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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
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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 4 weeks ago

If you are up for a close encounter with the elephants go to Knysna Elephant Park. Here you can get really close to the elephants, and even feed them with fruit and vegetables. The animals seem to be happy and to be threated very well....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I lovely way to spend a few hours, feeding the elephants then walking around the field with them & the guide learning about the elephants different temperaments and the lives they have led.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to visit the park on a rainy day and it was well worth it. It was great to interact with the animals and to feed them. The trainers were well informed, their English of high standard and they were very friendly and helpful....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been disappointed to be honest. There is a walking tour with the elephants that we booked. You are quite in a big group to start with together with people who just do a short tour plus the people doing the ride. First you...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This amazing place is very special. Learn all about elephants and see the wonderful and friendly staff in action. The history of the park is well documented, and the exhibits at the reception area are excellent. Sleep in the elephant lodge and observe these giants...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Being from the UK, I’ve only ever seen elephants in a zoo. The elephants were always in an enclosure some distance away and I always thought it must be a bit depressing being an elephant living there. The contrast between those conditions and those at...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

I am still blown away by our experience here. The love, care and respect these elephants receive from their handlers is so clear to see. Quite recently zebras have come to live here too, there were even some newly born zebras. We arrived very early...More

Thank S A D
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Only R290 ($23) per person for going for a walk with the elephants and feeding them and taking loads of photos with them. If you would like to you could stay there for a whole day once your in by the elephants. There are rides...More

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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

So lovely being so close up to such large beautiful elephants, such a great and thrilling experience.

Thank Devon P
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

We were welcomed with open arms at the Elephant Park and it was sincere and true, Elephants seem happy and there are zero signs of abuse. Great experience and would most certainly recommend

Thank Jason B
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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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