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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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A warm experience

A chance to feed the elephant and touch them was amazing. They are such warm animals. We have also... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2012
STMKCK
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Def worth a visit !

this was a really nice 2-3 hour visit. It was really good to get so close to these amazing... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2012
sarah s
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1km off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed 25 April 2012

A chance to feed the elephant and touch them was amazing. They are such warm animals. We have also had lunch at the restaurant, their calamari and burger are delicious and value for money.

1  Thank STMKCK
Reviewed 22 April 2012

this was a really nice 2-3 hour visit. It was really good to get so close to these amazing animals. We were told a lot of info about each elephant and it's history, it was a heartwarming and fantastic day

3  Thank sarah s
Reviewed 21 April 2012

Really nice if you like elephants. Actually, the "walk and feeding" were even more enjoyable then the "ridding" option! The waitting room is kind of depressing, telling about the hunting and stuff, but the close encounters are worth it.

2  Thank Lusendra
Reviewed 20 April 2012

What a wonderful experience. Our time riding and feeding the elephants was amazing - we were also told a lot about the elephants at the park. I would highly recommend going to the park and riding these wonderful gentle giants.

3  Thank Carla W
Reviewed 17 April 2012

We had a great time here close up taking lots of pictures of Elephants,well worth a visit

2  Thank pinnock
Reviewed 17 April 2012

Even if great and rough skinned they are certainly cute and rare. Only 9 elephants here. Thinking about the elephants history for this region, thats is better than none! It seems that the animals are taken well care of. :0)

1  Thank Graabein
Reviewed 16 April 2012

A little bit tame as the elephants are so rehearsed they are almost robots.

Thank mike b
Reviewed 15 April 2012

This is a wonderful experience if you love to get up close and personal with elephants. I wasn't that keen personally, but the rest of my fellow travellers loved it.

Thank emwni
Reviewed 11 April 2012

Magnificent visit to the elephant sanctuary......being able to touch these great animals was just mind blowing.............pity that the elephant rides are so expensive.

1  Thank Deb O
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Would never have believed is was possible to get so close to these wonderful animals and share some time with them. Our guide was a mine of information about both the Knysna area and the elephants in thier care.

1  Thank Bob P
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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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Rosco S
14 December 2016|
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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
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Susan T
2 March 2016|
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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
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