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Knysna Elephant Park

#3 of 76 things to do in Knysna Features Animals
1km off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6570, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732
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Big and grey

You'll get the opportunity to feed and touch the elephants that have been brought up inside the... read more

Reviewed October 22, 2015
Rikard B
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Awe inspiring , fantastic-a rare privilege

Absolutely fantastic-walking with, feeding and touching these majestic animals is a privilege I... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2015
Robin F
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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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1km off the N2 Highway | Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6570, South Africa
+27 44 532 7732

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Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

You'll get the opportunity to feed and touch the elephants that have been brought up inside the park, and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions to any of the guides sowing you around.

Thank Rikard B
Reviewed October 21, 2015

Absolutely fantastic-walking with, feeding and touching these majestic animals is a privilege I shall never forget having done, food for the soull.What a treat.

Thank Robin F
Reviewed October 21, 2015

What an awesome experience, and what a privelage to be abke to be informed and get up close with these animals. The guides are very fruendly and well informed.

Thank LYREM63
Reviewed October 21, 2015

We'd pre-booked an early morning elephant ride & walk with the elephants. Easy to find - well sign posted off the main road. You check in with Reception and they talk you through what will happen. There's a little museum in the reception are which...More

Thank holidaygirl20102014
Reviewed October 20, 2015

We really enjoyed meeting the elephants & being able to feed and touch them. I have no idea why I was surprised their skin was warm, they are mammals after all! Our guide Zenzo was really knowledgeable and clearly loved working with the animals. I...More

Thank Lulubelle12
Reviewed October 16, 2015

The elephants seemed happy and well cared for, although I did not like the fact that a wild animal had been taught tricks. Over priced for the experience.More

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KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2015

Dear Guest Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit to our Park. We always like to hear that guests find our elephants happy and healthy. However, we are concerned to hear your view on the fact that they have been taught “tricks”. We...More

Reviewed October 16, 2015

We took part in one of the daily "Be touched by an elephant" tours which was an amazing and unforgettable experience. It was a lot of fun to feed the elephants and it is something special to have a picture of yourself/yourselves with an elephant.

Thank Melanie H
Reviewed October 16, 2015

We visited last year and simply went to "meet" the elephants. We saw that there were rooms overlooking the elephant shed so booked to stay this year. It was a magical experience. Being able to look at the elephants over night was magical. The elephant...More

Thank davebowater
Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

This park is an amazing place to visit. All the staff are very friendly & helpful. Spent an awesome day there learning about the elephants & their backgrounds from their guides especially Geoffrey who has been there for over 20 years

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Reviewed October 15, 2015

The Knysna Elephant Park is certainly worth a visit. The experience is wonderful to get up so close with such beautiful animals. The rangers are very experienced and knowledgable. To walk with Elephants is truly amazing and afterwards you get an opportunity to purchase a...More

1  Thank RubyTuesdayDevon
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Samantha V
Good day, what are your prices for two adults and one child attending the elephant park? Regards Samantha
May 3, 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
How come no answer to Kate V about the charges brought against you for cruelty?
December 14, 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
I have paid a deposit for a months volunteer placement at your project but i have just seen that you are on the Bad List of Volunteers Beware and that worries me. Can you justify.
March 2, 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