Extraordinary Elephant Encounters
The Knysna Elephant Park (est. 1994) was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Over the last twenty years, the park has 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 Knysna Elephant Park Herd numbers ten – 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 behaviours.
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 centre between 09h00 and 15h00. No reservations are necessary! Following a short video, guests are transported to the field where you have the opportunity to interact, feed and walk amongst our herd of African elephants. You also have the opportunity to purchase an ‘elephant snack bucket’ to feed the elephants during your visit.
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 behaviours. Guests are welcome to spend as much time as they wish with the elephants – transport returns to reception every half hour.
Our herd of elephants play a vital role in closing the gap between man and animal, allowing us to better understand the plight of the African Elephant and that of their peers in the Knysna Forest. Visitors leave the park with a sense of awe for these magnificent animals.
Experience Duration: 30 minutes | Guided tours depart every 30 minutes, on the hour, but you are welcome to stay with the elephants as long as you wish.
Knysna Elephant Park is located just off the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
Telephone: +27 44 532 7732
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Fax: +27 44 532 7763
GPS Coordinates: 34°02’17”S 23°16’10”E
Directions from Cape Town: Follow the N2 east from Cape Town for approximately 500km. After passing through Knysna, travel a further 22km where you will find a signboard indicating a turning to the left onto a dirt road. Follow the road for 1.1km until you reach the Park entrance.
Directions from Port Elizabeth: Follow the N2 west from Port Elizabeth for approximately 240km. After passing through Plettenberg Bay, travel a further 9km where you will find a signboard indicating a turning to the right onto a dirt road. Follow the road for 1.1km until you reach the Park entrance.