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Knysna Elephant Park

Knysna Elephant Park

The Knysna Elephant Park (est. 1994) was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Today, it has become a world-class facility, having cared for and raised more than forty elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls and ex-circus animals. Some have become part of the resident herd, others have moved onto other reserves and facilities in the Western and Eastern Cape, depending on their personalities, bonds with other animals and welfare needs.

The present KEP herd numbers nine – the largest domesticated matriarchal herd in the country. Our style of management offers guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with our elephants, on elephant terms. Responsible and educational interactions allow guests to appreciate the awe-inspiring presence of these animals, but still give the elephants the space and freedom to choose where they want to move, what they want to eat and who they want to interact with. There are no fences to spoil the close encounter and our environment encourages elephants to exhibit natural behaviors.

Elephant experiences include daily ‘Be Touched by an Elephant’ Tours (departing from reception every 30 mins), as well as Elephant Back Rides, Elephant Walks, Exclusive Safaris, Sundowner Group Packages, as well as Sleepovers in the Elephant Lodge. No reservations are necessary for daily tours, but bookings are essential for all other elephant encounters. 

Visitors to the park are privileged to have a personal encounter with our gentle giants, and leave having gained a newfound respect for these animals, as well as a better understanding of the African elephant and its plight across the continent. Most importantly, by visiting the Park and experiencing our elephant herd, guests make a direct contribution to elephant husbandry and care. Visitors to the Park enable us to give our elephants the best possible facilities, nutrition and care. They also allow us to offer other elephants in need the chance of a better life.

 

Facilities include an on-site research unit, volunteer program, interpretation center, restaurant and playground, curio shop.

The Park is open 365 days a year, from 09h00 to 16h00 daily.

 

Available Tours and Itineraries:

 

‘Be touched by an elephant’ Tours

 To know an elephant is to be touched by one...

 Our daily ‘Be Touched by an Elephant’ Tours leave every half hour, every day, from our reception / visitor’s center. Guests are transported to the field where you have the opportunity to interact, feed and walk amongst our herd of African elephants. Responsible and educational interactions enable guests to appreciate the awe-inspiring presence of these animals, on elephant terms. There are no fences to spoil the close encounter and our environment encourages elephants to exhibit natural behaviors. Guests are welcome to spend as much time as they wish with the elephants. 

 

Adults                                                                                                         R250

Children (5 – 12yrs)                                                                                     R110

Pensioners and Students                                                                               R175

Groups (Over 10 persons)                                                                             R195

Children under 5yrs                                                                                      FREE

Tour Guides                                                                                                 FREE

Bucket of elephant Food                                                                                R40

 

Tours depart every 30 min on the hour during the day.

Duration 45 – 60 min or stay longer if you wish

 

 "Elephant Back Rides"

A unique African encounter!

 

A once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy an elephant back ride on one of these incredible creatures. Join our herd, as the trail leads through the Park, offering you spectacular views of the Outeniqua Mountains, surrounded by Knysna forest. This amazing experience is rounded off with light refreshments at the Elephant Park restaurant or Elephant Boma. All elephant rides are conducted according to strict welfare guidelines. No saddles are used and the entire herd stays together.

Notes:

 Limited availability - only two rides per day are permitted.

 Long trousers and comfortable walking shoes advised.

 Weather permitting.       

 

 Bookings required.

 

Adults                                                 R885                          

Children (5 – 12yrs)                             R425              

Children under 5yrs                             *Not recommended, however exceptions can be made on assessment by head guides

Tour Guides                                         FREE

 

Departure Times:
Summer Departure:                       07h00 or 16h00
Winter Departure:                          07h30 0r 16h00
Total Experience Duration               ± 1.5 hour experience

 

* Minimum of 2 people / Maximum 6 people

* Includes Light snacks and drink & Elephant feeding bucket

 

"Walk with the elephants"

   Follow in the footsteps of giants...

 

Experience an incredible scenic walk, meandering through the  Park at elephant pace with Panoramic views of the Outeniqua mountains and Knysna forest. Join our guides who will relate informative ‘elephant tales’ while you follow in the footsteps of these remarkable animals. Round this off with refreshments at the Elephant Park restaurant.

 

·Reasonable fitness required - Comfortable walking shoes advised.

 

·Weather permitting.       

 

·Bookings essential.     

 

·Limited availability - Only two walks per day are permitted.

 

Adults                                                                    R550  

Children (5 – 12yrs)                                                R230

Children under 5yrs                                                *Not recommended, however exceptions can be made on assessment by head guides

Tour Guides                                                            FREE

 

Departure Times
Summer Departure:                             07h00 or 16h00                                                                    
Winter Departure:                                07h30 0r 16h00          
Total experience Duration                     ± 1.5 hour experience         

* Minimum of 2 people / Maximum 8 people

* Includes Light snacks and drink & Elephant feeding bucket

 

Exclusive Sunrise/Sunset Rides or Walks

Have the elephants and their guides all to yourself!

Enjoy an intimate early morning / late afternoon experience with our elephants. On this private safari you can choose to ride or walk with the elephants; and you are ensured of having them all to yourselves for that special occasion. A breakfast or dinner rounds off this magical experience.

 

·       Weather permitting       

 

·       Bookings required

 

Adults                                                 R1750 (Ride) / R1550 (Walk)

Children (5– 12yrs)                          R1050 (Ride) / R950 (Walk)

Children under 5yrs                         *Not recommended, exceptions can be made                                                       by the head guide.

* Departure Times                            07h00 and 16h00

* Total experience Duration                        ± 1.5 hour (Ride) / ± 2 hr (Walk)

* Min 2 people / Maximum 6(Ride) – 8 (Walk)

* ncludes                                            Full Breakfast / Dinner

 

 

 







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