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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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Amazing experience

Great contact with elephants and understanding how fragile the species is still in the face of loss... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2012
Los Angeles, California
Really interesting

Learnt a lot. However, it isn't like seeeing them in their nataural habitat

Reviewed 13 February 2012
Tom V
Ramsbury, UK
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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 17 February 2012

Great contact with elephants and understanding how fragile the species is still in the face of loss of habitat.

Thank LilWallace
Reviewed 13 February 2012

Learnt a lot. However, it isn't like seeeing them in their nataural habitat

Thank Tom V
Reviewed 13 February 2012

Spent a whole day here. The Elephants looked in perfect health. The babies were magical and we were able to touch and feed them. The staff were 'the best'. The cafe and shop excellent. Just try the carrot cake. Wow.

Thank Barbarahooper_12
Reviewed 12 February 2012

Nice to get up close and feed the elephants. Although a tourist attraction money spent does go back into protecting the elephants.

Thank traceyeastbourne13
Reviewed 9 February 2012

We all loved it here. The best part was actually going right up to the elephants and feeding them veggies. We also liked touching them. It was an amazing experience.

Thank TravelBug4235
Reviewed 8 February 2012

Nice to actually touch the elephants. Not a show like in Thailand and the rides are only 10 minutes but still enjoyed it. Lovely for children as they get to feed the elephants.

Thank Carolyn A
Reviewed 6 February 2012

It is a fantastic tour to include in the Garden Route. If you are an animal lover then getting close to these animals is a must.

Thank cathystours
Reviewed 2 February 2012

Whow, go and see them but stay in the car! Great, the best pictures of elephants I ever took!

Thank ToosjeWevers
Reviewed 31 January 2012

A tractor pulls an open carriage of visitors to the elephants who gather behind a simple rail, awaiting the buckets of food that it is a pleasure to hand over to these magnificent animals. Then they wander off, with small groups of tourists following (we...More

Reviewed 31 January 2012

If you want to touch and feed the elephants, these is the place.

Thank shunets
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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