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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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Wonderful and unforgettable

The experience was truly amazing and was incredible. Our grandchildren enjoyed the elephants and... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2017
Romsey, Hampshire

this visit was so informative. i have a totally different impression of elephents now. after... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Gauteng, 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 13 June 2017

The experience was truly amazing and was incredible. Our grandchildren enjoyed the elephants and have been back to tell their school class all about the amazing time in the park.

Thank Rich-cherry
Reviewed 11 June 2017

this visit was so informative. i have a totally different impression of elephents now. after attempting to feed them( i am a bang-brook) i watched as they went from person to person collecting food. these big beauties are totally underestimated. very intelligent species

Thank 550dianel
Reviewed 9 June 2017

i visited Knysna elephant park with my partner in May 2017. we felt the animals were very wary of the keepers sticks and were un settled as tourists are taken across the fields to feed them every half hour. the elephants do not relax because...More

4  Thank clairep534
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Well signposted, professionally run, pleasant guides, AWESOME elephants, great photo opportunities, modern cafe with great coffee!! A must for locals and international guests.

Thank Gavin J
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Feeding the elephants at the park is among my best experiences ever. Getting that close to these gorgeous giants is awe-inspiring. And the staff at the park are pretty impressive too. We chose to go on one of the daily tours where you're taken by...More

1  Thank Alfie S
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Probably one of the best experiences we will ever have!! My wife and I enjoyed a 730 morning walk with the elephants during our recent holiday in SA. We had been apprehensive to go in May as it was heading into Winter, but the temperatures...More

Thank Ian D
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Being so close to the elephants was amazing! Feeding and walking with them incredible. Wonderful morning - thank you!

Thank Christine J
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Any visitor to Knysna Elephant Park with a little understanding of natural elephant behavior and a bit of intuition can clearly see that the elephants are intimidated and fearful of the "guides." I paid R290 for the "Be touched by an elephant tour" and buckets...More

13  Thank sweetpea1008
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Couldn't have been any better! Staff were great, elephants were beautiful - even though they clearly know the routine of trucks coming with new tourists with feeding buckets!

Thank sallyf923
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

When we went there we though it will be a real safari ! The trip starts in a room, where the introduce so info that they only have 7 orphan elephants Then you ride a vehicle to the elephant! Where you feed them and then...More

Thank Alia A
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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