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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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Humbling Experience

What a humbling experience to be able to move alongside, walk with and touch these gentle giants. A... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2016
Cape Town, South Africa
Prestige Academy tourism tour 2016

Great experience and service. Sam provide great facts about the elephants and their natural... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2016
Walter W
Strand, South Africa
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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 16 May 2016

What a humbling experience to be able to move alongside, walk with and touch these gentle giants. A memory that will never be forgotten.

Thank elreses
Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Great experience and service. Sam provide great facts about the elephants and their natural behaviour. A must see on the garden route

Thank Walter W
Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

I don't even know how to describe how awesome this experience was. You feed the elephants some snacks and then YOU CAN JUST WALK AROUND WITH THEM!! It was amazing! We were checking out their skin, feet, tusks, trunks, elbows, eyelashes, behind their ears...incredible. We...More

Thank Rebecca S
Reviewed 13 May 2016

After a short explanation, you are given a bag with fruits to feed elephants. Then you are allowed to pet them.

Thank Zeituni
Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

. Did not enjoy the experience. Commercial tourist attraction. We felt sad for the animals. Facilities clean and professional. Huge client turn over.More

Thank Cornelia K
KnysnaElephant, Guest Relations Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2016

Dear Cornelia Thank you for your review - we welcome both negative and positive feedback. We are saddened that our elephants didn't touch your heart in the same way they do almost everyone who visits the Park. Yes, our elephants are not 'wild', but, as...More

Reviewed 10 May 2016

Didn't know what to expect but we were blown out of the water. From the elephant ride to feeding them and then just walking around with them. They certainly care for these wonderful elephants. There is also a place to get a bite to eat....More

Thank mikepamr
Reviewed 10 May 2016

Magical moments with the elephants it will stay with us for a lifetime. The staff are very knowledgeable and seem to love their charges. More should be done for these lovely animals

1  Thank KathUK_12
Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

The elephant ride was awesome, it felt unreal to be on top of someone so powerful and big. They were very friendly and tame towards me though, and there was nothing to be scared of with the guides by my side. They were very good...More

1  Thank 878vickyl
Reviewed 8 May 2016

My second visit to the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary. My last visit was in 2005! We opted for the 30 minute tour, that includes a short drive in a game vehicle to where the elephants roam. At a small fee we purchased tubs of raw fruit...More

2  Thank AvrilCapeTown
Reviewed 4 May 2016

What an amazing experience it was just feeding, walking and being able to touch these magnificent creatures............... a must for animal lovers.

1  Thank robslviah
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Samantha V
3 May 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
15 December 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
2 March 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