Our German/Italian friends visited from Cape Town and on top of their to-do list during a quick 2 night sojourn in the Garden Route was the popular Knysna Elephant Park.
Having booked numerous Hello Garden Route clients a visit here, it was time for us to enjoy the park first hand too and in turn, share with you, our valued readers and travellers, our experience.
We were welcomed by the friendly receptionist who informed us of the various tour options:
We opted for the Elephant Interaction & Feeding (daily tour). After a video briefing about Elephants and how the park came to be, our tour guide led us to the indoor ‘sleeping quarters’ where the ‘ellies’ are safely housed at night. He explained more about the park’s facilities and its magnificent inhabitants, after which we were transported via an open-air tractor-type vehicle through the property and towards the herd.
As we approached, the excitement among us humans could clearly be heard and felt. We disembarked, were briefed on how to conduct ourselves around these friendly giants whereafter we got split up into smaller groups, each with a professional guide.
The ‘ellies’ were called over and, as per routine, formed a neat row next to one another, in-cue behind a steel railing. We got to feed and touch them for a few minutes before moving off to the next herd, rotating places with the other group of visitors.
Although this wasn’t my first time being close to these animals, it felt so. There is something magical about them that when you’re in their presence, you’re humbled.
Our guides were informative, friendly and efficient. I’d rate then 5 out of 5.
Although we felt it was a tad expensive excursion, it was well worth the money, especially considering funds go towards providing a safe & loving haven for these animals.
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p.s. This is a family-friendly activity. My friend had her baby who was loving it almost more than the grown-ups 🙂