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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had already completed a safari in Kruger so we were not sure what to expect. On arrival when we bought our tickets, we were also asked whether we wanted to buy some elephant food - a must as you will find out later. Prior...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful experience, to touch and walk with these magnificent creatures, it really does touch your soul !fantastic staff well organised very informative too! A must visit truly a memorable moment ❤️

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely place to take the family. A great Cafe and shop, informative videos and a wonderful opportunity to feed the elephants (at slightly extra cost). I sensed the operators have a really good heart and that the elephants come first. Nice to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The park is well set up and caters for the on set of visitors. You get close to the elephants and Zebra with the aid of the guides. It was great to feed the elephants which gets you close to see how beautiful these huge...More

Thank Stuart B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing experience. I’ve never been as close as this to these incredible elephants. You get to feed them and and really see them right next to you. The guides are full of knowledge and happy to answer all and any of your questions....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Left as soon as we realized this “sanctuary” exploits these animals by offering Elephant Rides for 1000 rand. Elephants aren’t for riding guys! Anyone who partakes should be ashamed of themselves. Open your eyes and realize - how does this elephant become comfortable with humans...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful opportunity to get close to these amazing animals who are clearly loved and well cared for by the rangers. We spent time with Jowell, who shared some of his knowledge and a lot of his passion and commitment. Keep up the good...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having been born in South Africa, animal exposure is not uncommon to us. Having not lived in the country for 17 years it was a great priviledge to take our children (8,8 and 13) to visit. They wanted see elephant and KEP was advised by...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Go! Go NOW! It’s the best animal or elephant experience in the world. It was a privilege to be able to visit

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the elephant park at the weekend and what a privilege and thrill to get so close to these magnificent creatures. To have them eating from your hand was a truly unforgettable experience. A must visit when in the area!

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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
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Rosco S
14 December 2016|
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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
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Susan T
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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
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