The Knysna Elephant Park is situated outside of Knysna, on the way to Plettenberg Bay. Visitors don’t need to book, but can just turn up and depending on the season can be on an elephant encounter in no time at all!
There is a small museum dedicated to elephants that have passed through Knysna in the past as well as educational displays relating to ivory trading and poaching.
A short documentary on the Knysna Elephant Park as well as safety in dealing with the gentle giants is shown before visitors are driven in a 4×4 out into the veld to meet them.
As soon as the elephants hear the cars, they make their way to the posts anticipating the baskets of fruit and veg which you have the option of buying at the reception area. Make sure that you get a basket or two as this is your route to a very close encounter with the elephants! There are ample opportunities to get up close and personal. Feed them, touch them and take lots of photos!
There is also a resident photographer who will sell you prints and digital images back at base.
The Park is very well managed with all of the staff showing excellent professionalism and pride in their conservation work.
Visitors can finish off their experience with a visit to the well-stocked curio shop and an excellent meal at the restaurant.
Remember to wear trainers for the walk; there is long grass areas and uneven ground.