Elephant locations in South Africa

74 locations has kept elephants in South Africa

There is presently 174 (72,72) living elephants in locations in South Africa in this database

South Africa
Region: South Africa is in this database included in africa
Wild elephants: South Africa has about over 20 000 (2006)wild elephants. Source:
Location holdings: 74 locations has kept 259 elephants in South Africa

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)
Elephants in locations174 (72,72) living 85 (29,43) dead
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 2021-12-03 at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=South Africa.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

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NameElephant collectionPlace
Addo Elephant Back Safaris
(camp) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 3 present (3,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsZuurburg
Addo Elephant National Park
(wild) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated2 deathsPort Elizabeth Eastern Cape
Adventures With Elephants
(camp) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsBela Bela Limpopo
African Game Services (Ricardo Giazza)
(dealer) Kept totally 27 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births27 relocated0 deathsBrits
(map)
Aquila private game reserve
(wild) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsTouws River
Askari Game Lodge (Plumari Africa game lodge)
(camp) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (2,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsMagaliesburg
(map)
Atherstone Nature Reserve
(wild) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 1 births1 relocated0 deathsDwaalboom
(map) Limpopo
Balule Nature Reserve
(wild) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated2 deathsPhalaborwa Limpopo Province
Bayete Zulu Game Lodge
(camp) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 3 present (1,2) 1 births0 relocated0 deathsDurban, KwaZulu-Natal
(map)
Bloemfontein Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 1 births3 relocated2 deathsBloemfontein
Boswell Circus
(circus) Kept totally 10 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated9 deaths
Boswell-Wilkies Circus
(circus) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathsRandvaal, Gauteng
Botlierskop game reserve
(camp) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 3 present (2,1) 1 births0 relocated0 deaths
Brian Boswells Circus
(circus) Kept totally 19 elephants
, 2 present (0,2) 0 births15 relocated2 deathsKwa-Zulu Natal
(map)
Buffalo Kloof Private Game Reserve
(wild) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 4 present (2,2) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsMakhanda
(map) Eastern Cape province
Camp Jabulani
(camp) Kept totally 25 elephants
, 22 present (8,13) 3 births0 relocated3 deathsHoedsprueit
(map)
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary
(orphanage) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsMpumalanga
(map)
Dinokeng Game Reserve
(wild) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsHammanskraal
(map) Gauteng
Djuma Game Reserve
(wild) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsSabi Sand Reserve
Ekland Safaris
(private) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated0 deaths
(map) Northern Province northern Limpopo
Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview
(camp) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (2,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsHazyview
Elephant Whispers
(camp) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 6 present (4,2) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsHazyview
(map)Ehlanzeni District Mpumalanga
Elephants for Africa Forever
(private) Kept totally 18 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births18 relocated0 deathsMooketsi
Elephants of Eden (EOE)
(camp) Kept totally 13 elephants
, 9 present (2,3) 1 births4 relocated0 deathsAlexandra Eastern Cape
EOE rehab centre
(sanctuary) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
Fillis Circus
(circus) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
Garden Route Game Lodge
(private) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 4 present (1,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsAlbertinia, Western Cape Province
Glen Afric (Brooker farm)
(private) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 3 present (0,3) 1 births2 relocated0 deathsHartbeespoort
(map) North West Province
Gondwana Big Five Game Reserve
(camp) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsMossel Bay Western Cape
Hammanskraal rehabilitation centre
(orphanage) Kept totally 9 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births8 relocated1 deathsHammanskraal
Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary (Craig Saunders)
(sanctuary) Kept totally 12 elephants
, 10 present (2,3) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsBrits
(map)
Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve
(private) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathsKwelera
Inverdoorn Game Reserve
(sanctuary) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (2,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
(map)
Jejane Private Reserve
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 1 births0 relocated0 deathsHoedspruit
(map)
Johannesburg Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 13 elephants
, 3 present (1,2) 5 births2 relocated8 deathsGauteng
Knysna Elephant Park
(orphanage) Kept totally 30 elephants
, 18 present (7,11) 7 births6 relocated6 deathsKnysna
(map)
Knysna forest
(wild) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 2 present (1,1) 0 births2 relocated1 deaths
Kruger National Park
(wild) Kept totally 140 elephants
, 7 present (6,1) 154 births132 relocated1 deathsKruger National Park
(map)
Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve
(camp) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (1,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsMalelane
(map) Mpumalanga
Kwantu Game Reserve
(private) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 5 present (1,4) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsGrahamstown
Limpopo province
(wild) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsPolokwane
(map) Limpopo province
Lowhills Reserve
(private) Kept totally 14 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 8 births8 relocated6 deathsMpumalanga
Mabilingwe Game reserve
(wild) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births6 relocated0 deathsBela Bela, Limpopo
Marakele National Park
(wild) Kept totally 14 elephants
, 13 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsWaterberg mountain, Limpopo Province
Mitchell Park Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsDurban
(map)
Mpumalanga province
(wild) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 2 births2 relocated0 deaths
(map) Mpumalanga province
Natal Zoo Lion Park
(zoo) Kept totally 7 elephants
, 3 present (0,3) 0 births0 relocated4 deathsKwa-Zulu Natal
(map)
Natal Zoological Gardens & Lion Park
(zoo) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 3 present (0,3) 0 births0 relocated1 deaths
Orion Safari Lodge (Hugo Ras)
(camp) Kept totally 11 elephants
, 7 present (1,3) 0 births0 relocated4 deathsRustenburg
P.J. Pretorius
() Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsNylstroom, Transvaal
Pagels Circus (William Pagel)
(circus) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
Phinda Reserve
(private) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deaths KwaZulu-Natal province
Pilanesberg boma holding facility
(camp) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated1 deathsPilanesberg
Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris
(camp) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 6 present (5,1) 1 births0 relocated0 deathsPilanesberg
Pilanesberg National Park
(wild) Kept totally 32 elephants
, 10 present (8,2) 4 births10 relocated12 deathsSun City
(map) North West Province
Pretoria Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 1 births0 relocated5 deathsPretoria
(map)
Sabi Sands game reserve
(wild) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated0 deaths
Samara Private Game Reserve
(wild) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 3 present (2,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsGraaff-Reinet
(map)
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
(wild) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 1 births1 relocated0 deaths
Sandhurst Safari Lodge
(private) Kept totally 11 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 4 births11 relocated0 deathsVryburg
(map)
Selati Game Reserve
(wild) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 1 births2 relocated0 deathsNelspruit
(map) Limpopo province
Shambala Game Reserve (Douw Steyn)
(private) Kept totally 7 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 1 births7 relocated0 deathsWaterberg, Limpopo
Shamwari Private Game Reserve
(orphanage) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 3 present (1,2) 1 births1 relocated0 deathsPort Elizabeth
(map)
South Africa unspecified location
(wild) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 7 births5 relocated0 deaths
(map)
Springs Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated2 deathsSprings Gauteng
Tembe Elephant Park
(wild) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 5 births3 relocated2 deaths
(map)
The Crags elephant sanctuary
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsPlettenberg Bay
The Ranch Hotel
(camp) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsPolokwane, Limpopo
Thula Thula Private Game Reserve
(wild) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 5 present (1,3) 2 births0 relocated1 deathsEmpangeni
(map) KwaZulu-Natal province
Tshukudu Game Lodge
(wild) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsHoedspruit
Tygerberg Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsCape Town Western Cape
Vereeniging Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated2 deathsVereeniging Gauteng
W H Wilkies Circus
(circus) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsAberdeen
Wildcare Africa Trust wildlife rehabilitation centre
(orphanage) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsPretoria



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