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Address: Diepwalle Forest Station, Knysna 6570, South Africa

The well-known Elephant Walk at Diepwalle starts and ends at the Diepwalle...

The well-known Elephant Walk at Diepwalle starts and ends at the Diepwalle Forest Station, the "Mecca" of the Knysna forests. The walk offers a number of route options (7km, 8km & 9km). The area is regularly visited by the Knysna elephants but the chance of sighting of these animals is very slight. Currently there are only one elephant left in the forest. The trails are open between 6h00 and 18h00

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Incredibly Interesting walk with information from a World Expert

After meeting up with Elephant and Lion expert Gareth Patterson, we explored where the secret elephants walk. Gareth's knowledge of fauna, flora, birding, elephants and the wild... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Jenny W
Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After meeting up with Elephant and Lion expert Gareth Patterson, we explored where the secret elephants walk. Gareth's knowledge of fauna, flora, birding, elephants and the wild in general is extremely interesting. He used to work with George Adamson's lions and spent many years in Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia and Zimbabwe with Lions. What should have been a few hour... More 

Thank Jenny W
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is designed to allow injured or dislocated elephants recover and socialize. They let you interact,but allow the animals freedom. This lets you see the elephants perform normal actions and describe the need for the actions in the wild. You will get dirty, so dress appropriately.

Thank Brent L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Nice happening with 7 elephants you can feed and touch and walk together with excellent guides. The guides do a great job explaining and the elephants can really walk fast

Thank Simon B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

We had a great experience with my family in particular my daughter who's studying vet so it was her dream event in South Africa. All well organized and our guides were very kind and knowledgeable.

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Did two of the 3routes which all link together- black and white take about 4hours in total. We managed to do them backwards somehow but was a gorgeous walk although being out of the sunlight it can get chilly. A couple of picnic spots if you take a pack lunch and you can drink the spring water along the way.... More 

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

Nice walk through the forest. Plants are dense with true Knysna trees. Heard lots of birds but didn't see any other wild life. There is a lovely picnic spot. Everything was clean and well kept.

1 Thank Elizabeth B
Nantwich, Cheshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Spent a happy few hours with the rescued ellies here just outside the town of Knysna. Fun for everyone, and great to get up close and personal with these amazing animals. You can feed them, then watch them in thir pool playing. lots of good keepers who can answer all your questions. These animals are not for breeding, but have... More 

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

Wonderful walks through the forest, lovely picnic spot and toilets. No elephants to be seen except signs on trees to mark the trails. Some reviews posted belong to the Knysna Elephant park.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

nice walk though meandering forrest and tracks. The route we were on (white elephant) crossed a small burn, so care should be taken as the rocks were a little slippy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

This was an amazing experience. As you walk with elephants they hug you with their trunk! We got to feed them and take loads of great photos. Wouldn't have missed it

1 Thank dorothy m

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