Visit the Gentle Giants
Knysna, Garden Route

Knysna Elephant Park offers supervised interactions, pettings and feeding of rescued elephants that are maintained in an enclosed setting.

Unique Features

Close to Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Sundowners under the lapa
Volunteer opportunities
Elephant interactions
Family-friendly accommodation

Your Experience

The Knysna Elephant Park was established in South Africa in 1994. It was the first facility in the country to house and care for orphaned African elephants.

Over the years the park has cared for and raised more than forty elephants altogether. The elephants currently at the park include orphaned calves and those rescued from culls and circuses. When visiting Knysna Elephant Park, the elephants that you will encounter are part of the permanent herd, others are there temporarily as they are moved to other facilities and reserves to join new herds.

At Knysna Elephant Park, you can get close to these huge pachyderms with responsible interactions, on the elephants terms. The elephants are free to move away, feed when they want to and interact with who they choose to. Your visits and interactions are supervised at all times. There is a coffee and curio shop on site that you can visit. You can choose between a family, standard or luxury room.