Knysna Elephant Park
Knysna Elephant Park is located just off the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
At the Knysna Elephant Park I had the opportunity to be in the presence of these gentle giants.
The ground is very firm so getting along with the powered wheelchair was pretty easy in most cases. Occasionally I found myself in some gravel and needed a friendly push.
The guides are very helpful and let you have some one on one time with the giants of the forest.
Getting to and from you are driven in a tractor and wagon. They have a ramp for the wheelchair.
Going to the restroom might be a problem. Before going on the drive there is a nice disabled bathroom inside the reception area. Getting in the reception area can be a problem because the walkway is very steep and full of loose sand so the electric wheelchair was sliding a lot. Getting onto the wagon is a breeze with the help of the guides.
Coming back from the drive finding a bathroom is a problem, there is no disabled bathroom, and you can’t get into the men’s bathroom with a wheelchair because there is very tight turns leading to the bathroom and if you make that there is an opening between two walls that a wheelchair does not fit trough, I had to use the lady’s to answer Mother Nature, besides that the walkway leading to the bathrooms are very steep so if you are in a normal wheelchair someone will have to help you.
Knysna Elephant Park was a reel experience, besides the problem with the bathrooms, just to have a chance to touch these gentle giants, be in their presence was an experience to remember.
Website: Knysna Elephant Park
I have emailed them in regards with the bathrooms and will post the response I get from them
Reply from Knysna Elephant Park
Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention. We do have some expansion and improvement plans for 2014 and this will help us make sure that our designs are wheelchair friendly. I am going to forward this on to our Operations Managers to make them aware of your suggestions.