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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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Thoroughly enjoyable!

We were told to arrive about half an hour before the visit; I thought that would be for a safety... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2017
Joanne H
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Unbelievable experience

Beautiful facilities, and very nice, knowledgeable staff. An absolute must on the garden route! Was... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Colton M
via mobile
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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 19 September 2017

We were told to arrive about half an hour before the visit; I thought that would be for a safety briefing, but actually it just meant that you ended up buying a coffee and cake in the restaurant. No matter, the coffee was lovely and...More

2  Thank Joanne H
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful facilities, and very nice, knowledgeable staff. An absolute must on the garden route! Was hard to leave at the end of the day.

Thank Colton M
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

We went there with our one year old. The guides did not seem to be very interested in what they were doin, they did not seem to like their jobs. You can buy a bucket to feed the elephants, they'll already wait for you. But...More

Thank RoGina2014
Reviewed 18 September 2017

It is hard to find the words to explain how wonderful this whole trip was. We arrived early afternoon and checked in to a beautiful, cosy room. We then caught the cart down to meet the elephants. Duma told us so much about the elephants...More

Thank Janene-Darren
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Great experience to know more about elephants, feeding, touching and walking with them. Its recommended for children and adults who defiantly would learn a lot about them. Really helpful and kind people who work at the park.

Thank Mar A
Reviewed 14 September 2017

There are no words to describe the feeling to get so close to these amazing animals (and actually have the opportunity to touch and feed them), knowing that they have suffered a lot and now they are being treated well and being looked after properly.

Thank VComper
KnysnaElephant, Marketing Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thank you for visiting us at Knysna Elephant Park. We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with our beautiful elephants. We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

After reading the reviews we were a little anxious. Having visited we felt really good about the place. The elephants have lots of space, clearly are comfortable around people but appear to be treated with respect. As far as interaction with these magnificent creatures, my...More

2  Thank Clocktowerclaire
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

The park is a sanctuary for Elephants. Many information provided and the possibility to feed and have personal contact to the gentle giants is an experience. Very nice!

Thank GerdKrueger
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

A highly recommended open field experience with elephants in their natural habitat. A great elephant rehabilitation and orphanage park that offers hands on experience in the field. Great and knowledgeable handlers. Wonderful experience. Doing a great job protecting wild elephants. Zebras there also.

Thank Stevejlowe
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

It has become a habit for me to read the worst and best reviews of an attraction/ establishment before I write my own review and in the case of the Knysna Elephant Park I really have to give a positive review. I see that many...More

1  Thank Chantelle_vdw
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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