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Knysna Elephant Park
Ranked #3 of 78 things to do in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
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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 17 April 2017 via mobile

We booked a 2 hour tour at first to get our bearings. Saw a lot of animals. Decided to go on our own the next day which was stunning! Saw elefants, lots of Zebras, the whole works! Great place!

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

The staff and park were incredible , the rangers knowledge was second to none.
All the work for the safety and return of elephants to natural habit .
What a great way to spend an afternoon.
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Tour lasts an hour. Went for breakfast first which was good. You can touch and feed the elephants and have photo taken and buy them at the end. It was 275 rand. Worth doing once

Thank woodyManchester
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our holiday. Wilfred our guide walked us up to several elephants where our entire family touched and stricken different parts of the amazing animals. We had many photo opportunities as well as feeding the elephants by hand.

Thank NicolasBlank
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

This was a great stop on our trip! The whole experience was very well managed and allowed us all direct contact with the elephants. The kids thought it was fantastic and so did all the adults! The guides were friendly and nice and they took great care with the elephants and guests. We stayed for a couple of hours, including lunch at the cafe. The food was very good and the outdoor seating area is very comfortable and cozy place to relax.

Thank KristinaRowe
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