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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
+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

We went with 2 children and we all absolutely loved our experience with the elephants! One down side, would not recommend the restaurant. Definitely worth the money and worth a visit to feed and touch and walk with the elephants, this experience we will not...More

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KnysnaElephant, Marketing Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you and your family enjoyed your visit with us here at The Park! I'm sorry that you were disappointed in our restaurant - I would like to find out more about your experience. Please feel free...More

Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

A great experience and one of the few places you can get up and close to elephants. Very professional outfit. Pricing is for non-locals though. Having smoked pulled pork at the restaurant was a nice find.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Loved this elephant refuge and the chance to feed and walk with the elephants. Was really loooking forward to it and it exceeded expectations. Well run and friendly staff that take great care of the elephants.

Thank Megan80
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

We took our 3 kids and this was an awesome experience for them. It is great because it is not drawn out. The whole experience including a delicious coffee and cake was about 90 minutes which suited us perfectly. We all loved getting so close...More

Thank Paula R
Reviewed 25 December 2017

Fantasic opportunity to get close to these amazing creatures. Dont remember it being that expensive, the guide knew his stuff and was able to answer any questions, and did his best to get us close to the elephants without causing us or them any harm....More

Thank WilsonCW2014
Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

Took the family to see the elephants and we had great fun. The high point was the opportunity to feed and touch the elephants for a good long time. The park had 10 elephants at the time, and some zebras. Very knowledgeable staff. 250 rand...More

Thank foxbat
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Visited for a walk with the elephants. What a lovely place. The experience was great with excellent guides who seem to care deeply for the elephants. The park is very ethically minded and the elephants are in as natural an environment as possible whilst also...More

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KnysnaElephant, Marketing Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with the elephants. We look forward to your next visit to our beautiful Park!

Reviewed 23 December 2017

It was amazing to be able to walk among the elephants out in the open. We were able to pet and feed them. Two obliged us by wallowing in a mud hole and putting on quite a show. The time passed two quickly.

Thank LovesRestaurants2014
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Visited with two young kids aged 5 and 2. We got to feed and touch the elephants and it really was a thrill to be so close to these enormous and beautiful creatures! Our guide was knowledgeable and firm. He told us exactly where to...More

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KnysnaElephant, Marketing Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Thank you for visiting us at the Knysna Elephant Park. We trust your children remember their first experience with the elephants and will want to return again and again!

Reviewed 22 December 2017

Our trip over two days featured scorching heat followed by heavy rain, so our interactions with elephants were minimal, but undoubtedly made it worth the visit. The guide was good, and there are large herds of zebras too. The room was comfortable, and I liked...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
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