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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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Have fun with the Eles

Fed the elephants, wlaked with them patted them - tip buy an extra bucket of food, costs pennies... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2012
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Can get very hot, so choose a good (weather) day. We also took our 2 year old daughter and she... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2012
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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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 9 January 2012

Fed the elephants, wlaked with them patted them - tip buy an extra bucket of food, costs pennies and you have extra fun with the eles

Thank JaniceM2011
Reviewed 9 January 2012

Can get very hot, so choose a good (weather) day. We also took our 2 year old daughter and she enjoyed it so its great for kids.

Thank TheAbduls
Reviewed 8 January 2012

We went on Christmas Day (a bonus as we weren't sure if anything would be open!) We got a bucket of food to feed the elephants who seemed quite accustomed to the idea of standing behind the railings to get some fruit and veg! I...More

Thank HeatherandSimon
Reviewed 8 January 2012

We fed the elephants and spent about 1/2 hr with them. Considered going on a ride but very expensive.

Thank Larraine C
Reviewed 7 January 2012

This was our third visit to the park. Wonderful to get up close again to these fascinating animals. Can't recommend this attraction enough! We went early and spent 30-40 minutes after feeding walking in amongst the elephants. Sorry to hear that Harry is moving after...More

Thank marcobb
Reviewed 6 January 2012

My two daughters & I went on the sunrise elephant ride and it was the highlight of our wonderful trip to Knysna. The handlers and staff were all fab especially Kuliman who was Sally the elephants handler and rode her with me. The experience of...More

Thank nanapie49
Reviewed 5 January 2012

Great to see these animals free in such a large area and their response to the keepers was delightful. When they spot the tourist train they head for the feeding area for the fruit treats that they know are coming their way. Great for young...More

Thank rdv
Reviewed 4 January 2012

Went on the early morning ride & it was so surreal. Riding the backs of these gentle creatures was an experience I will never forget. The staff at the park were so friendly & really loved the elephants. So happy I chose to do this

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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Very nice and sweet animals, funny to feed them. Liked to have opportunity to walk next to them, touch them.

Thank Elena P
Reviewed 2 January 2012

Super experience, up close to "ellies" nice guides and a lovely cafe at the end. Fabulous day out

Thank Lesley F
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Samantha V
Good day, what are your prices for two adults and one child attending the elephant park? Regards Samantha
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
How come no answer to Kate V about the charges brought against you for cruelty?
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
I have paid a deposit for a months volunteer placement at your project but i have just seen that you are on the Bad List of Volunteers Beware and that worries me. Can you justify.
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