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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
+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

We loved spending time with our big friends. Absolutely worth the money. The work the Knysna Elephant park does for these animals are exceptional. I will definitely go back

Thank Etienne P
KnysnaElephant, Marketing Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for coming to visit our beautiful elephants! We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience at our Park!

Reviewed 8 January 2018

Knysna Elephant Park is very well organised and maintained! You go into Reception area and there are boards showing you the prices for the different types of tours available. Once you go through, the park ranger guides you and the group through how the park...More

Thank Stormtru12
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

The Park gives one a great opportunity to know about elephants and their habits. It’s fun to feed them and one can buy the feeding basket while buying the tickets. The place also has a lot of zebras and the surroundings are very green. It’s...More

Thank AradhanaVerma
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

An opportunity to be up close with these magnificent animals and hopefully contribute in some way to their preservation. Go and do it and support them.

Thank Roger P
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

It was a great day outing. To take photos and selfies of the elephants was great. You also got to feed the elephants.

Thank Fuad D
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Although we already saw elefanta in Kruger park, this was very different and worth it. The work they do there is order to help the elefanta seems very important and it was nice to know that by going there and paying the entrance you help...More

Thank Tamar B
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

A little shorter than I expected, but still great being with the elephants. Restaurant not up to standard though, slow service and quality not good.

Thank Roy v
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Is verry lovely, and ist not a tourist trap, and the person they work with a lot of passion.... ist every time interessting to have a small group and the time to discuss with them.

Thank Marcel B
Reviewed 2 January 2018

We went with 2 children and we all absolutely loved our experience with the elephants! One down side, would not recommend the restaurant. Definitely worth the money and worth a visit to feed and touch and walk with the elephants, this experience we will not...More

Thank teamvisser2014
KnysnaElephant, Marketing Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you and your family enjoyed your visit with us here at The Park! I'm sorry that you were disappointed in our restaurant - I would like to find out more about your experience. Please feel free...More

Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

A great experience and one of the few places you can get up and close to elephants. Very professional outfit. Pricing is for non-locals though. Having smoked pulled pork at the restaurant was a nice find.

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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