South Africa
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The Knysna Elephant Park is situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, South Africa.

The elephants at the Park are all either orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls, ex-circus animals or relocated animals. The Park has cared for and raised more than forty elephants over the past years and some have become part of the resident herd, while others have been moved on to other reserves.

At present the elephant herd at the park includes nine elephants, the largest domesticated matriarchal herd in the country. The Knysna Elephant Park offers guests an opportunity to have up close and personal encounters with the elephants – on the elephants’ terms. All interactions are responsible and educational and with the help of these gentle giants and well-informed guides, guests can learn about the mystical story of the Knysna Elephant.

The elephants live in a controlled, free range environment in the heart of the Garden Route, with the best bored and lodging on offer and some of the most qualified elephant minders in the country keeping a watchful eye on them. The environment encourages the elephants to exhibit natural behavior and with no fences to spoil the close encounter, guests can appreciate the awesome presence of these animals while still giving them their space.

Things to do and see

  • Elephant Walks
  • Elephant Rides
  • Elephant Tours
  • Sundowner Experience
  • Interpretation Centre
  • Unique Elephant Lodge
  • Photographic & Video Department
  • Group Packages
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Curio Shop
  • Accommodation
  • Wedding & Functions Venue


Admission fees vary depending on the activities included. Please contact the reserve directly to confirm pricing. Booking is essential for groups.


Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C with high rainfall in October.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June.


Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport. The N2 highway will take you into the Knysna, approximately a one hour drive. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports. 

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