Be Touched by an Elephant today. Join our herd, as the trail leads through the Park, offering you spectacular views of the Outeniqua Mountains, surrounded by Knysna forest.
WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES: 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.