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Knysna Elephant Park

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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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We loved loved loved. They have Accom too which has a lounge area overlooking the eles sleeping... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Amazing experience

We stayed overnight for 2 nights in the lodge on our honeymoon. The lodge was very nice and being... read more

Reviewed 2 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 via mobile

We loved loved loved. They have Accom too which has a lounge area overlooking the eles sleeping stable (it's huge!). We didn't stay but if we'd have known about it we would have. It looked fab! Tour was great. Guides very knowledgeable and lovely. Eles...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed overnight for 2 nights in the lodge on our honeymoon. The lodge was very nice and being that close to elephants was amazing. We had a morning experience which involved touching the elephants and walking with them, there are guides around which helps...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting to see these animals so closely and great for children to have the chance to feed them.Mixed feelings about the animals being out of their natural habitat. Various options to spend time with the elephants and quite expensive for even the cheapest package.

Thank recordable
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing up close experience. Excellently run establishment who really knows how to care for rescued elephants including babies personally weened by a professional team.

Thank X8585PIkimm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction can be skipped. Too touristic, and thous elephant should be seen in real life in Kruger park and not in small farm in which that are being feed and being ride and as a show off for wedding. I would skip it

Thank Yoav B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been in Africa for four months, including over a month on safaris in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, BUT this very meaningful experience of touching, walking, feeding the beautiful elephants, and hearing about Knysna Elephant Park's ongoing wonderful mission of rehabilitating, loving and caring...More

Thank KarenBonavita
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was absolutely the highlight of our holiday. Being so close to such great and majestic creatures. Gentle giants saved by KEP. So thankful we could experience touching and feeding elephants! The guides were amazing. This is a must visit in this area. You can...More

Thank Shanda V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All i can say is Wow Wow Wow. This is truly a must for anyone who wishes to see, feed and touch these beautiful majestic animals. It's a once in a lifetime experience that is priceless when done. Thank you to all the staff and...More

Thank foodloverkby
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped here passing n2. The elephants were nice, but I met an absurd racist and she ruined my day. A white woman who was responsible for photo printing rejected showing family photo to my korean family, but kindly treated next white couple right there....More

Thank Byoungjo J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were happy to see how well the elephants are treated. No bull hooks, no party tricks.... just elephants being saved or rehabilitated and set free into the wild again. We encountered elephants in Thailand and were so sad to realize that the elephants were...More

Thank 381sascham
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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