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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 February 3, 2017 via mobile

We stayed with our 6 month old baby for two nights in Room 6 (Keisha room) which overlooked the Boma (where the elephants sleep). We cannot it recommend this highly enough - the accommodation, the staff throughout and the whole experience was all simply fantastic....More

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Reviewed February 2, 2017

Knysna is a genuine sanctuary where the elephants are well looked after and loved by the knowledgeable and passionate rangers who care for them day to day - they have a brilliant rapport with the elephants and the trust is evident in the day to...More

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Reviewed February 2, 2017 via mobile

I am always a little reluctant to visit captive animals, but this experience was wholly different. The clearly love the elephants and are a leading research facility. Getting close to these gentle giants was a real privilege and the respect with which they are treated...More

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Reviewed February 1, 2017

Spend a couple of hours visiting this park. It can easily be done in two of three hours. Dont expect a large Game Reserve. Expect a chance to get right up next to the elephants. To touch them and feed them and learn more about...More

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Reviewed February 1, 2017

What a fantastic place. We stayed for 3 nights at the lodge which is very comfortable with great views from the rooms overlooking the elephants as they roam. The elephants are amazing and whilst they are used to people they are not treated as a...More

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Reviewed January 31, 2017

An up close and personal encounter with the most beautiful and majestic animals. A very special place, where you fall in love with them all (Esp Sally!) instantly. The animals are really well cared for - it truely is a sanctuary. Can't wait to go...More

Thank Christopher B
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Reviewed January 29, 2017

The animals here are looked after very well . The staff are very informative and friendly . We enjoyed over an hour just feeding elephants and watching them .

Thank Margaret W
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Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

This was so amazing to feed and walk with the Elephants we took amazing photos and it was really special the staff was great thanks

Thank Nadia B
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Reviewed January 27, 2017

We took an hours tour of the facility. The guides were very good and the scenery and elephants played their part. A well run facility that appears to be doing a great job for orphaned calves. Well woth a visit.

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Reviewed January 27, 2017

Definitely worth a visit. They have different options. We did the feeding of the elephants what a great couple of hours.

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nelly071
May 6, 2018|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Nelly071 Yes you can, you can go on to our website, and click on "book at the elephant lodge' in the top left hand corner. Skip step 1 and click on step 2 (Room Type) - that is where you can choose which activity you... More
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Peter R
March 12, 2018|
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Response from KnysnaElephant | Property representative |
Hi Peter R Only 2 of our rooms have windows looking into our boma, but all of our rooms are connected to a communal lounge area which overlooks the elephants sleeping quaters. I hope this helps :) Kind Regards The Knysna... More
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Samantha V
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
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