Elephant Sanctuary! Kanchanaburi
Get up close to elephants in a sanctuary where they freely roam. Wash them, prepare their food, bathe and swim with them!
This project takes care of rescued and sick elephants. You will enjoy washing and swimming with the elephants, whilst also preparing food and making sure that the elephants are living in a comfortable environment. Moreover, we will take you out to discover Kanchanaburi’s gorgeous nature.
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Program Description – Elephant Sanctuary
The project is based in Kanchanaburi, which manages a delicate balance between tradition and tourism. Its surrounding limestone hills create an unimaginably beautiful landscape enhanced by its numerous bamboo-style buildings, stunning meandering rivers and unique temple caves. Kanchanaburi is truly one of Thailand’s natural gems and the perfect place to indulge in nature and spend time with elephants in our project.
The project takes place in a sanctuary where old, sick, disabled, previously abused or illegally-owned elephants now call home. Here, we work for the elephants, not the other way around. This means there will be no elephant riding in the program. However, you will get the chance to experience and bond with these gentle giants by swimming with them, bathing them and preparing their food, which typically comes in the form of Bana grass, sugarcane and banana plants.
The elephants freely roam around the sanctuary by day and then are taken to the forest in the early evening.
You will be spending time alongside experienced mahouts, who invest their entire lives gaining an understanding of the elephants and how best to care for them. The sanctuary does receive one day and short-stay visitors for respectful “Saddle Off” interactions with the elephants. Without this level of support, the sanctuary would not be able to maintain these majestic animals who, whether young or old, were previously used in the captivity of hard labour (logging and farming) or entertainment labour (riding and shows). This could mean that you may see 40-50 persons on-site working for the animals, preparing food, assisting with bathing and lovingly observing their actions.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Aims & Objectives
- Take care of relocated, injured, ill, previously abused or illegally owned elephants at the sanctuary
- Give you a unique, unforgettable experience in caring for elephants
- Assist the local sanctuary staff by providing an extra hand
Program Duration & Availability
- Min duration (weeks): 1
- Max duration (weeks): 1