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Knysna Elephant Park

#3 of 76 things to do in Knysna Features Animals
1km off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6570, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732
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100% recommend

Such a lovely place to visit, elephants roam freely, you can walk and pet them but they are not... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
Kilbride, Ireland
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A Mammoth Experience!

Wonderful time spent at KEP, super professional and amazing atmosphere. Interact with elephants... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
Andrea V
Cape Town, Western Cape, 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 6570, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Such a lovely place to visit, elephants roam freely, you can walk and pet them but they are not forced to do anything, if they don't want people around they just walk away, lovely experience

Thank suzieq0310
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Wonderful time spent at KEP, super professional and amazing atmosphere. Interact with elephants, feed them, walk with them, stroke and hug them. Our guide, Ndyebo, was out of this world cool and you could see and feel that he loved his job. We experienced special...More

Thank Andrea V
Reviewed 18 May 2017

A visit to this elephant park is a must. The guides are professional and really knowledgeable. The stars of the show are the elephants. Able to touch and feel them under the watchful eyes of the guides. A very special experience.

Thank jenjub
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

What an amazing tour, for kids, for adults, for elderly, for everybody! The tour starts with a short video, where they explain the purpose of the reserve, how the elephants ended up there. Really interesting to know the place's history. Then the guide showed the...More

Thank Poly_Rafa
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

This is a must you can feed them and touch them .This is a great afternoon out. And also walk with them.plenty of parking.

Thank Trevor M
Reviewed 14 May 2017

I loved the experience of being right close to the Elephants. Feeding and touching these animals is amazing.

Thank Peter G
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We visited the Park with our two kids 8 and 5 yrs. They were so excited to be so close and were able to feed them. We then were able to break off into small groups and walk with an Elephant and spend time touching...More

Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 12 May 2017

This place is the real deal. The elephants are not broken and all the workers are doing a great job. We learned so much and had fantastic close encounters.

Thank infoT4321UX
Reviewed 10 May 2017

This is a good-fun experience where you can get close to, and feed, these wonderful animals. The staff are very interesting and knowledgeable

Thank 758patrick
Reviewed 8 May 2017

The manager was very rude, racist i will not visit that place again. she is lack of customer care. I will not advise anyone to visit that place .it is expensive as well and not attractingMore

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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Good morning Myandisa Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We take situations like yours very seriously and would like to communicate with you more and find out who on our staff treated you so badly please. My email address is: marketing@knysnaelephantpark.co.za Please contact...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
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