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 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.
Contributing to Elephant Care
Visitors to the park are privileged to have a personal encounter with our gentle giants, and leave having gained a new-found 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.
Opening Hours: The park is open 365 days a year to visitors, from 09h00 to 15h00 daily.
Early morning and late afternoon walks are conducted at 07h30, 15h30 and 16h30 by reservation only.
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.