Knysna Elephant Park

Knysna Elephant Park: Hours, Address, Knysna Elephant Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Knysna Elephant Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The Knysna Elephant Park (est. 1994) was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Over the last 25 years, the park has cared for and raised more than 40 elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls and ex-circus animals. Some have become part of the resident herd, others have moved onto other reserves and facilities in the Western and Eastern Cape, depending on their personalities, bonds with other animals and welfare needs. The present KEP herd numbers ten – the largest domesticated matriarchal herd in the country. Our style of management offers guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with our elephants, on elephant terms. Responsible and educational interactions allow guests to appreciate the awe-inspiring presence of these animals, but still give the elephants the space and freedom to choose where they want to move, what they want to eat and who they want to interact with.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Khanyiej
Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Amazing with kids. What an awesome experience especially feeding the elephants. One of the guides was kind enough to allow us to stay longer from the group so that we can take more pictures. He also told us about Thato
Written 14 January 2022
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Tichile
1 contribution
Jan 2022
We stayed here during our overnight stop over in Knynsa on our garden route drive from Cape Town to P-E.
The park surpassed our expectations.
Gorgeous room overlooking the elephant resting area, a lovely restaurant and the most epic interaction with the elephants during feeding. I can’t find the words to describe how incredible the whole e experience was. Wish we’d stayed longer. Highly recommended !
Written 14 January 2022
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Bilqis_96
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
I highly recommend a stay over in the lodge its beautiful and you get to wake up if you lucky like i was at 5 am with the sound of elephants inside the their pen (sleeping area) and have your first coffee watching them wake up and move out to graze. the park is kids friendly they all enjoyed it, they have a play area for the kids which i think is amazing, breakfast was great, the staff was beyond helpful and very friendly and made the experience worth it.
Written 14 January 2022
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Sophia D
Namibia1 contribution
Jan 2022
What an experience! Truly amazing! I highly recommend everyone to stop and visit! From the moment you enter you are welcomed warmly and professional. All the staff are so friendly and helpful. The herd was just incredible, they are so well fed and the guides are truly informative. The upkeep must be an incredible task of such a big establishment but very well done.
I have been here twice now but this time I was gravely disappointed in the Aeru group.
If you look at all the staff, of which there must be a hundred, everyone was so neat and tidy; from uniforms to hair, just immaculate! The Aeru group looked very "dirty", perhaps they came to SA for a tan? Rolled up sleeves and pants are surely not the professional look an establishment the elephant park want to show?
Written 13 January 2022
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josias1923
Cape Town, South Africa16 contributions
Jan 2022
Definitely a must if you in the area or surrounds. Staff are well organized and knowledgeable about the elephants. Feeding the elephants is an experience !!!!
Loved this place and will definitely return :)
Written 12 January 2022
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Gert P
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
Beautiful experience being close with the elephants! Great project in support of the elephant population across Africa.
Written 31 December 2021
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hworro944109
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Staff are knowledgeable and caring. Great education and insight into elephants and the incredible work the park does.
Once in a lifetime experience, a must on your Garden route holiday
Incredible value for money
Written 29 December 2021
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zai2eng
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
What an Amazing bucket list experience.The staff was amazing including the guides.The accommodation was comfortable and Sterling. A great family experience.Afternoon walk and feeding the gentle giants is a must do.
Written 28 December 2021
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esmith727541
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
• Friendly staff, from restaurant personnel, informative guides, cleaning personnel ready to assist and top you up should you need anything.
• Spacious room, with a big bed and the balcony overlooking the elephants is such a treat. (Room 2: Sally)
• Private lounge area for guests whereby you can sit at your leisure watching the elephants, no rush just you taking in the experience.
Written 21 December 2021
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it603
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa1 contribution
Nov 2021
Well organised by Erin Shattock, hearty welcome by Geoffrey and fantastic leadership talk by Ndyebo.
Written 30 November 2021
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