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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved every moment of this experience. I am beside myself still. It is something I will never forget. The guides were very knowledgeable, and answered ever question we had. They always put our safety first. You could see the elephants were very relaxed and...More

Thank Meagan W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did this last minute and are so happy we did!! Amazing place! Wonderful stall and volunteers. The elephants are so well cared for and are eventually dehumanized and released back to the wild. Walking amongst them is an experience I will never forget!!

Thank ernst-travel
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent value, being able to get so close to the elephants & learning their story. We had an excellent guide who was both very knowledgeable and patient allowing us to spend time extra time in the company of these majestic animals. Relaxed and unhurried.

Thank dee m
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience getting up close to elephants, touching, feeding and walking beside them. The kids will love it.

Thank Mohamed P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We fed and walked with the elephants as a family of 4 with an 8 and an 11 year old. The staff were professional and informative and were very warm hosts. It was one of the most memorable experience on our trip in South Africa...More

Thank Kev270
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience with the elephants. The entry fee is quite expensive for local visitors. The guides are safety conscious of which I’m impressed especially if you’re with small children. The coffee shop has delicious home made food.

Thank Shaun S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I cannot recommend this experience strongly enough - because it is the experience of a lifetime - to be able to interact with these incredible creatures is just priceless. The guides are knowledgeable and amusing. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours and we all had...More

Thank SusannaW799
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an amazing visit to Knysna Elephant Park. We did an afternoon walk with the elephants which was excellent. The guides are so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do and it was so good to see how they are working on conservation of...More

Thank freida_moore
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Driving through the park is a truly wonderful thing to do and a great way to enjoy a more 'compact' safari experience. The park can be traversed in a couple of hours, even at a slow crawl, and the animals can be viewed up close....More

Thank MilooliM
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Knysna Elephant park is a must do when you are visiting the area. Touching and feeding Elephants is really amazing. We where a little disappointed in our guide. He wasn't telling a lot about the elephants, unless we asked a question. Then we got...More

Thank willemsnele
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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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