South Africa | Garden Route pt. 2

After  our visit in Oudtshoorn we headed straight to Knysna, where a beautiful lodge in the Knysna Elephant Park was awaiting us. As the website states: “The Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Over the last twenty years, the park has cared for and raised more than forty elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls and ex-circus animals.” This is one of the reasons I always wanted to visit this stunning park. When we arrived we  took some time to enjoy our beautiful room and to check out the property. Then we got ready for our elephant ride. We watched an introduction video, got our food buckets and went to feed the elephants. They were lined up to each be fed by one of the visitors, but obviously some were greedier than others and so we unintentionally become part of a little “trunk-war”. The buckets initially amply filled, were being emptied in the blink of an eye and so we proceeded with mounting the elephants. We each were assigned to one elephant and helped to get on the back of these beautiful creatures. The ride took about 45 minutes and ended sooner than I had hoped, but it was an amazing experience. Afterwards we went for dinner in a beautiful restaurant called Zinzi where we indulged ourselves with food which I have no words for to describe it- just check out the pictures!!!! We stayed there for quite some time and when we finished we relocated dessert to the beautiful terrace which had a little fireplace (super romantic!!) . When we went back we made use of the the gallery in front of our room (!!!) , where you can see the roosting place of the elephants! We sat down on the couch in our bathrobes with a hot tea and watched the most beautiful procedure: the elephants going to sleep. I have never seen something as peaceful as this and it was truly one of the best memorable moments of my life. This prompted me and Storm to both get an elephant tattoo as a little memory! 🙂 The next day we went back home where we shared our great memories with friends and family. Here a selection of the thousand pictures I took!

 

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