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Knysna Elephant Park

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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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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 6571, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We have been to other elephant 'sanctuaries '. This is a proper one. The staff care for the elephants and the elephants sorry of dictate what they do. You don't see elephants chained up swaying. These are free. That is the big difference, these elephants...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

we stopped on our travels from Knysna to Plettenberg Bay, only 2 hours needed but great way to get up close to these amazing creatures! Guided tour telling you all about what work they do, get to feed elephants, walk with them and plenty of...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you have a couple of hours to spare during your Garden Route trip, you must visit this Elephant Sanctuary. Buy a bucket of fruit & veg, climb aboard the cart and let the tractor and go see and feed theses lovelies. Really knowledgeable staff...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Don't be fooled. This place used to be a genuine sanctuary and elephant rescue centre but is now just a tourist attraction. They use cruel techniques to make them submit to their will. Anywhere that offers riding of elephants cannot be a sanctuary. Elephants should...More

Thank Mike M
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KnysnaElephant, Marketing at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Mike, Thank you for your comments and feedback. We feel it is important to stress that The Knysna Elephant Park has never represented itself as being an “elephant sanctuary” (although some marketers refer to us as such). We are very open about the fact...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Walking with these giants without any barriers or cages was amazing. great value for money. Be sure to buy a bucket of food for them, they love it and come straight to you.

Thank quintes m
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was my favourite thing we did on our garden route trip. To be able to get so close to elephants and feed them was amazing and we loved it. We learned such a lot about elephants too. It would not be cheap for a...More

Thank pamnig
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This one of the most wonderful up and close Elphant experiences with the gentle giants of South Africa. You get to feed and touch these beautiful animals and spend time with them. Beautiful facilities and cafe and restaurant.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was sheer joy to not only feed these fabulous animals but to be able to get right up close, hold their ears and stroke them! The feeding bucket was all rather touristy BUT the Elephants love it and seemed more than content to be...More

Thank HERMOSAMARIPOSA1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love and wish to support elephants then you will love this place, dedicated to saving and rehabilitating these injured and/or orphaned creatures.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

They treated all the visitors well and were very knowledgeable about each elephant and you could tell the elephants were cared for and had wonderful surroundings. Definitely a must place to visit if you are in or around Knysner

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KnysnaElephant, Marketing at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting us at our beautiful Park. We look forward to your next visit!

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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
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Rosco S
15 December 2016|
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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
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Susan T
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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
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