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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 11 March 2018

Unique experience being able to feed and pat such huge semi wild beasts. The rangers are very safety conscious. Plenty of photo opportunities. Not cheap but something very justified for conservation purposes. Very well done presentation area at the beginning with some very sad stories...More

Thank 367liz
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

This is what it is, an elephant "sanctuary" where you can get close up to these magnificent animals. Yes it is a tourist spot, but the staff (Mac) were very knowledgeable on the subject matter. Many people appear to go out feed the animals and...More

Thank Bryster_T
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

I have to admit that I was skeptical that I would enjoy going to Knysna Elephant Park and thought it would be too touristy/ exploitative of the elephants. However, I found it to be a well-maintained and run experience that is respectful of these majestic...More

Thank michelskt
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

I stayed at the lodge in the grounds ,note this was not a seperate lodge more rooms of various sizes in one building . the room we stayed in was for 4 ppl our room overlooked the boma (where the elephants have a choice to...More

Thank Yj158
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

When arriving, you're greeted by a visitor center full of elephant related information and the history of the park. You can purchase food there to feed the elephants later on the tour. From there, you're taken by a guide out to a vehicle which takes...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

After reading the various reviews here, we were a bit deterred by some of the negative reviews and almost decided not to visit the Knysna Elephant Park. But our visit was excellent and we were more than happy with our experience. The two ladies at...More

Thank Jeff M
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The sanctuary provides an educational and extremely professional up close encounter with African elephants. The facilities are excellent, the guides knowledgeable and friendly, and the property itself has stunning views of the surrounding forest and mountains.

Thank . E
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Knysna offered a chance to get close to elephants safely. Yes the elephants are trained to come for the snacks visitors give them but it is so cool to be up close and personal with them. Our guide gave us lots of really good info....More

Thank Janet H
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful day watching, walking, touching the elephants. FANWELL our guide looked after us well. VERY attentive and knowledgeable about the elephants

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Very well done but these very intelligent animals perform for the tipbits making it more of a show then we and I think the park would like.

Thank stevewd2015
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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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