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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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What a treat!

This Park does a nice job at connecting visitors with these magnificent animals. You are... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Calgary, Canada
Just a little disappointing

We visited 3 years ago and you interacted far more with the elephants. Once they were fed this... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Yeovil, United Kingdom
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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 19 April 2017

This Park does a nice job at connecting visitors with these magnificent animals. You are transported down to a feeding area where, if you purchased a bucket of food, you are paired up with an elephant to feed. Then, you get some close-up and photo...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017

We visited 3 years ago and you interacted far more with the elephants. Once they were fed this time, we were given a short time to take pictures with the elephants, after which we were taken away to see the zebras (they were disinterested and...More

KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Dear Valued Guest We are saddened to hear that you did not have the experience of a lifetime that we strive to achieve. Our experiences are usually a minimum of an hour in duration with both our front office ladies and the guides telling guests...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We booked a 2 hour tour at first to get our bearings. Saw a lot of animals. Decided to go on our own the next day which was stunning! Saw elefants, lots of Zebras, the whole works! Great place! 😎

Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

The staff and park were incredible , the rangers knowledge was second to none. All the work for the safety and return of elephants to natural habit . What a great way to spend an afternoon. Thanks

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Tour lasts an hour. Went for breakfast first which was good. You can touch and feed the elephants and have photo taken and buy them at the end. It was 275 rand. Worth doing once

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our holiday. Wilfred our guide walked us up to several elephants where our entire family touched and stricken different parts of the amazing animals. We had many photo opportunities as well as feeding the elephants by hand.

Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

This was a great stop on our trip! The whole experience was very well managed and allowed us all direct contact with the elephants. The kids thought it was fantastic and so did all the adults! The guides were friendly and nice and they took...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017

walking between the elephants and feeding them was a very nice and unique experience! Also the rangers who are with you are very kind and answer every question you have. I had the feeling they respect the elephants and take good care of them. It...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017

We had a wonderful time walking with the elephants, so quiet and moving being so close to these gentle giants. I would definitely recommend the walking experience, as you can be really close to them and interact during the walk. Also it is way more...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017

This place exceeded all our expectations. We spent time feeding the elephants , then approx 20 minutes walking with the elephants accompanied by our guide. We had plenty of time to have photos taken , whilst our guide ,Elliott told us everything there is to...More

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Questions & Answers
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