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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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A must!

First, let me say I love Elephants. As I told my wife numerous times during our stay in South... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2011
Petah Tiqwa, Israel
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome

I am still am smiling from this experience. I LOVED it. Such a great experience. We fed, petted... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2011
Ruth R
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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 29 July 2011

First, let me say I love Elephants. As I told my wife numerous times during our stay in South Africa, they make me happy. We did not do the riding or "walk with" options because they were just too expensive for us, so we settled...More

5  Thank rafman80
Reviewed 28 July 2011

I am still am smiling from this experience. I LOVED it. Such a great experience. We fed, petted, and walked the elephants back in for the night. After that we all had a delicious dinner.

2  Thank Ruth R
Reviewed 28 July 2011

Lovely park, lot of details explained and the most gorgeous elephants

2  Thank CJ70
Reviewed 21 July 2011

This is one of the most amazing experiences I have had! Our visit began with brief welcome and introduction to the herd in the museum. We then rode out to meet the elephants after being given a bucket of treats - fruit and vegetables. We...More

1  Thank TempeBrisbane
Reviewed 13 July 2011

Great experience and an opportunity to ask real and relevant questions about conservation, ethics and man's interaction with elephants. You literally walk with them and see first hand the herd structure. These guys are doing great work and you learn so much from the interaction....More

2  Thank Shanesmituj
Reviewed 14 June 2011

Walking with the elephants as they roam freely through the grounds and listening to the guardians of these wonderful animals truly makes a day to remember. You can stay in a flat above the animals night time quarters. Some lucky guest saw a baby elephant...More

3  Thank Hicklin
Reviewed 23 May 2011

Well worth the time to visit - great interactions with elephants with knowledgable staff

2  Thank hergeEurope
Reviewed 2 April 2011

Amazing experience to be so close to elephants. Feed them, touch them. Elephant rides must be booked in advance. Pleasant and helpful staff. Thank you for an unforgettable visit.

2  Thank Hesova
Reviewed 25 March 2011

This is an incredible place where the welfare of the elephants is very clearly the no.1 priority and the commercial side simply helps to fund additional research into these amazing animals. We were lucky enough to stay in one of the rooms that adjoins the...More

1  Thank Kate_S_Butler
Reviewed 25 March 2011

We had a wonderful morning at the park. Our children loved it and the service and facilities were excellent. I was proud to be a South African!

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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