26 November 2010 by Julienne du Toit

Visit Knysna Elephant Park

I asked two of my Scottish friends, who were visiting Africa for the first time, which animal they would most like to see during their stay and they both replied “an elephant”.

So we embarked on a road trip along the Garden Route from Cape Town and visited the Knysna Elephant Park on the second day of their holiday. We paid R175 each for a one-hour tour, which included feeding the massive mammals pineapples, and walking around with the elephants in the open.

The elephants are rather tame, but a safety briefing is delivered before the start of the tour. Tips included not getting between cows and their calves, as well as not bending over (apparently elephants may interpret this as a threat).

Tips included not getting between cows and their calves, as well as not bending over (apparently elephants may interpret this as a threat).

The most exciting part of the tour for me was standing beneath an elephant while it grazed, which meant me placing huge trust in the four-ton beast to not knock me over and impale me into the ground.

The tour guides were well informed and were able to answer every question we had. Some of the statistics they rattled off were simply astounding. For example, elephants eat more than 200kg of grass, trees and other vegetation every day - which is equal to the combined weight of my two friends and I!

Explorers can enjoy an elephant ride for R750 or stay overnight in a room that overlooks the elephant bomas. There is a restaurant and a cafe too.

For more information about the Knysna Elephant Park, visit www.knysnaelephantpark.co.za or phone +27 (0)44 532 7732.

Category: Wildlife

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