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Knysna Elephant Park

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1km Off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732
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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 6571, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

After an 8 minute tv presentation you are driven the short distance to where the elephants are grazing. Not being daft they all turn up as soon as they hear the trailer coming! You have the option, when buying your ticket, to purchase a very...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2013

We did not book ahead, but were able to book on arrival and luckily wait only a few minutes before joining the next guided tour. A brief video presentation outlined the history of the Park and some safety guidelines before we could take our purchased...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2013

much improved on 2 years ago...good value. It's a real experience to feed the animals..and be so close

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Reviewed 11 February 2013

the sanctory is nearer Plettenberg than Knysna so prepare for a 1 hour drive if staying in Knysna.We arrived 10 am and felt that the entrance fee seemed high and quickly abandoned our plan to take an elephant ride.We joined a group of 8 people...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2013

We went on an afternoon to see and feed the elephants. This is somewhere you can feeed and mix with the Elephants with knowledgeable Guides. There are also rooms, with a lounge, where you are able to stay overnight and sleep in the Elephant's night...More

Thank Mac M
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

To feel, touch an elephant and look into their eye's are surely THE best experience ever. Skin full of sharp, hard, hair - and a soft, soft trunk. So big, yet so gentle. Enormous .... creature with strong family instincts and a loyal love between...More

Thank Lothé V
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Reviewed 6 February 2013 via mobile

We have visited twice and been very impressed on both occasions. You get to feed elephants, walk with them and ask questions. As well as many photo opportunities. The guides have been brilliant and very friendly. It is also good to know that the elephants...More

Thank dylan_thompsett
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

Our family had a wonderful experience at the Knysna elephant park. The people working there are all very friendly and helpful. They have an interesting museum where we walked through, while waiting for our guide to the elephants. Feeding and touching those gentle giants was...More

Thank Jackie T
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

These are the last 9 of the southern most elephants in the world and there are currently only these 9 left in the world. it is a sad reflection on what we have done to some magnificent creatures, but they are at least trying to...More

Thank vincem50
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Reviewed 29 January 2013 via mobile

I visited this awesome place ad part of my garden route exoloration Words can not describe my expetience. The ellies as they call their ekephants were amazing The nine ekephants they have sally , thato etc are real gentle giants. I did the 1 hour...More

Thank impudzi
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nelly071
6 May 2018|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Nelly071 Yes you can, you can go on to our website, and click on "book at the elephant lodge' in the top left hand corner. Skip step 1 and click on step 2 (Room Type) - that is where you can choose which activity you... More
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Peter R
12 March 2018|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Peter R Only 2 of our rooms have windows looking into our boma, but all of our rooms are connected to a communal lounge area which overlooks the elephants sleeping quaters. I hope this helps :) Kind Regards The Knysna... More
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Samantha V
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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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