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Knysna Elephant Park

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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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What an experience!

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Reviewed 9 September 2017
Pretoria, South Africa
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A fun time feeding the big gentle giants!!!!

We had a great time feeding the elephants & getting to know more about these gentle giants!!! Not... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Leecreedia L
Maryville, Tennessee
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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 9 September 2017 via mobile

It has become a habit for me to read the worst and best reviews of an attraction/ establishment before I write my own review and in the case of the Knysna Elephant Park I really have to give a positive review. I see that many...More

1  Thank Chantelle_vdw
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We had a great time feeding the elephants & getting to know more about these gentle giants!!! Not only did we feed them but we also had an amazing dinner there.

Thank Leecreedia L
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Wow, what a great experience to see these animals so close. It gets better, you get a chance to feed them and touch them. Great opportunity for photographer. I would have given them a five if it wasn't for the first guide we had. He...More

1  Thank Werner S
KnysnaElephant, Marketing at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you for visiting Knysna Elephant Park! We look forward to having you visit our beautiful elephants again in the near future.

Reviewed 6 September 2017

The staff were all professional and friendly, from our arrival at reception, on the tour and in the coffee shop afterwards. Being close up to the elephants, feeding them and scratching them behind the ears was a privilege.

Thank chez2017
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This was on my son's wish list so we did it. If you don't want to ride the elephants then skip it. We were on a time constraints and tried to do the abbreviated version even though we paid full price. The guide sent our...More

Thank AdventureJunkie71
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

An excellent organisation and a very fun place to visit. The elephant rides are brilliant and feeding them is a lot of fun. The guides are all very knowledgeable and friendly. A brilliant day trip and a good cafe.

Thank Jake M
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped in here for a visit on the way to Port Elizabeth which was well worth it. Top attraction for all ages and great cause which recuses orphaned elephants from all over Africa. Staff were very friendly and allow a safe and memorable experience...More

Thank J_Loughnan
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Staying in neighbouring Tsala on honeymoon we went (literally) across the road to elephant park. Did the tour that leaves every half hour, to feed and interact with the elephants. Absolutely brilliant!! Well organised, guides are hilarious (Davidson and Mac), so knowledgeable! And then the...More

Thank hogiebearie
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Whilst nothing can compare with seeing wild elephants in Kruger or Addo, this elephant santuary is home to rescued or orphaned elephants. One can spend time with the elephants after feeding them. They do spend all their time eating! Their hides are as rough and...More

Thank kaapie62
Reviewed 27 August 2017

If you love elephants and you would like to feed and interact with them, then this park is for you. The handlers and park staff are very informative and friendly.

Thank thomaskL3332GR
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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