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Knysna Elephant Park

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Founded in 1994, The Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. The first orphaned calves (from a culling operation in the Kruger National Park) named Harry and Sally, after the...more
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1km Off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732
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Reviewed yesterday

I keep going back and it just gets better and better. Beautiful peaceful surroundings, majestic creatures. happy in nature

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SantelV
Reviewed yesterday

this is the experience of a lifetime. You get really up close and personal with the ele's and feel very safe the entire time. I am not a fan of animal interactions as I belive that to get the animals to be placid people have...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Katherine N
Reviewed yesterday

These folks treat the southernmost Elephant population right. Everyone is knowledgable and lets you get right up close to the ellies! Experience of a lifetime.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Katharine O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These amazing animals are so close, being able to feed them, walk with them & touch them was a privilege. Don't visit Knysnsa without dropping in! !

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sandra M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The experience involves being taken in a minibus to a steel railing. The elephants assemble on the other side to be hand-fed from buckets of food sold by the park. After feeding the elephants wander off at will, watched by the rangers but if one...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Roy L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This elephant park has rescue elephants. After a short video, small groups of people are driven out to where the elephants are. Be sure to buy a couple of buckets of food. You have the opportunity to feed these magnificent elephants. You have 30 minutes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Linda B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, an amazing opportunity to be very close to the majestic elephants. This is not a wildlife or safari park but an elephant sanctuary where they are very accustomed to being around people including children. You get to go feed them and then for an...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank EdFamily121
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Magical experience you won't easily have at another place. A must do for everyone especially to gain respect for all animals and nature.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Liezel v
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked an overnight stay in the lodge beside the elephant Boma. This was an awesome experience seeing them coming in for the night and being able to watch them. We had booked the morning walk and breakfast picnic. This was amazing just even walking...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok so we visited hear and whilst I appreciate it maybe a conservation project I didn’t see much evidence as bus loads of tourists arrive every half hour, are driven to the elephants and purchase buckets of food for which the elephants line up to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your constructive feedback…we appreciate guests taking the time to give us their opinions. It really does help us maintain our standards, especially during summer season (November, December, January and February), which are some of our busiest months. November can be very busy...More

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22 November 2018|
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Response from SonjavT | Reviewed this property |
Standard, would be great. There are too many other places to visit too and usually breakfast is included with most stays in SA. The standard includes a ride into the fields, touching and feeding the elephants and an... More
6 May 2018|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Nelly071 Yes you can, you can go on to our website, and click on "book at the elephant lodge' in the top left hand corner. Skip step 1 and click on step 2 (Room Type) - that is where you can choose which activity you... More
Peter R
12 March 2018|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Peter R Only 2 of our rooms have windows looking into our boma, but all of our rooms are connected to a communal lounge area which overlooks the elephants sleeping quaters. I hope this helps :) Kind Regards The Knysna... More