Elephants at private locations in South Africa

12 private locations has kept elephants in South Africa
There is presently 15 (5,8) living elephants in private 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:

12 private locations has kept 23 elephants in South Africa

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

Elephants in private locations15 (5,8) living8 (1,7) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  5 / 15 
 33%
 Female  8 / 15 
 53%
 Free contact  9 / 15 
 60%
 Protected contact  0 / 15  0%
 No contact  0 / 15  0%
 Unknown contact  4 / 15 
 27%
 wild  2 / 15 
 13%

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
    Ekland Safaris
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated0 deathsprivate
    (map)
    Northern Provincenorthern Limpopo
    Elephants for Africa Forever
    Kept totally 18 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births18 relocated0 deathsprivateMooketsi
    Garden Route Game Lodge
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 4 present (1,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateAlbertinia, Western Cape Province
    Glen Afric (Brooker farm)
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 3 present (0,3) 1 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateHartbeespoort
    (map)
    North West Province
    Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 1 present (1,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathsprivateKwelera
    Jejane Private Reserve
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 1 present (1,0) 1 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateHoedspruit
    (map)
    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
    Phinda Reserve
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 1 present (1,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateKwaZulu-Natal province
    Sandhurst Safari Lodge
    Kept totally 11 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 4 births11 relocated0 deathsprivateVryburg
    (map)
    Shambala Game Reserve (Douw Steyn)
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 1 births7 relocated0 deathsprivateWaterberg, Limpopo
    The Crags elephant sanctuary
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivatePlettenberg Bay



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



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