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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's a place for elefants which lost eighter their mother/family or got injured somewhere. You can also sleep with the elefants. Buy a bucket for 50 Rand and feed them. Great pics!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an elephant sanctuary for elephants can can not make it in the wild for whatever reason. We really did get to feed them and also got some good education. Finally there was an excellent buffet associated with this event. We were part of...More

Thank Mark B
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KnysnaElephant, Marketing at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Mark B Thank you so much for your positive feedback ! It is much appreciated! We are very happy to hear that you had an amazing time with us and we hope to see you again soon ! Kind Regards The Knysna Elephant Park...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

A once in a lifetime experience! We could feed the elephants and spend a bit of time walking around with them and ask the keepers questions about the elephants. The elephants were well looked after and great to be able to help this local cause.

Thank Emily E
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KnysnaElephant, Marketing at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Emily E We are so happy to hear that you had a good time with us ! We are very grateful to anyone who visits our park. We hope to see you again soon ! Kind Regards The Knysna Elephant Park Team

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elephants seem healthy and well kept. The guided tour lasts 30min. You get to feed the elephants if you purchase a bucket of fruit&veg. You then get to touch and stay with elephants for some pictures. The only downside was that our guide wasn't particularly...More

Thank Jeffrey B
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KnysnaElephant, Marketing at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Jeffrey B Thank you for your feedback, our apologies that you didn't find your guide very informative, we normally have the best review for all of our guides. We are glad that you enjoyed the rest of your experience and we hope that we...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the walking with elephants experience. We initially watched a short video about the park and then were driven out into the park where the elephants and their guides were waiting for us. Feeding the elephants made me realise just how large and powerful...More

Thank instoreman
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KnysnaElephant, Marketing at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Valued Guest Thank you very much for your feedback! We are very happy to hear that you had an amazing time ! Kind Regards Knysna Elephant Park Management

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went along to see the elephants and not too willingly! I imagined that they were kind of in captivity and that I would leave there feeling sad. Anyway am so pleased to report that it was the most incredible and awesome experience and I...More

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KnysnaElephant, Marketing at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi MerlotCapeTown Thank you for your positive review, we are very happy to hear that you were pleased with what you experience ! Kind Regards Knysna Elephant Park Management

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the highlights of our trip to South Africa. What a wonderful place with incredible staff and the opportunity to get up close to the elephants. I love that you find out the stories of each of the elephants before you jump on the...More

Thank janicems
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At first I wasn’t so sure if I really wanted to go out of our way to visit this place but I did and it was totally worth it! Unique experience I would recomend everyone!

Thank Bekous
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited because I adore elephants. This is an exceptional experience. The rangers are very knowledgable and stay with you for safety. You begin by feeding then take a walk and get up close. We luckily had a ranger to ourself and learned a lot...More

Thank Caren S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You must to stop there when you are passing by the garden route! It’s a compulsory stop:)! The interaction with the elephant is make you feel small again in this world!

Thank Youness D
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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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