Elephant Walk

Elephant Walk, Knysna: Address, Phone Number, Elephant Walk Reviews: 4.5/5

Elephant Walk
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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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CGSFormby
Cumbria, UK1,289 contributions
Couples
Wonderful walks through the forest, lovely picnic spot and toilets. No elephants to be seen except signs on trees to mark the trails.
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Written March 5, 2016
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RubyTuesdayDevon
Devon73 contributions
Friends
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.
Written November 9, 2014
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Gaurav M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States16 contributions
Couples
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 much from the "tea garden" at the trail head - it's a tiny restaurant with only a few options - but if you bring your own snacks and water you can have a lovely afternoon hiking in the forest.
Written April 2, 2014
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marc l
Chepstow, UK153 contributions
The facility is well laid out, you get a nice introductory video and the go by tractor to the elephants. The feeding was fun and we were very close and patted the elephants which was lovely but then we sort of just stood around, we didnt walk anywhere. After half an hour we were trasported back. The cause is very worthy and we were glad we paid to go but I would have liked just a little more
Written February 16, 2020
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Howlett U
London, UK40 contributions
Couples
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 (distance depends on route) and R60 per person fee payable to the national park office for a permit.

Compared to other (very good) national parks, there was no information, no real work done to maintain trails, and poor quality maps.

In summary, do not waste time here....go enjoy the many better activities available!
Written April 29, 2015
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gazzpenn
Maldon, UK44 contributions
Family
Elephants seemed happy and well looked after, although the area where they were kept seemed small in comparison to their size. I had mixed feelings about the elephants doing 'tricks' however the keepers did seem to genuinely care about them.
Written October 16, 2015
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Stefan H
Königstein im Taunus, Germany39 contributions
Solo
Nice happening with 7 elephants you can feed and touch and walk together with excellent guides. The guides do a great job explaining and the elephants can really walk fast
Written November 23, 2016
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JulietteHodges
Suffolk, UK85 contributions
Did two of the 3routes which all link together- black and white take about 4hours in total. We managed to do them backwards somehow but was a gorgeous walk although being out of the sunlight it can get chilly. A couple of picnic spots if you take a pack lunch and you can drink the spring water along the way. Bit of a slow drive from knysna as its a dirt track for the last 10km but if you have a 4x4 you'll be fine!
Written April 23, 2016
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Elizabeth B
Johannesburg, South Africa1,670 contributions
Couples
Nice walk through the forest. Plants are dense with true Knysna trees. Heard lots of birds but didn't see any other wild life. There is a lovely picnic spot. Everything was clean and well kept.
Written April 8, 2016
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PoppySue F
Nantwich, Cheshire, UK396 contributions
Spent a happy few hours with the rescued ellies here just outside the town of Knysna. Fun for everyone, and great to get up close and personal with these amazing animals. You can feed them, then watch them in thir pool playing. lots of good keepers who can answer all your questions. These animals are not for breeding, but have been rescued from culls, and poaching, and are being looked after properly now.
Written March 16, 2016
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