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Address: Diepwalle Forest Station, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Description: 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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Absolutely wonderful experience, elephants gentle and willing as long as a reward is in sight! The orphans are so well cared for and have a comfortable boma in which they sleep... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Bloubergstrand, South Africa
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Bloubergstrand, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Absolutely wonderful experience, elephants gentle and willing as long as a reward is in sight! The orphans are so well cared for and have a comfortable boma in which they sleep. Wilfred, our guide was extremely knowledgable and incredibly witty. One more tick on the bucket list!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

We completed the 7km 'Red' elephant walk in about 2 hours 30 mins at diepwalle forest North of Knysna. Walk was pleasant enough but nothing spectacular and no real points of interest or animals spotted. Given the large array of activities and sights around Knysna we wished we had not bothered with the 13km/20km of slow driving on unpaved roads... More 

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This was a great way to see how the elephant interacts, how the matriarch watches over them all and how they eat and forage.

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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Elephants very well looked after and obviously enjoyed their life here. To touch an Elephant let alone walk with one was incredible. The knowledge of the guide was fantastic and to experience the connection of the Elephant and the ranger was heart warming.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We did the red elephant walk and enjoyed it. It's only 7km, but still took us over two and a half hours. It's quite steep in places. We didn't really see much wildlife - never mind elephants! - but still enjoyed the walk.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Needed to burn off calories and did the 9 km walk, permit cost 20 rand (£1.20). Followed elephant markers. Took a lot longer than anticipated so allow 3-4 hours and take food and water. The famous big tree is jus that ie a big tree. Saw velvet monkeys and a few birds. Lots of excellent plants, insects and fungi.

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

@mcgWe did the regular tour and had the chance to feed and touch the elephants. An amazing opportunity to get up close to elephant and watch how they clean the soil off their food by shaking it against their tusks. So clever!

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Your chance to see some of the little remaining of South Africa's subtropical forest. You are unlikely to see an elephant, but you will be ancient giant Yellowwood trees, We saw many beautiful plants, including many types of ferns and mushrooms. There were birds, millipedes, frogs, etc. Visited Sept 2011.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

A bit out of the way. Good selection of farm produce with home made jams etc but were a bit pricy. Lunch in the restaurant was good although service lacked smiles and was on the slow side. Food ok but again rather expensive for for what was on offer. Wheelchair friendly though there are some areas which may pose a... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had a great time hiking the 7km White Elephant Walk. The trail itself was pretty well maintained, with only a few downed branches to sneak around/over. It was totally isolated and beautiful - we didn't see a single other person on the trail the entire time we were out there, and loved the isolation and natural beauty. Don't expect... More 

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Address: Diepwalle Forest Station, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna

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