The Lupus Foundation, trading as the Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary, supports the survival of the wolf around the world by:


  • Putting plans in place to preserve a healthy genetic strain outside its natural domain.
  • Teaching about its life and its association with other species.
  • Its dynamic relationship to humans.
  • Provision of a sanctuary and ultimately a “natural habitat” for captive wolves.
  • Public education on the value of ALL wildlife .
  • The importance of not removing animals from their natural domain.
  • The importance of ending hybridising (cross-breeding).


 The Lupus Foundation is self-funded private project.   Our outreach and educational programmes as well as the sanctuary are supported by donations, and the sale of merchandise and entry tickets.


Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary is NOT affiliated or linked in any way to any other wolf sanctuaries in South Africa.

Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary was the first Wolf Sanctuary in South Africa, and is registered with Nature Conservation.


Our Sanctuary

At the Sanctuary we try to provide our wolves with an environment as close to their natural habitat as is possible in the South African Climate. It is actually too hot for wolves here but as they are highly adaptable animals they do especially well in the cooler areas of our country.

The Sanctuary is situated on 22.7 hectares of land, housing the enclosures, with adjoining veterinary isolation camps.


Aerial View
Aerial View
Aerial View
Aerial View
The Entrance
The Entrance
The New Look
The New Look


The vegetation is lush and we remove as little of the natural ferns and trees as possible thereby still providing our animals privacy, but at the same time affording interested parties the opportunity of QUIETLY studying them.


Ultimately, the rehabilitated packs will be moved to their natural habitat, as and when funds allow, but the sanctuary will be open as a rehabilitation centre and home for unwanted “pets”.





Do we have to book a tour?


Out of season, during winter months, bookings are not essential.


Peak times during school holidays – for large groups bookings are required.


Smaller family groups may arrive at will - they will be incorporated into the next tour that leaves every half hour (on average).


Reservations are made through Head Office (+27-82-774-6274) or at Reception on site.


How much is a tour?


The entrance fees are posted on the website – scroll down to the bottom of any page, the rates are listed there.


How long is a tour?


The tour on average is about half an hour.  However, the more interested you are and the more questions you ask – that time could be at least 45 minutes to an hour.


You are welcome to view the wolves in the public area on your own, but we do not allow visitors to walk freely around the enclosures – for their own safety.


How long may we stay after a tour?


Day visitors are welcome to amble around the public areas at will.  So there is no rush to leave.  Browse in our “Goodie” shop and see what you can buy.  The proceeds of the sales of our pictures and other items go towards the feeding of the wolves.


How do I get to the Sanctuary?


Scroll to the bottom of any page – under WHERE you will find the directions from the Western Cape side as well as directions from the Eastern Cape side.  GPS co-ordinates are listed for your convenience.


What are the opening hours of the sanctuary and on which days are you open to the public?


Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the hours of business.

Wolves in South Africa??

Come and see for yourself – visit our Sanctuary at the foot of Witelskop in the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest Area




  • Bring & Braai area - picnic style.

  • “Wolf” goodies & souvenirs at our shop

  • Sound room Presentation (English, Afrikaans and German)

  • Camping facilities - booking essential

  • Rustic Hikers Cabins (self-catering) - booking essential 

  • Wolf Songs at night



  • The sanctuary is open 7 days a week.
  • Closed on the following public holidays:           25th December & 1st January
  • Hours are 08h30 to 15h30
  • Tours begin on the half hour, every hour: first tour is 08h30, last tour 15h30













HOW MUCH? (Prices are per person)




CHILDREN - R100 (10 yrs and under)


GROUPS (minimum of  8 people in a group)

ADULTS - R100 

CHILDREN - R80 - (Pensioners and children) 

SCHOOLS - R60 - min. 20 children - accompanying adults R100 

Bookings are essential for SCHOOL groups only.

 - (MINIMUM of 8 people in a group - during Summer months ONLY.  Night tours not run unless there are 8 in your group).




Bookings are essential for night tours.


FEEDING TIMES - (alternate days at 14h30)


Participate in feeding the wolves. 

Not for the feint-hearted.

Register at the office on site and book your spot on the "feeding team". 

Adults only please as the meat is heavy and has to be tossed over the fence -  as the public is not allowed into enclosures.

R50/person/slab of meat.

Bookings are essential for feeding.


CAMPING COSTS - (Summer months only)

Booking essential - space is limited.

R300-00 / person / day.

Includes free entry to sanctuary (value R120-00/adult)

Bookings are essential to book a site



Booking essential - space is limited.

R350-00 / person / day.

Includes free entry to sanctuary (value R120-00/adult)

Bookings are essential

PLEASE NOTE: CABINS ARE VERY BASIC - like camping under a roof.  The facilities are minimal




Just off the N2 at the R102 (Witelsbos / Koumansbos) turnoff – after Humansdorp - before Storms River Bridge.

Only 10.5km North of the Storms River Bridge at the R102, park your vehicle in our secure parking area, and enjoy a 500m scenic stroll along the Elands River Trail, towards the Wolf Sanctuary Educational Experience.  Or for the not-so-adventurous, just drive up.... 

GPS SANCTUARY-23.99354E 33.98187S


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