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Knysna Elephant Park

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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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Walk with elephants!

Whilst nothing can compare with seeing wild elephants in Kruger or Addo, this elephant santuary is... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
via mobile
A superb and remarkable experience

If you love elephants and you would like to feed and interact with them, then this park is for you... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
Brisbane, Australia
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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 6570, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Whilst nothing can compare with seeing wild elephants in Kruger or Addo, this elephant santuary is home to rescued or orphaned elephants. One can spend time with the elephants after feeding them. They do spend all their time eating! Their hides are as rough and...More

Thank kaapie62
Reviewed 27 August 2017

If you love elephants and you would like to feed and interact with them, then this park is for you. The handlers and park staff are very informative and friendly.

Thank thomaskL3332GR
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the close encounter with the resident elephants. Staff is friendly and informative. The animals seem well cared for and appear to have sufficient space to roam despite being captive.

Thank moju72
Reviewed 18 August 2017

you will learn a lot , have a camera ready , an amazing close contact with elephants and feeding session is great an enjoyable experience for the whole family next time we will book for a ride on the elephants

Thank Osama K
Reviewed 18 August 2017

What a lovely way to spend a few hours. Getting so close to the elephants and feeding and touching them was just amazing. Its a great way to learn about them, and would highly recommend it.

Thank Katie W
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Just to tell that I just make this visit because of the insistence of my wife and kids. But when you see face to face these big animals and touch them, is an unbeliever experience, our guide (I think that his name was Madi) was...More

1  Thank fdescampos
Reviewed 17 August 2017

a really lovely place, we booked the walk with elephants but honestly don't bother just do the normal tour you get better interaction with the elephants and better photos as well, you can feed them and the staff answers your questions. we had some Food...More

Thank V_2020
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We spent an evening in Kysna, our living room overlooking the elephants in their boma - it was surreal! They snore a bit too. One young volunteer was investigating how the elephants reacted to music - unfortunately the CD player wouldn't work, but we understand...More

Thank christinelandi
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Feeding the elephants was a great experience. Travel through gravel around 1 km get to the place. Good guide. Lovely moments spent.

Thank Ritesh_Boochia
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We booked this tour before we even arrived in South Africa as we booked the elephant back rides and didn't want to miss out on the opportunity. I was sceptical about this as I wasn't sure about the condition of the animals or how they...More

Thank snsimmy23
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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