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Knysna Elephant Park

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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...more
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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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All reviews these gentle giants fruit these magnificent animals love elephants elephant experience orphaned elephants short video close encounter an amazing experience take pictures once in a lifetime garden route bucket feed ellies ride herd
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

These amazing animals are so close, being able to feed them, walk with them & touch them was a privilege. Don't visit Knysnsa without dropping in! !

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sandra M
Reviewed 5 days ago

The experience involves being taken in a minibus to a steel railing. The elephants assemble on the other side to be hand-fed from buckets of food sold by the park. After feeding the elephants wander off at will, watched by the rangers but if one...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Roy L
Reviewed 5 days ago

This elephant park has rescue elephants. After a short video, small groups of people are driven out to where the elephants are. Be sure to buy a couple of buckets of food. You have the opportunity to feed these magnificent elephants. You have 30 minutes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Linda B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, an amazing opportunity to be very close to the majestic elephants. This is not a wildlife or safari park but an elephant sanctuary where they are very accustomed to being around people including children. You get to go feed them and then for an...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank EdFamily121
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Magical experience you won't easily have at another place. A must do for everyone especially to gain respect for all animals and nature.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Liezel v
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked an overnight stay in the lodge beside the elephant Boma. This was an awesome experience seeing them coming in for the night and being able to watch them. We had booked the morning walk and breakfast picnic. This was amazing just even walking...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok so we visited hear and whilst I appreciate it maybe a conservation project I didn’t see much evidence as bus loads of tourists arrive every half hour, are driven to the elephants and purchase buckets of food for which the elephants line up to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your constructive feedback…we appreciate guests taking the time to give us their opinions. It really does help us maintain our standards, especially during summer season (November, December, January and February), which are some of our busiest months. November can be very busy...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing morning. Booked the early morning walk with elephants. Approx $70 aud pp. Included a morning walk with the elephants before the park opens, breakfast at the cafe and then access to do the tour afterwards that includes feeding the elephants and hanging out. Worth...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KristyLips
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You will be walking with elephants, feed them, touch them, and take very very close photos with them! ... although before we start they played a video with the instruction that we should not tip the guide but he was just standing there looking at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 159lailaa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a wonderful walk about with the elephants, the guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Feeding and walking with these magnificent animals is a rare treat..

Date of experience: November 2018
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November 22, 2018|
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Response from SonjavT | Reviewed this property |
Standard, would be great. There are too many other places to visit too and usually breakfast is included with most stays in SA. The standard includes a ride into the fields, touching and feeding the elephants and an... More
May 6, 2018|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Nelly071 Yes you can, you can go on to our website, and click on "book at the elephant lodge' in the top left hand corner. Skip step 1 and click on step 2 (Room Type) - that is where you can choose which activity you... More
Peter R
March 12, 2018|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Peter R Only 2 of our rooms have windows looking into our boma, but all of our rooms are connected to a communal lounge area which overlooks the elephants sleeping quaters. I hope this helps :) Kind Regards The Knysna... More
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September 28, 2013|
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October 01, 2016|
Response fromgrahamse|
Day 7 , I would look at overnighting in Prince Albert , and days 8 to 10 in either Knysna or Plettenberg bay. They are close together so choose one for the 3 days. You could put in an overnight at storms river mouth on the way to Port Elizabeth. If you choose to spend all 3 nights in Knysna I would probably drive back to Cape Town, rather than driving to Port Elizabeth and flying to Cape Town.......you could also fly George to Cape Town.just my thoughts.