The Knysna Elephant Park was established in 1994 as the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants.
The Knysna Elephant Park has dedicated the last 20 years to elephants; and it is both nationally and internationally recognised as one of the best captive elephant facilities in the world. More than 40 elephants have been rescued and/or relocated by the Knysna Elephant Park.
The Park has played a vital role in formulating regulations and guidelines for captive elephants throughout South Africa.
Guests are given the opportunity to get up close and personal with the elephants, and responsible and educational interactions allow guests to appreciate the awe-inspiring presence of these unique animals, but still give them 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 the environment encourages elephants to exhibit natural behaviours.
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, nutrition and care, allowing us to offer other elephants in need the chance of a better life.
The Park is open 365 days a year, from 09h00 to 16h00 daily.
Early morning and late afternoon walks are conducted at 07h30 and 16h00 by reservation only.
Knysna Elephant Park is located just off the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.