We were looking forward to visiting Knysna Elephant Park since we were first told about it by a friend who had visited previously. We planned our trip to South Africa to ensure we made a visit here. We were not disappointed. The Park was very well managed with all of the staff showing excellent professionalism and pride in their work. After paying our admission we were offered buckets of fruit to feed to the elephants at 30 ZAR (under £3 each). Please do take them. Once you leave the unit to go out to the field you’ve missed your chance. There is a small museum dedicated to elephants that have passed through Knysna in the past as well as educational displays relating to ivory trading and poaching. Some of the stories portrayed were very sad indeed. Following a security and safety video we were on to the tractor bus and taken up to the ellies (as they’re known). The elephants hear the tractor coming and make their way to a wooden bar to meet you. Not that they are necessarily interested in you, but they love to meet the fruit you bring with you. The fruit bucket is your route to a very close encounter with the ellies. After feeding is over, the ellies go back into the field and your guide will let you know what to do and not to do as you follow them. There are ample opportunities to get up close and meet the ellies and have your photo taken, either by yourselves or by the resident snapper who will sell you prints and digital images back at base. The experience was wonderful and well worth the anticipation. We enjoyed a breakfast back at the café and this too was (I thought surprisingly) very good indeed. The curio shop is also filled with opportunities to take memories away with you, and you can feel slightly warm inside with the thought that you’re helping these lovely gentle giants.