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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
1km Off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Being from the UK, I’ve only ever seen elephants in a zoo. The elephants were always in an enclosure some distance away and I always thought it must be a bit depressing being an elephant living there. The contrast between those conditions and those at...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I am still blown away by our experience here. The love, care and respect these elephants receive from their handlers is so clear to see. Quite recently zebras have come to live here too, there were even some newly born zebras. We arrived very early...More

Thank S A D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Only R290 ($23) per person for going for a walk with the elephants and feeding them and taking loads of photos with them. If you would like to you could stay there for a whole day once your in by the elephants. There are rides...More

Thank Chrisinda M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So lovely being so close up to such large beautiful elephants, such a great and thrilling experience.

Thank Devon P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were welcomed with open arms at the Elephant Park and it was sincere and true, Elephants seem happy and there are zero signs of abuse. Great experience and would most certainly recommend

Thank Jason B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the 1 hour tour where you can interact with the elephants, feed them and touch them. They teach you a lot about the elephants, about their habits and also they teach about the elephants they have on the park. The elephants are free....More

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KnysnaElephant, Marketing Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so pleased you enjoyed visiting us at The Knysna Elephant Park! We look forward to welcoming you again at your next visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I visited Knsyna elephant park twice during our travels along the garden route. We'd already been to Addo elephant park and done the Addo elephant back safari (which was phenomenal see my reviews of it) so had high expectations and hopes for...More

Thank Shareen A
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an easy recommendation if you've ever wanted to walk with a herd of elephants, close enough to touch them and feed them in an open enclosure, as that's basically the whole of the experience, which was fantastic for us. You can ask the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You cannot believe how amazing this elephant trip is, and it is so not pricy for a trip like this. The elephants are well like looked after, and they eat the lushes grass surrounding them. You also get a bucket of food to feed the...More

Thank Max V
KnysnaElephant, Marketing Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your positive feedback - we are pleased that you had such a great time visiting our beautiful elephants.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a tour to see and feed the elephants. A great up close personal experience. The park was clean, well organised with enthusiastic and knowledgable staff. Thoroughly enjoyed it .

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KnysnaElephant, Marketing Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your visit to our Park. So pleased you had a great experience with our Ellies!

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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