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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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nice experience

I found it a nice opportunity to come close to these imposing animals. The guides are involved and... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands
A fantastic education

They really do amazing work at Knysna Elephant Park. The elephants that live there, have either... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Cathie F
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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 6571, South Africa

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

I found it a nice opportunity to come close to these imposing animals. The guides are involved and know a lot of the animals. They will be happy to answer questions asked. If you wish you cab feed the elephants with food that you can...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

They really do amazing work at Knysna Elephant Park. The elephants that live there, have either been rescued from the wild where they wouldn’t have survived or have been born there. We got to feed the elephants with vegetables which they love and the greedy...More

Thank Cathie F
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

This was a lovely way to spend an hour. We took the daily tour, getting to feed and touch the elephants. The guides were on hand at all times to give instruction and allowed plenty of time for everyone in the group to get photos....More

Thank Nell R
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Visited for the hour tour to feed the elephants. Interesting talk at beginning then off to the elephants. Great to be able walk amongst them and feed and touch them. Enjoyed the experience. Would recommend for all ages.

Thank holidaygal58
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Good experience of being very close to elephants and learning more about them. Fun to feed but a bit messy so have hand wipes particularly if you have children with you as it is a ride back to the washrooms.

Thank John A
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

You must go here. Even if you have to drive you have to visit this place. It's magical you will never forget it

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I was terrified of going, but it turned out to be one of the best experiences I have ever had. We had a wonderful tour guide and could feed the Elephants too! Will definitely visit again!

Thank FBWKnysna
Reviewed 14 October 2017

One of the best experiences of my life - very informative and I learned a LOT about conservation and the fort by AERU (African elephant Research Unit) on what they do to ensure the survival of these magnificent animals - left me with a profound...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 13 October 2017

It was amazing to be able to walk around and touch the elephants. I would suggest that anybody who visits Knysna go to the elephant park.

Thank estherd91
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

We stayed in the one of rooms they have. We had a window that overlooked the sleeping quarters of the elephants. There is also a sitting room where you can sit and watch the elephants. The elephants are very used to people, but are still...More

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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for your feedback! We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience at our beautiful Elephant Park. Hope to have you visit us again soon.

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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