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“Great Elephant habitat”

Knysna Elephant Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed 8 March 2017

The elephants have a vast area to roam but as visitors are persuaded to purchase containers with food for the elephants they always turn up and they are all animals that have been born in the park or salvaged from poor environments so they are very tame and good sports also the have zebras

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Hil-Harv
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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We went here as a family of three with a toddler and it was a great afternoon.

Entry was around £18 and a bucket of food was around £3, which in my opinion was very good value.

We went for the basic experience, which was perfect and included feeding, touching and walking with these wonderful animals. It really was magical.

There's also a nice restaurant and gift shop on site.

Highly recommended

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank StuBud
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Highly recommended and the chance to get some hands on elephant experiences feeding, walking and learning about these beautiful animals

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

We went twice, so pleased we did. First time excellent for me because I was booked to ride an elephant. However, friends who weren't riding really didn't get long and really felt for them. However, we went back when no rides were due to take place and there were fewer people. This time, excellent. The guides are helpful and really know their elephants, far better experience this time.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

On arrival you get your ticket and purchase a small bucket of fruit to feed the elephants with. You are transported in a tractor with other couples to a large area where the elephants hang out. You then have the chance to feed the elephants, after that you can actually stand next to them and stroke them. It was a really lovely feeling being so close, they were so tame and the guide told you all about their history and took photos for you if needed would definately recommend a visit.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank angelaiddles
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