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Knysna Elephant Park

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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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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 famous movie of the time, remain part of the KEP family today: Harry as the dominant bull and Sally as the matriarch of the herd. Since 1994, we have cared for and raised more than thirty elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls and ex-circus animals. Some have become part of the KEP herd, others have moved onto other reserves and facilities in the Western and Eastern Cape, taking in to cognizance their personalities, bonds with other animals and welfare needs. The present KEP herd numbers nine - the largest domesticated matriarchal herd in the country. Your elephant encounter begins starts in our Interpretation Centre where you are introduced to our elephants, through beautiful photographic and informative displays. Here you can also book an elephant-back ride, a sunrise walk with the elephants or special exclusive sundowner tour. A short video presentation gives you further insight into the Park and its elephant-orientated missions and goals, before you enter the Park to meet the elephants. Our facilities are world class and our style of management ensures that our elephants interact with guests on their own terms. Within this habitat, we call a "controlled, free-range" environment, our daily tours offer guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with our elephants; but still gives the elephants to some freedom and choice. Guests may remain with the elephants as long as they wish, before being transported back to the Restaurant and Curio Shop. A Photography Department is also available for guests to purchase personalized photos and DVD's of their Extraordinary Elephant Encounter - making your memories last a lifetime! Our newly refurbished night quarters consist of a large covered elephant boma, which leads into an outdoor fenced camp. For an animal that can eat for up to 18 hours a day, this arrangement allows our elephants to exhibit a large variety of behaviours during the night. They are able to choose where they want to sleep - indoors or outdoors; who they want to interact with, as well as where and what they want to eat. This again contributes to one of the highest quality captive elephant management styles in South Africa. Our elephant boma and night camp are viewed from above by our Elephant Lodge guests, another first for South Africa...nowhere else in the country can you 'sleep' with elephants The need for research was recognized by The Knysna Elephant Park who then created the African Elephant Research Unit (AERU, est. 2009), aimed at improving the management and welfare of captive elephants throughout South Africa. Visitors to the park are privileged to have a close-up and personal encounter with these gentle giants, and leave having gained a healthy respect for these wonderful animals, as well as a better understanding of the African elephant and their plight across the continent. EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTERS - BE TOUCHED BY AN ELEPHANT
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1km Off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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+27 44 532 7732
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a special treat to see these massive yet passive and gentle animals up close and personal. Kids loved being able to feed and touch them.

Thank Lynton C
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Reviewed yesterday

From the minute that we walked in until we left, everything was amazing. The video before meeting the elephant's was also very interesting. A highlight our roadtrip for sure. I would go back in a heartbeat! Go!!!

Thank Colleen C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are a family of four( two adults, two kids aged 10 and 11), we stayed two nights at the park. We stayed at the elephant lodge, and got allocated the room Keisha. Beautiful room, although the bed for the kids was rather small. Also,...More

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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your positive review. We are so glad to hear that your enjoyed your stay at the lodge and that you got to experience a beautiful walk (in the morning and the afternoon)!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent place to visit and get to feed and walk with the elephants, definitely recommended if you are nearby

Thank dmill10185
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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your feedback and recommendation! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time spent at the Park!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an lovely time walking with the Elephants and learning more the majestic animals. Don’t think you can get any more ‘up-close-and-personal’ with them than at this place!

Thank Luke Y
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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your feedback, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time spent with us!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my most memorable experiences ever. Spending time with these gentle souls and being able to be so close and touch them, was just a breathtaking experience. Having time to interact and touch them is an experience most people will never experience. Seeing the...More

Thank Eugene s
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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your positive feedback! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience and that our elephants touched your heart! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in the Elephant park had a tour of the place very nice and interesting place fed the Elephants that was a nice experience very enjoyable afternoon.

Thank David T
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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Valued Guest We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We fed the elephants and got to touch them and learnt so much first hand about these wonderful creatures! They have friendly staff and also have a cosy cafe to drink something with your family or friends and discuss your unforgettable experience.

Thank Christelle B
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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your positive feedback! We are glad that you enjoyed the time you spent with us! The cafe is always a good spot to relax and take in everything you had just experienced with a good cup of coffee!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved every minute with these majestic animals. The park is very well run and really seem to be all about the best for their elephants! The guides are all very knowledge and interact with both the guests and the elephants with equal respect. It...More

Thank KiraGoller
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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your positive feedback, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and that your guide/s shared their knowledge of our elephants with you! The play area is always a hit with children. We hope to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This experience was worth it. The elephants are beautiful and gentle. Our guide Berry was filled with information about these gentle giants. A truly worthwhile stop.

Thank anneanne1901
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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and that your guide shared all that is amazing about our elephants! We hope to see you again soon!

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nelly071
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
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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
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Samantha V
3 May 2017|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Samantha, I am so sorry that we are only responding now. The rates for Adults for our Daily Tour is R 290.00 each, Children from 5 to 12 years old R 130.00 and Children under 5 years of age free. We sell feeding buckets... More
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