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Address: Diepwalle Forest Station, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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The well-known Elephant Walk at Diepwalle starts and ends at the Diepwalle...

The well-known Elephant Walk at Diepwalle starts and ends at the Diepwalle Forest Station, the "Mecca" of the Knysna forests. The walk offers a number of route options (7km, 8km & 9km). The area is regularly visited by the Knysna elephants but the chance of sighting of these animals is very slight. Currently there are only one elephant left in the forest. The trails are open between 6h00 and 18h00

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Lovely place with great walks and a wonderful community coffee shop

Unfortunately it rained when we visited, we did complete one walk, the white elephant walk, about 5 miles which started on roads and wide farm tracks but soon left the tracks and... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
Ang B

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Reviewed 7 April 2017

Unfortunately it rained when we visited, we did complete one walk, the white elephant walk, about 5 miles which started on roads and wide farm tracks but soon left the tracks and followed a narrow path through the forest, too wet to see much wild life and surprisingly chilly. However, we really enjoyed being in pristine indigenous forest. The chocolate... More 

Thank Ang B
Upminster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

After visiting Addo elephant park and failing to see a single elephant, what a pleasure to be up and close with these wonderful animals. These reuse elephants are loved and extremely well cared for... No tricks or games just real 'Ellies'. A wonderful experience which I intend to repeat .

Thank DouglasBaxter51
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

It was our first time and we were so excited... it was simply amazing... thank you for a memorable experience

Thank shumerah
Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

After meeting up with Elephant and Lion expert Gareth Patterson, we explored where the secret elephants walk. Gareth's knowledge of fauna, flora, birding, elephants and the wild in general is extremely interesting. He used to work with George Adamson's lions and spent many years in Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia and Zimbabwe with Lions. What should have been a few hour... More 

Thank Jenny W
San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

The place is designed to allow injured or dislocated elephants recover and socialize. They let you interact,but allow the animals freedom. This lets you see the elephants perform normal actions and describe the need for the actions in the wild. You will get dirty, so dress appropriately.

Thank Brent L
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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Nice happening with 7 elephants you can feed and touch and walk together with excellent guides. The guides do a great job explaining and the elephants can really walk fast

1 Thank Simon B
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

We had a great experience with my family in particular my daughter who's studying vet so it was her dream event in South Africa. All well organized and our guides were very kind and knowledgeable.

1 Thank HernieD
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

Did two of the 3routes which all link together- black and white take about 4hours in total. We managed to do them backwards somehow but was a gorgeous walk although being out of the sunlight it can get chilly. A couple of picnic spots if you take a pack lunch and you can drink the spring water along the way.... More 

Thank JulietteHodges
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

Nice walk through the forest. Plants are dense with true Knysna trees. Heard lots of birds but didn't see any other wild life. There is a lovely picnic spot. Everything was clean and well kept.

1 Thank Elizabeth B
Nantwich, Cheshire, UK
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

Spent a happy few hours with the rescued ellies here just outside the town of Knysna. Fun for everyone, and great to get up close and personal with these amazing animals. You can feed them, then watch them in thir pool playing. lots of good keepers who can answer all your questions. These animals are not for breeding, but have... More 

2 Thank PoppySue F

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