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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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Elephant ride

the people at the park were very kind from reservation over the internet to the execution of our... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2012
Excellent for children education

We visited this park in Feb 2012 with almost 5 old son and almost 2 old daughter. Staff was very... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2012
Brno, Czech Republic
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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
+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed 12 August 2012

the people at the park were very kind from reservation over the internet to the execution of our visit

Thank IsraelPaul
Reviewed 9 August 2012 via mobile

We visited this park in Feb 2012 with almost 5 old son and almost 2 old daughter. Staff was very friendly,helpfull and attention to our children. Many information about elephants live,nature connections etc. Nice play ground for children in restaurant area and good meal there!

Thank Kroulak
Reviewed 7 August 2012

We visited Knysna elephant park and really enjoyed our visit. It is fairly expensive to get in R220 each but it is understandable as it must cost a lot to keep the elephants. There is a short tractor ride to where the elephants are and...More

1  Thank tulip27
Reviewed 30 July 2012

Knysna Elephant Park does good work, and for what it is, kind of a glorified petting zoo, it's excellent. It's just hard to enjoy this way of seeing eles when one has seen them wandering around 90% wild in game reserves. Being able to feed...More

1  Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed 26 July 2012

My sister and I took my 2 year old daughter to see the elephants. It was so much better than I had expected. The weather was bad, and so there was no wait time. We each bought a bucket of food to feed the elephants...More

Thank gmcoffee
Reviewed 20 July 2012

The highlight of my Garden Route trip was a visit to the Knysna Elephant Park where you get to walk with the herd, feed them and just listen to them. I've always wanted to touch an elephant as they are the most mystic and spiritual...More

1  Thank Linda M
Reviewed 19 July 2012 via mobile

It is extremely fun to feed the ellies! Afterward, standing near them as they graze can get a bit dull.

Thank redlefgnid
Reviewed 19 July 2012 via mobile

It was a wet day and I looking for to do with the kids. My expectations were low. I thought this would be a tourist trap but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a fantastic and fascinating opportunity to be up close and personal with...More

Thank Guilherme C
Reviewed 15 July 2012

Liked feeding the elephants, but not enough contact for the entry price

1  Thank Karen M
Reviewed 13 July 2012 via mobile

was a wet day but still enjoyable trilled to be able to have such an experience in SA, last time was 12 years ago in Thailand this was much more real experience as sat directly on elephant as compared to sitting in a canopy on...More

Thank TravelFeetZA
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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