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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 2 April 2018

Spent several hours here interacting with the elephants. We were allowed to feed them some fruit and they interact very closely with you on their terms.

Thank lewisswansea
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This is an excellent Elephant sanctuary which began with a vision to save 2 elephants which were renamed Harry and Sally and has developed over a number of years. We went for the afternoon walk with the current 10 elephants - which started with a...More

Thank PeterCharon
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was one experience both my wife and I will never forget. To walk and interact with the elephants was truly amazing and if you ever get chance do not hesitate. Its worth the money.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We went for an early morning elephant walk, at this place which claims to be a sanctuary. I love elephants and was excited at the prospect of feeding them and getting up close and personal with them. Although I do not doubt that they were...More

Thank JustJo26
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KnysnaElephant, Public Relations Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Dear Valued Guest The Knysna Elephant Park has never represented itself as being an “elephant sanctuary” but rather as an Elephant Park where happy, healthy and well-cared-for elephants have found a safe home, and where humans are able to interact with them in a responsible...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Just an amazing adventure were you discover a lot about elephants, what the men do to then positive and negative and how they interact with them. Walking next to them and feeding them is something I will never forget.

Thank Pau F
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

It is so nice to see how the tour guides have such passion for their jobs and so much compassion for the animals. Well informed guides and professionalism is definitely top priority at Knysna Elephant park. So much fun and excitement all in one place!...More

Thank nicolenelouw01
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Its orgenized tour with instructors .you can buy a bucket with food to the elephants. Tour starts every half an hour from the desk with guides and volanteers from the park.

Thank Orit B
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

We visited the park to do the feeding and walking with the elephant experience - it was so wonderful and a memory we will never forget!! We booked with quite late notice but were still able to get a spot. You start by learning a...More

Thank EmilyBolton0405
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

What a privilege it was to be so close to such beautiful animals - so well looked after by their human friends! Definitely going back!!

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Visited for 2 days did a self drive, roads were good. saw loads of elephant, dung beetle, tortoise, birds, kudu & red hartebeest buck, but no lion. Water situation is bad, watering holes are empty anyway I would recommend the visit. We did not stay...More

Thank Jilly165
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nelly071
6 May 2018|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Nelly071 Yes you can, you can go on to our website, and click on "book at the elephant lodge' in the top left hand corner. Skip step 1 and click on step 2 (Room Type) - that is where you can choose which activity you... More
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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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