Unnamed Road, South Africa
N2 Western Cape ZA

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 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 behaviours.


Extraordinary Elephant Encounters

 “You know … they say an elephant never forgets. What they don’t tell you is, you never forget an elephant.” ~ Actor Bill Murray , at the end of the motion picture ‘Larger Than Life’

At the Knysna Elephant Park, we offer a variety of elephant encounters – all aimed at giving our visitors unique insight into one of earth’s most magnificent creatures. You may choose a daily tour and get to feed an elephant and then spend some time in amongst our beautiful herd of African elephants, or you may want to walk alongside an elephant, following in the footsteps of Africa’s giants….whatever your choice is, our extraordinary elephant experiences will provide you with memories to last a lifetime.

Yes, you may have touched an elephant by the end of your visit…but these special creatures have their own way of touching you….and leaving a mark in your mind and heart for a long time to come…Be touched by an elephant today…

 Daily tours leave reception every 30 minutes and no prior reservations are required (all weather activity). Bookings are essential for our other elephant encounters, so contact us today to arrange your personal elephant experience.

All interactions are conducted according to strict welfare guidelines.

Our experienced handlers and guides are seen as part of the herd and spend their day in the field with their elephant charges, always on hand to personally introduce the elephants and provide more information about them and the Park.

In order to cater for all preferences we have a range of inspiring elephant experiences:

✓   Elephant Back Rides
✓   Elephant Walks
✓   Sundowners
✓   Exclusive Safaris
✓   School Group Trips
✓   Sleepover with our elephants in the Elephant Lodge

✓   Weddings and Functions

✓   Restaurant



20% discount on all daily tours all year round – each person to present their GR&KK Pass

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