I spent a day at KEP last summer and it was the highlight of my trip to SA. I've been an ellie fan all my life and am lucky enough to see them in the Game Parks of SA every year when I visit family, but until my visit to KEP I had never had the opportunity to be up close and personal! It was a day I will never forget ... the elephants were out in the park when we arrived and yes, they know that the sound of the tractor means visitors and possibly a fruit feed so they all line up, but once the excitement of fruit or lack of (!) has passed they do whatever they want wherever they want. They are not restricted in their movement around the park, merely followed, at a distance. We were allowed to spend as long as we wanted with them and the ellies were extremely accommodating and seemed to want to spend a lot of time with us which was amazing. Their guides were extremely knowledgeable and willing to share this knowledge. The experience of "petting" such an incredible animal is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life and the next time I am in the Cape Town area, this is somewhere I want to return. An incredible day and a place I would recommend to any elephant lover for the experience of a lifetime.
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