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Address: 1km off the N2 Highway between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 44 532 7732
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Founded in 1994, The Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility in South...

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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The visit was not only educational, the guides are very knowledgeable but also great fun feeding the elephants from the buckets of fruit and veg purchased along with entry. There... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The visit was not only educational, the guides are very knowledgeable but also great fun feeding the elephants from the buckets of fruit and veg purchased along with entry. There is a discount for senior citizens. We opted for the Touching ride which included a ride on a trailer feeding and a bit of walking to touch and take photos.... More 

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This was our second time after 8 years and it was a great experience walking with and feeding the elephants my daughter had her second ride on the elephant. A little on the expensive side.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The entry level tour is incredible value. An hour feeding, petting and interacting with these magnificent animals. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

great to see kindness and care extended to these fabuluos animals... Real characters - we enjoyed our visit immensely. You can even sleep with them.....

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with family (4 adults) and we all agreed this was the experience of a lifetime. The elephants are clearly well-looked after and their welfare comes first before catering for visitors. The guides are entertaining and knowledgeable (Edison was great) and you really do get close to the elephants. A fantastic visit all round.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were a little unsure what to expect. It when you do visit expect the best. Being up close and touching the elephants is a must. You can feed them have your photos taken touching them and even herd them back in. Thanks to our guide Davidson who wanted us to stay on the extra time until the next trip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great place to get close to & learn a little about these fantastic animals. Plenty of photo opportunities also. A great day out.

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Excellent couple of hours spent at the Knynsa Elephant Park. Fantastic experience, would definitely recommend, even on on wet days!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A most wonderful experience of a lifetime. Rode an elephant and walked with them too. Such huge gentle giants it was amazing. Got to feed them a number of times and were lucky enough to stay for 2 nights at the lodge. Words cannot describe how magical it was to be able to be so close to them at night... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a really good, informative and 'up close' experience. You are briefed with a short video, then taken by trailer out to the Elephants. You can buy a bucket of fruit and veg to feed the Elephants. The animals stand behind a metal bar and reach out with their trunks for the food. A fantastic experience. You can stroke... More 

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