A walk with the elephants of the Knysna Elephant Park.🐘🐘🐘

28th of July 2018

Pauline had seen a pamphlet about The Knysna Elephant Park and really, really wanted to go but I was not that keen because β€œthose” sort of places creep me out and plus we would have to back track 50 kilometres to do it. Anyway I couldn’t say no to her because more than likely I would want to go and see something that she wouldn’t be keen on sooner or later. So back we went again heading East and arrived at the gates and first impressions were of it being very neat and well looked after. We paid our $70 odd dollars plus $4 for two buckets of fruit and vegetables that were cut up nicely for us and then watched a video off the history behind the beginnings of the park. The Knysna Elephant Park was established in 1994 and was the first facility in South Africa to to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Over the last 20 years, the park has cared for and raised more than forty elephants. The very first elephant was a female and she is now the Matriarch of the herd but other elephants have moved on to other reserves. We were then taken on a trailer towed behind a tractor out in the park to where the elephants were that particular day. They have steel railings about 30 metres wide which the elephants line up behind when we were feeding them from our buckets and this is just to have some sort of order for them.

DSC04799.JPG
All lined up waiting for some fruit and vegetable snacks!
IMG_0943
For a huge animal they are so gentle when taking the food out of our hands.

After they have finished their treats they wander back off into the paddock and start eating an amazing amount of grass (apparently up to 200 kilograms a day). We were then also able to walk along with them and give them a rub and a scratch which they really enjoyed.

DSC04747.JPG
No words can describe the feeling of being so close to them.
DSC04778.jpg
Pauline checking that he had cleaned behind his ears!πŸ˜‚

It was an amazing experience and I must say really made me eat my words, the elephants to me seemed incredibly happy and loved. At any one time the park can only have a maximum of 15 elephants but at the moment there are only 10 and the farm was just full of grass so they live very well!

DSC04770.jpg
Such lovely gentle giants.

From here we started the drive back to Cape Town to meet up with Veronica who had already arrived back from Italy. We stayed one night in a very quiet (again) camp park and the next morning continued the drive back to Cape Town. On the way back in we stopped at a road side farm stall that sold the best sourdough bread that we had been able to get so far in Africa (but not as good as yours is Maree Tink!). Naughtily we also had a very yummy cheese bread stick with our mid morning coffee.

Categories South Africa, Uncategorized

5 thoughts on “A walk with the elephants of the Knysna Elephant Park.🐘🐘🐘

  1. Loving your photos. The animals are so beautiful. You two seem to be having such an amazing adventure. Keep up the blog enjoying it.

    Like

  2. Hi Guys,
    I am so glad that you are having an amazing experience of a life time … to see so many elephants that seem to be happy with life would be my dream. Keep the photos up they keep me smiling … the photos of the elephants make me tear up .. what amazing wonderful creatures they are. Love to you both xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Marcus and Pauline August 29, 2018 — 7:35 pm

      Thanks Terri, it’s an amazing experience all round.

      Like

  3. Once again, Pauline is right

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close