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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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Elephants but also zebra, warthog, kudu, lions and more

You are pretty much guaranteed to see elephants and a lot more particularly if you go on a tour... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2017
Mevagissey, United Kingdom
via mobile
Nice experience

This is a great experience for the the whole family.The little will not forget this in a long... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
Naz 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1km off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6570, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

You are pretty much guaranteed to see elephants and a lot more particularly if you go on a tour with a local guide like Saul who took us. He picked us up from Camp Figtree and took us around Addo, getting us incredibly close to...More

Thank Clever-Mermaid
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

This is a great experience for the the whole family.The little will not forget this in a long time.The feeding of the elephants is great feeling.Walking along side these big animals is a wonderful thing.

Thank Naz R
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We had booked our two families (4 adults, 2 teenagers and 1 child) in for a walking and riding the elephants experience over the internet from the UK. We had previously visited this park 15 years ago and we were delighted to see how it...More

Thank RobandSueSalisburyUK
Reviewed 24 April 2017

I had misgivings about visiting KEP given the previous accusations against them for animal cruelty and the fact that the owner is now being prosecuted (to my knowledge) but I decided to find out for myself what it was like. We booked to go on...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2017

What an overwhelming experience!!! The elephants are magnificent, we loved getting to feed them, definitely the highlight of our week-end up the garden route!

Thank Tammy O
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Good for all the family . Feed and pat the elephant in the open . Very informative tour . Good for lunch .

Thank bmw740il2015
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Super visit, the guides are experienced and knowledgeable. The elephants seem to be well looked after, thoroughly enjoyed feeding and interacting with these beautiful animals!

Thank 42ellies
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This Park does a nice job at connecting visitors with these magnificent animals. You are transported down to a feeding area where, if you purchased a bucket of food, you are paired up with an elephant to feed. Then, you get some close-up and photo...More

Thank AlbertaRider
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We visited 3 years ago and you interacted far more with the elephants. Once they were fed this time, we were given a short time to take pictures with the elephants, after which we were taken away to see the zebras (they were disinterested and...More

Thank Buncha13
KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Dear Valued Guest We are saddened to hear that you did not have the experience of a lifetime that we strive to achieve. Our experiences are usually a minimum of an hour in duration with both our front office ladies and the guides telling guests...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We booked a 2 hour tour at first to get our bearings. Saw a lot of animals. Decided to go on our own the next day which was stunning! Saw elefants, lots of Zebras, the whole works! Great place! 😎

Thank Dagmar2011
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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