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Knysna Elephant Park

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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...more
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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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Reviewed yesterday

Nice short and very kid friendly place to visit, feed and even get in touch with elephants. For Families the perfect place to show it to the kids easy and fast.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RTheD
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went to the elephant park on Christmas Day. I had wanted to do the breakfast with elephants but unsurprisingly it was sold out. :( however I did get to feed them and walk around their habitat with them, which was loads of fun!! We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kate D
Reviewed 2 days ago

One for the bucket list, offers a intimate experience with these gentle giants where you can personally feed them and walk around with them and your personal guide. Will be back.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Carri-Ann B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent an hour or more with the guide telling us details about each elephant. Opportunity to buy food to feed the inmates. Tremendous fun if you love elephants.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Linda R
Reviewed 3 days ago

The care shown to the animals is paramount, this is not a zoo but a proper rehabilitation centre - great fun

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Graham M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Rather disappointed with this visit. It was very crowded and the elephants seemed uncomfortable with the number of people crowding them. Very supportive of what this facility does and understand they need to make money from the public to fund what they do. Just felt...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cheeseis_thebest
KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. We welcome feedback of all kinds from our guests, as it all helps to make sure we maintain the highest standard. We are saddened to hear that you did not fully enjoy your encounter. We invite guests to spend as...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Such a wonderful experience to get so close and feed these amazing animal. Our family of five adults did the daily tour. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, and our photo's of the event are cherished. We particularly appreciated the care shown to my Eighty-one year old...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jackieC6945ET
KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review - we are so happy to hear that you were all looked after. Family is so important, we are glad to hear that we were able to capture these moments for you. Kindest Regards The Knysna Elephant Park Team

Reviewed 1 week ago

But for the price, you feed the elephant. You take pictures,and goodbye. You want to do anything else with the elephants, you have to pay again....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DayTrip520668
KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We apologize if you found it a little costly to pay for your tour and elephant feeding bucket however, we are competitively priced in comparison with other Garden Route experiences. We see that you spent 30 minutes with the elephants, but the experience is not...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to the Knysna Elephant Park is a must do! The video that details the history of the venue, it's existence and the mafgnificent work undertaken to preserve these gentle giants must be applauded. Thank you Park Staff

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Vulaza
KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you! We are always happy to hear that our guests have enjoyed their time with our herd and that they enjoyed learning about the history of our park.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Rare experience to get up so close to these amazing animals in a very accessible yet pleasant facility. Very commendable work being undertaken to rehabilitate and/or protect abused elephants. Very pleasant and knowledgeable guides.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank safricaninsing
KnysnaElephant, Manager at Knysna Elephant Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the time which you spent with our herd.

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22 November 2018|
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Response from debra_turner | Reviewed this property |
The walk with the elephants sure was an amazing experience, they are sooo big that your children may even be a bit taken back by their size but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I too smile every time I think back... More
6 May 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
Peter R
12 March 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