When you see signs for Knysna Elephant Park on the highway between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, you should definitely take the turnoff. You’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to stroke the rough skin of elephants or let them snort lemons and carrots from the palm of your hand at this researcher-run rehabilitation camp. Feeling brave? Walk with the cheetahs on a guided tour at the Tenikwa wildlife awareness center where they care for the big cats.
Knysna Elephant Park is between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Continue on past Plettenberg to Tenikwa.
KNYSNA ELEPHANT PARK: N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay; 27-(0)44-532-7732; knysnaelephantpark.co.za
TENIKWA: Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay; 27-(0)44-534-8170; tenikwa.com