Day Activities

Knysna Elephant Park

Knysna elephant

Founded in 1994, and the first of its kind in South Africa, the Knysna Elephant Park provides a home for orphaned elephants and offers visitors a taste of nature in an area where vast herds once roamed. Join the elephants in their controlled free-range environment where you will be able to appreciate their magnificent presence up-close-and-personal. Whether you chose our daily tour, elephant back ride, exclusive safari or overnight accommodation, this is an experience that will stay with you forever.

We are open every day of the year. Our guided Daily Tours take you to the elephants every half hour from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Here you will have the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph our gentle giants. There are no barriers or fences to spoil your close encounter, and when the elephants chose to wander off again into the field, you are welcome to walk with them and watch them for as long as you wish.

Elephant Back Rides offer the once in a lifetime opportunity to ride these incredible creatures. As you traverse through indigenous Cape fynbos atop of the ellies, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Outeniqua mountain range. The experience is rounded off with refreshments at the Lapa which overlooks pristine indigenous forest. Exclusive walking and riding safaris are also available where you can have the elephants all to yourselves. Booking is essential.

The Elephant Lodge affords you the unique experience of sharing the elephants’ accommodation with them. The elephants end their day by heading to their world-class boma for the night where they enjoy some rest and pampering, with a bed of soft sawdust and a mountain of branches to keep them busy munching! The Lodge comprises six rooms that have been built within the boma. All rooms have been luxuriously decorated, with a distinct elephant theme running throughout. The unique Elephant Lounge forms the central area overlooking the elephants’ sleeping quarters. Here you are able to relax and watch the elephants enjoying their evening meal. You will be privy to their every sound and movement, and after a night or few in the Elephant Lodge, you’ll also be able to answer the question – do elephants lie down when they are sleeping ….


‘Be touched by an elephant’ Tours
Duration: 45 – 60 min or stay longer if you wish
Departure Times: Every 30 min from 08h30 to 16h30

Adults R 190.00
Children (6 – 12 years) R 100.00
Pensioners and students: R 155.00
Groups (over 10 persons): R 170.00
Children under 3 years: FREE
Bucket of elephant feed: R 30.o0

Elephant Back Rides and Walks
Duration: ± 2 hour experience (includes ride, feeding elephants & enjoying snacks at the lapa overlooking the forest).
Departure Times: 09h30, 10h30, 15h00 and 16h00
Maximum numbers: Up to 8 depending on age
Includes: Light snacks and drink & Elephant feeding bucket

Adults: R 815.00
Children (6 – 12 years) R 390.00
Children under 6 years: Not recommended, exceptions can be made

Exclusive Sunrise/Sunset Rides and Walks
Duration: ± 2 hour experience
Departure Times: 06h30 and 16h30
Maximum numbers: Private Safari
Includes: Full Breakfast / Dinner

Adults R 1 250.00
Children (6 – 12yrs) R 650.00
Children under 6 years:  Not recommended, exceptions can be made

Sundowner Group Packages
Duration: ± 2½ hour experience
Departure Time: 16h30
Minimum numbers: 10 persons
Maximum numbers: 50 persons

Adults R 460.00
Children (6 – 12 years):  R 395.00
Children under 6years: FREE