zulu Game Lodge
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 3 present (1,2)1 births0 relocated0 deathscampDurban, KwaZulu-Natal
    (map)
    Bloemfontein Zoo
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births3 relocated2 deathszooBloemfontein
    Boswell Circus
    Kept totally 10 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated9 deathscircus
    Boswell-Wilkies Circus
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated0 deathscircusRandvaal, Gauteng
    Botlierskop game reserve
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 3 present (2,1)1 births0 relocated0 deathscamp
    Brian Boswells Circus
    Kept totally 19 elephants
    , 2 present (0,2)0 births15 relocated2 deathscircusKwa-Zulu Natal
    (map)
    Buffalo Kloof Private Game Reserve
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 4 present (2,2)0 births0 relocated0 deathswildMakhanda
    (map)
    Eastern Cape province
    Camp Jabulani
    Kept totally 24 elephants
    , 22 present (8,13)3 births0 relocated2 deathscampHoedsprueit
    Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsorphanageMpumalanga
    (map)
    Dinokeng Game Reserve
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathswildHammanskraal
    (map)
    Gauteng
    Djuma Game Reserve
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 1 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathswildSabi Sand Reserve
    Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 2 present (2,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampHazyview
    Elephant Whispers
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 6 present (4,2)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampHazyview
    (map)
    Ehlanzeni DistrictMpumalanga
    Elephants for Africa Forever
    Kept totally 18 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births18 relocated0 deathsprivateMooketsi
    Elephants of Eden (EOE)
    Kept totally 8 elephants
    , 8 present (2,2)1 births0 relocated0 deathscampAlexandraEastern Cape
    EOE rehab centre
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathssanctuary
    Fillis Circus
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircus
    Garden Route Game Lodge
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 4 present (1,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateAlbertinia, Western Cape Province
    Gondwana Big Five Game Reserve
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated1 deathscampMossel BayWestern Cape
    Hammanskraal rehabilitation centre
    Kept totally 9 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births8 relocated1 deathsorphanageHammanskraal
    Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary (Craig Saunders)
    Kept totally 12 elephants
    , 10 present (2,3)0 births2 relocated0 deathssanctuaryBrits
    (map)
    Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 1 present (1,0)0 births3 relocated0 deathsprivateKwelera
    Johannesburg Zoo
    Kept totally 13 elephants
    , 3 present (1,2)5 births2 relocated8 deathszooGauteng
    John Brooker
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 3 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateNorthern Province
    Knysna Elephant Park
    Kept totally 28 elephants
    , 16 present (6,10)7 births6 relocated6 deathsorphanageKnysna
    (map)
    Knysna forest
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 2 present (1,1)0 births2 relocated1 deathswild
    Kruger National Park
    Kept totally 138 elephants
    , 7 present (6,1)150 births130 relocated1 deathswildKruger National Park
    (map)
    Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 2 present (1,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampMalelane
    (map)
    Mpumalanga
    Kwantu Game Reserve
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 5 present (1,4)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateGrahamstown
    Lowhills Reserve
    Kept totally 14 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)8 births8 relocated6 deathsprivateMpumalanga
    Mabilingwe Game reserve
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births6 relocated0 deathswildBela Bela, Limpopo
    Marakele National Park
    Kept totally 14 elephants
    , 13 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathswildWaterberg mountain, Limpopo Province
    Mitchell Park Zoo
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooDurban
    Natal Zoo Lion Park
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 3 present (0,3)0 births0 relocated4 deathszooKwa-Zulu Natal
    (map)
    Natal Zoological Gardens & Lion Park
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 3 present (0,3)0 births0 relocated1 deathszoo
    Orion Safari Lodge (Hugo Ras)
    Kept totally 11 elephants
    , 7 present (1,3)0 births0 relocated4 deathscampRustenburg
    P.J. Pretorius
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsNylstroom, Transvaal
    Pagels Circus (William Pagel)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
    Phinda Reserve
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 1 present (1,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateKwaZulu-Natal province
    Pilanesberg boma holding facility
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated1 deathscampPilanesberg
    Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 6 present (5,1)1 births0 relocated0 deathscampPilanesberg
    Pilanesberg National Park
    Kept totally 32 elephants
    , 10 present (8,2)4 births10 relocated12 deathswildSun City
    (map)
    North West Province
    Pretoria Zoo
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 2 present (1,1)1 births0 relocated4 deathszooPretoria
    (map)
    Sabi Sands game reserve
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births4 relocated0 deathswild
    Samara Private Game Reserve
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 3 present (2,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathswildGraaff-Reinet
    (map)
    Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births1 relocated0 deathswild
    Sandhurst Safari Lodge
    Kept totally 11 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)4 births11 relocated0 deathsprivateVryburg
    Selati Game Reserve
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births2 relocated0 deathswildNelspruit
    (map)
    Limpopo province
    Shambala Game Reserve (Douw Steyn)
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births7 relocated0 deathsprivateWaterberg, Limpopo
    Shamwari Private Game Reserve
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 3 present (1,2)0 births1 relocated0 deathsorphanagePort Elizabeth
    (map)
    South Africa unspecified location
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)2 births2 relocated0 deathswild
    (map)
    Springs Zoo
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated2 deathszooSpringsGauteng
    Tembe Elephant Park
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)5 births3 relocated2 deathswild
    (map)
    The Crags elephant sanctuary (Craig Saunders)
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivatePlettenberg Bay
    The Ranch Hotel
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathscampPolokwane, Limpopo
    Tshukudu Game Lodge
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathswildHoedspruit
    Tygerberg Zoo
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooCape TownWestern Cape
    Vereeniging Zoo
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated2 deathszooVereenigingGauteng
    W H Wilkies Circus
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircusAberdeen
    Wildcare Africa Trust wildlife rehabilitation centre
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsorphanagePretoria


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