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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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Up close and personal

We though we got close to the elephants on our safari but this takes it to a whole other level! To... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2011
London, United Kingdom
Jumbo Experience - Fun

Really a Must Do Activity in Knysna. Simply brilliant way to know more about Elephants, and in a... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2011
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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 24 December 2011

We though we got close to the elephants on our safari but this takes it to a whole other level! To start, make sure you buy the bucket of fruits and veggies to feed the elephant. You're taken to where the elephants are waiting in...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2011

Really a Must Do Activity in Knysna. Simply brilliant way to know more about Elephants, and in a way really the Best way to be close and personal to the GENTLE GIANTS. Simply amazing spending time with the Elephants.

Thank Sid30Sha
Reviewed 12 December 2011

great fun-amazing to be so close to all the elephants. Well worth the visit!

1  Thank Bubbles2012
Reviewed 7 December 2011

Spent 2 hours feeding and getting to know the elephants. Walking after them and seeing them eating and playing was amazing. If you love animals it's a must.

Thank ChezUK25
Reviewed 3 December 2011

This experience was phenomenal. To touch an elephant & be so close was awesome.

Thank Nadream
Reviewed 2 December 2011

On arrival we sat and watched a short video on the elephants in the Park. Then a short drive in a trailer vehicle to meet the elephants - and then the close interaction is amazing.

1  Thank KnysnaHideaway
Reviewed 1 December 2011

Guides are fantastic. Riding the elephants was definitely the highlight of our trip-

1  Thank Sheryl P
Reviewed 28 November 2011

This is a close you will ever get to an elephant. The guides are very good and I know a lot more about elephants after this visit.

Thank C_C21755
Reviewed 22 November 2011

Excellent concept, you enjoy elephant company and serving a good cause at the same time

1  Thank Michael K
Reviewed 19 November 2011

This is a must if you are in and around Kyysna. I would advise buying a tub of food for the elephants as it is great feeding them. After feeding them the fruit and veg you then can walk with them. It is unbelieveable and...More

1  Thank Carol G
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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