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Knysna Elephant Park

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Address: 1km off the N2 Highway between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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+27 44 532 7732
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Founded in 1994, The Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility in South...

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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Good outing.

Did the 'Walking with Elephants' experience and then ended up feeding them.Good fun and would do it again. Be warned shop with loads of elle goodies!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 February 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Did the 'Walking with Elephants' experience and then ended up feeding them.Good fun and would do it again. Be warned shop with loads of elle goodies!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

7am Walk with the Elephants... Our visit lasted over 4 hrs... Elephant Walk Followed by a delicious Cooked Breakfast.. Then Elephant Feeding.. Lots of time to enjoy the experience...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

This is an experience which doesn't com round vey often. Feed the elephants, feel thoir skin have your photo taken with them. It is a great experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

If you want to get up close to an elephant this is the place to go. Well run with great guides and all for a very small price too. If your in the area don't miss it!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Just a short drive up the N2 from Knysna this elephant sanctuary has it all you get to feed the elephants and photo yourself and family with these great beasts. The cafe serves very good refreshments and very reasonable prices. Fab location.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

A fun and hands on learning experience about the endangered African Elephant Well worth the visit even if it is a little hokey

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Not sure what to expect - but felt the urge to see elephants close up - and you couldn't get much closer. We literally walked with elephants! What extraordinary creatures. We had a very knowledgeable guide and learnt a huge amount all fascinating. This is a must do experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Such a special feeling when you stand alongside of these majestic creatures. An experience we will always treasure and never forget. Fantastic staff and service.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Knysna Elephant Park is owned by Ian & Lizette Withers and they love these gentle giants, it shows. All that have visited are privileged to be able to share Lisette's love at close quarters. An interesting DVD is shown before you buy a bucket of food and start a trip to visit Sally, Harry and 11 other rescued pachyderms, living... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

So privileged to be able to get up close to these beautiful creatures. Being able to feed them and touch them added to the wonderful experience. The staff were able to answer all questions with knowledge and humour. Could have spent hours at this amazing caring place where the animals are truly nurtured.

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