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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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Unbelievable experience

One of the best experiences of my life - very informative and I learned a LOT about conservation... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Chris B
Cape Town
Great experience

It was amazing to be able to walk around and touch the elephants. I would suggest that anybody who... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2017
Cape Town, 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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1km Off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6571, South Africa

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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.

Reviewed 9 October 2017

Originally mostly orphaned elephants, the animals are used to human contact & it's possible to get within touching distance whilst feeding them.

Thank John H
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Rude staff. Racists. Elephants did not seem well treated.  Wish I had never visited this place.

Thank angie_M_1536
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Woke up and decided to visit the Knysna Elephant Park. The park exceeded ALL expectations and staff is VERY professional, friendly and very funny at times. Staff are well trained and handles the Big Feet (Elephants) with great care! Was such an AMAZING experience, can...More

Thank hotelhurdygurdy
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Special experience to come this close to the elephants. Had the opportunity to feed the elephants (good idea to buy the bucket of food) as well as touch them. Kids loved it

Thank HQtraveller
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

We loved loved loved. They have Accom too which has a lounge area overlooking the eles sleeping stable (it's huge!). We didn't stay but if we'd have known about it we would have. It looked fab! Tour was great. Guides very knowledgeable and lovely. Eles...More

Thank THGS1610
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

We stayed overnight for 2 nights in the lodge on our honeymoon. The lodge was very nice and being that close to elephants was amazing. We had a morning experience which involved touching the elephants and walking with them, there are guides around which helps...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Very interesting to see these animals so closely and great for children to have the chance to feed them.Mixed feelings about the animals being out of their natural habitat. Various options to spend time with the elephants and quite expensive for even the cheapest package.

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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