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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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Absolutely amazing

From start to finish this was a touching, beautiful experience. Well laid out, informative and well... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Amazing experience walking with giants

The elephant park was a great addition to our trip. We were nervous at first about the treatment of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1km Off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed yesterday

From start to finish this was a touching, beautiful experience. Well laid out, informative and well worth it. The interaction is on the elephants terms, nothing showy or staged. The animals enjoy the interaction and relish the treats. The guides were excellent - especially EDISON...More

Thank conwaycleaves
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The elephant park was a great addition to our trip. We were nervous at first about the treatment of the elephants as you hear horror stories at similar places, however, when we arrived the handlers and staff had the upmost respect for the animals and...More

Thank Sam B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a Amazing experince to interact with the Gaints of africa! Wow! The guids are well trained and very professional! Need to visit this place, still can't believe I fed a elephant!

Thank 112tiaanl
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a fantastic adventure, wonderfully controlled by a very knowledgeable staff, we feed these giants and then we're able to enjoy a one to one experience with the help of a guide and to stroke and learn about the fantastic animals, it is ideal if...More

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 5 days ago

I was very excited to book the room here and getting to see the elephant in their hide, relaxing etc… Unfortunately the reality is not quite what it was set to be. We arrived the park at 3 am, made the payment and was shown...More

Thank AmAme
Reviewed 6 days ago

You get to feed elephants, touch them and walk with them. If you love animals, you cannot miss this! And all for admission price of 300 rand which I think is great value.

Thank raypierce
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One on the best experiences of my life - can't praise this place high enough, never thought I would feed an elephant let alone touch one, our guide, Welcome, lived up to his name. Loved it loved it loved it!!!

Thank Diner56
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having had an amazing walk with a cheetah the day before we were really looking forward to this trip. However the weather took a turn for the worst and we ventured out in the pouring rain. The guide kept telling me to stop taking photos...More

Thank Maxxymax
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an experience to see and interact with these animals up close, to touch and feed them : magic & the handlers were very knowledgable

Thank Rita & Tommy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently visited the Elephant Park. Amazing experience. The staff were well-informed, very friendly and helpful. Got to feed and touch the elephants. Worth booking to ride them too. An experience we will always remember.

Thank JChineaRodriguez
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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
15 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