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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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Every aspect of this place is excellent, my daughter was scared of the elephant and they encouraged... read more

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mahlatse m
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Best visit ever!

Great place to see and the people are truly helpful. They accommodated us is world class fashion... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Johan W
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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

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Reviewed today via mobile

Every aspect of this place is excellent, my daughter was scared of the elephant and they encouraged her slowly and under stood.

Thank mahlatse m
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place to see and the people are truly helpful. They accommodated us is world class fashion!! Great for families if your children are young! The experience is unreal!!

Thank Johan W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited whilst staying in Knysna. Wanted the opportunity to see elephants close up and we certainly achieved that. A knowledgeable guide takes you in small groups to the large elephant enclosure where you can feed them but they are free to wander off at any...More

Thank Janice196149
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on the way to our hotel. Upon arriving, we made sure we bought tickets that included pails of fruit/veggies to feed the elephants. After a short video on the history of the elephant park, we were shown where the elephants sometimes stay...More

Thank pe4all4
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is definitely worth going to Addo, the scenery is spectacular and the animals especially the elephants are easily seen. Worth taking a game drive with the Park Rangers to go off road and see those animals who inhabit the more obscure parts of the...More

Thank AnonLondon23
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there on a rainy day, which means you really need to wear adequate clothing - you will stand in the rain for half an hour. On arrival you get a bucket with fruits and carrots to feed to the elephants for 50R extra...More

Thank Sarah G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent couple of hours getting up close and personal with the elephants The guides are great and the animals are amazing

Thank justinbx
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first time I came here was in 2003 and I rated it a 5*. With that experience still so fresh in my mind more than 10 years later, I was very keen to take my kids and mother to also experience touching these majestic...More

Thank CelestePienaar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think I will always remember my 3 days here. the best time was had and the rooms were awesome. we stayed in the room overlooking the Elephants enclosure. it was fantastic. Walking with the Elephants in the evening was an experience i will always...More

Thank Derick D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely time visiting the park and getting close to this magnificent animals! We heard interesting facts about the elephants and had a very good experience.

Thank Irit B
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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
14 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