Knysna Elephant Park


Knysna and the surrounding indigenous forests were once home to herds of Knysna elephants who wandered freely in their natural forested habitat. Due to man’s interference over the years, the numbers have decreased from close to 500, to only three elephants which are believed to remain in the area. The Knysna Elephant Park is a sanctuary for orphaned elephants, and visitors get the opportunity to experience an exciting and up-close encounter with the herds of elephant.

The park offers daily tours everyday, where visitors can learn a bit more about the elephant before spending an hour or so interacting with them – feeding, touching and taking photographs. The tour departs every ½ hour throughout the day.

Other experiences including elephant back rides, a nature walk with the elephant and sunrise and sunset safaris are also offered. For these activities, bookings need to be made in advance.

There is also an on-site restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and tea; and a Curio Shop which sells a wide variety of “ellie” gifts and more.

The park is open seven days a week from 08h30 – 17h00. Situated on the N2 in Harkerville between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. For further information, telephone +27 044 532 7732, or visit

Map of Knysna Elephant Park