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Knysna Elephant Park

#3 of 76 things to do in Knysna Features Animals
1km off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6570, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732
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Great close up experience with well managed elephants

Stumbled across this place as a few minutes from Lairds Lodge , they love their Elpehants and do a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dundee, United Kingdom
Not a safari, but well worth supporting!

We deliberately discounted any attempts at seeing 'The Big Five' on this trip, but felt we needed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 6570, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stumbled across this place as a few minutes from Lairds Lodge , they love their Elpehants and do a great job in looking after them . We noticed when there you can stay for the night and sit inside over viewing them in their barn,...More

Thank mkb40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We deliberately discounted any attempts at seeing 'The Big Five' on this trip, but felt we needed to see a little wild life. This destination did not disappoint. While the elephants are clearly 'kept' they are nonetheless all rescued and the experience was no less...More

Thank 221AndrewM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I know some will judge but we got some great advice from our guide Mac, if you really think about it no animal was created for humans to ride. After visiting the sanctuary about 6 years ago my partner suggested we do the elephant ride...More

Thank AJ K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The whole place is run so well, the elephants are considered every step of the way, the handlers are superb. You can see that they love their job. The accommodation at the lodge is outstanding, and to be able to sit with the elephants at...More

Thank DougSomersetWest
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful visit to the Elephant park Guides explain the history of the elephants. Feeding the animals unusual and getting to touch and feel great.

Thank Phillip G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour is simple but just want you want...to be up close to elephants, to watch them, touch them and feed them. The handlers are all extremely professional and friendly. A slick and well run experience. There is a coffee shop with kids play area...More

Thank Nicky S
Reviewed 17 July 2017

it was a good experiences. is good how they learn and know what to do and se how they live. seems as if they just want to eat. it cost a lot to visit the park. it is so sad that we must compete with...More

Thank cobusTheunissen
Reviewed 16 July 2017

On a day trip so not a safari park experience. We enjoyed our trip to feed the elephants with the fruit/veg bucket we bought. Good fun. The park clearly is morally responsible and educates on conservation and animal welfare. Friendly coffee shop staff and good...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We had to stay somewhere nearby and a friend recommended staying in the rooms in the elephant barn. We did and as a bonus had 2 walks with the elephants, a lovely meal from the lounge watching the elephants go to bed and a good...More

1  Thank sunnyAlbany128
Reviewed 15 July 2017

You should definitely book the ride with the elephants. It's safe and the animals are treated very decently. Guides explain you thoroughly the behavior of the elephants and you get to feed them by hand. I would do it again next time I'm in ZA....More

1  Thank Christopher K
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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
Rosco S
14 December 2016|
Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Good afternoon Rosco S, thank you for your message. I have not been able to find any review by Kate V. I will continue to search and I will reply to her as soon as I find the review. If you have her contact details, I would... More
Susan T
2 March 2016|
Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Susan. Thank you for the enquiry. And thank you for contacting us directly in this regard. Please know that the people who run this 'page' have never been to the Park and have never actually taken the time to find out who... More