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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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+27 44 532 7732
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited early in the morning and were fortunate that our tour was small... I suggest if visiting you get there by 9ish!! We were taken on a truck out to meet the elephants after having purchased some food to feed to them! It was...More

Thank Margaret B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an opportunity to get up close to these amazing creatures. The park is predominantly for rehabilitating elephants and they have free access to roam although they are obviously used to crowds visiting especially when they see the food buckets! You get a short information...More

Thank Sue S
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

If you like Elephants, you will absolutely love the place - you arrive in a tractor with fruit buckets and you can see the Elephants approach the feeding point as soon as they hear the tractor noise. It’s amazing how close you get to these...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Fantastic !!! Only word to describe the incredible men and women who run this park. Also very affordable much cheaper than other less attractive experiences around the area and the Ellie’s purify ones soul.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Getting the chance to not only meet elephants, but to feed them, walk with them and touch them was an experience of a lifetime. These poor creatures were once destined for death but were rescued and now live here, able to move around as they...More

Thank Sarah M
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

What a wonderful place. Orphaned elephants are taken in and cared for. We did the elephant walk. I wasn't keen on the ride offered. The walk was brilliant, talk about getting up close to my favourite animals. The rangers were very informative and we really...More

Thank lilywhite107
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

This park gives you an up close experience to elephants. You can buy as many buckets of food as you like and are then taken to see the elephants. First you can feed them out of your hands and then you can get closer up...More

Thank T10Tom
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

While we were concerned about a recent issue regarding animal rights here- we were happy to see that they are no longer offering elephant rides that create great harm to elephants. (People shouldn’t ride elephants) To be able to walk among elephants and zebras and...More

1  Thank Robin D
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

I would highly recommend this park to ANYONE. Meeting and touching the elephants in the wide open expanse of the park was "bucket list" stuff. The staff handled the whole experience professionally and with good humour. YOU MUST DO THIS IF YOU ARE IN THE...More

Thank patonga_man
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit. The tour was very organized and you had loads of time to feed and visit with these beautiful elephants. Our family loved this visit and if we are in South Africa again, we all agree we would go...More

Thank mdpkit
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Peter R
12 March 2018|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Peter R Only 2 of our rooms have windows looking into our boma, but all of our rooms are connected to a communal lounge area which overlooks the elephants sleeping quaters. I hope this helps :) Kind Regards The Knysna... More
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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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