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Re:Elephant sanctuary/Park

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Re:Elephant sanctuary/Park

We are a couple planning on leaving on thursday to plettenberg bay.Intend staying for a week.

Will do trips to Knysna,George,Wilderness and maybe Port Elizabeth.I have read of Addo Elephant Park,Knysna Elephant Park,Elephant Sanctuary-The Craggs.Which is the best to visit?

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Hi there

Of these places only one offers a genuine experience in the wild. I would not choose anywhere that encourages petting and riding elephants.

Just me I guess.

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The best is ADDO but it's a long drive for a day trip may be try and stay over in their accommodation. you can see plenty of wild elephants just stake out a waterhole. The others are not really wild. it is a great place and worth the trip.

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Definitely Addo. Have been there and Knysna - no comparison. I agree with only seeing wildlife...in the wild.

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Have been to Kruger Park .Saw lots of elephants in the wild.

Just looking for close encounter.

guess I will stick to Craggs?

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Maybe before going to an Elephant "Interaction park" it is worth reading where close encounters with captive elephants can lead :

…blogspot.com/2011/06/elephant-handler-criti…

Like the others I would much prefer Addo. You learn FAR more about Elephants here and from the safety of your car can often be right in the middle of a family group of a dozen or so animals from adults to tiny babies. Unconcerned about you and going about their real lives in a natural social group. Just a metre or two away. Without putting the animals under stress in, for them, completely un-natural conditions.

African Elephants, unlike Asian Elephants, cannot be tamed and domesticated.

Edited: 12:46 pm, March 17, 2014
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6. Re: Re:Elephant sanctuary/Park

Thanks for that.Scary stuff.Never knew about it!

Perhaps will reconsider.

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Where's the "like" button? (for the reconsideration,not the attack!) I never saw abuse as such at Knysna, but was uncomfortable through the whole visit, Watching elephants "herded" by guides with sticks and placed in cages was humiliating after seeing these beautiful and proud animals in the wild.

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''Watching elephants "herded" by guides with sticks and placed in cages was humiliating after seeing these beautiful and proud animals in the wild.''

Says it all really doesn’t it.

culturous thanks for reconsidering.

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9. Re: Re:Elephant sanctuary/Park

Rather visit Addo if you have the time to do so.

Hank - Owner - Ulungele Tours

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10. Re: Re:Elephant sanctuary/Park

Will try Addo maybe and overnight somewhere.

what is approximate driving time from Plettenberg?

any recommendations for cheap overnight accomodation?

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