Elephants at camp locations in South Africa


15 camp locations has kept elephants in South Africa
There is presently 67 (31,28) living elephants in camp 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:

15 camp locations has kept 77 elephants in South Africa

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

Elephants in camp locations67 (31,28) living10 (7,2) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  31 / 67 
 46%
 Female  28 / 67 
 42%
 Free contact  65 / 67 
 97%
 Protected contact  0 / 67  0%
 No contact  0 / 67  0%
 Unknown contact  1 / 67 
 1%
 wild  1 / 67 
 1%

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.


Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan, Facts about elephants in South Africa. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2021) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=South Africa.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

Internal relevant links

  • The elephant database startpage. Statistics
  • 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
    Adventures With Elephants (Rory Hensman)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1)0 births1 relocated0 deathscampBela BelaLimpopo
    Askari Game Lodge (Plumari Africa game lodge)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 2 present (2,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampMagaliesburg
    (map)
    Bayete Zulu Game Lodge
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 3 present (1,2)1 births0 relocated0 deathscampDurban, KwaZulu-Natal
    (map)
    Botlierskop game reserve
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 3 present (2,1)1 births0 relocated0 deathscamp
    Camp Jabulani
    Kept totally 25 elephants
    , 22 present (8,13)3 births0 relocated3 deathscampHoedsprueit
    (map)
    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 of Eden (EOE)
    Kept totally 13 elephants
    , 9 present (2,3)1 births4 relocated0 deathscampAlexandraEastern Cape
    Gondwana Big Five Game Reserve
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated1 deathscampMossel BayWestern Cape
    Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 2 present (1,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampMalelane
    (map)
    Mpumalanga
    Orion Safari Lodge (Hugo Ras)
    Kept totally 11 elephants
    , 7 present (1,3)0 births0 relocated4 deathscampRustenburg
    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
    The Ranch Hotel
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathscampPolokwane, Limpopo



    This document was updated: 2020-09-19 13:05:08


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