Unfortunately our telephone and internet lines have been affected by cable theft. We have been able to divert our phone lines so telephone communication has been re-established. However, we have no on-site access to emails / internet, so cyber-communication is still problematic at this time. We will try and respond to emails as soon and as regularly as possible. We are working on the problems and hope to have systems up and running as soon as possible. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during this time.
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 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.
Daily Tours leave on the half hour every day from 08h30, with the last tour leaving at 16h00.
Once in a lifetime opportunity to ride on the back of one of these incredible creatures in nature.