stunning forest bordering the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park in North East Phuket. We are the first elephant sanctuary on the island pioneering ethical elephant tourism and rescue sick, injured and old elephants who have spent their entire lives working in the logging and tourism industries.
The Half day program is an eye-opening and inspiring experience. Following a scenic drive along a local village you will arrive at our 30-acre sanctuary, dotted with natural ponds, open fields and tropical hillsides. Your visit start with an educational video to prepare you for your encounter with the elephants, and to help you understand why they need to be protected.
We then venture into the jungle to locate the elephants, and to observe them forage and bathe freely while our tour guides give you a detailed background of each elephant. You will also have a rare opportunity to get up close with the elephants and to capture some incredible photographs while feeding them their daily baskets of bananas, watermelons and cucumbers.
At the end of the program, a delicious vegetarian Thai meal awaits at our Tree Top Lounge. This tour we do not offer bathing with the elephants.
A MORNING WITH THE ELEPHANTS
A morning with the elephants is an eye-opening and inspiring experience. Following a scenic drive along a local village you will arrive at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, a picturesque jungle dotted with ponds, wide open fields and hillsides for the elephants to roam around.
Your visit starts at our Tree Top Reception and Observation Platform, where we will show you a presentation and educational video to prepare you for your encounter with the elephants, and to help you understand why they need to be protected.
Next up, you will feed the elephants. While they enjoy their baskets of bananas, pineapples and cucumbers, you have a chance to learn from our guides about the background of each elephant.
Once the elephants are fed, we walk with them down into the jungle. By keeping a safe distance and watching them from our Observation Salas, the elephants have the freedom to express their natural behavior, from bathing and playing in our pond to socializing with each other.
Our top priority is the wellbeing of the elephants. As such, we do not offer rides, shows, bathing, trunk hugging, elephant kisses, sitting on or lying on the elephants, loud noisy groups, or people crowding around the elephants.
AN AFTERNOON WITH THE ELEPHANTS
Time: 13.30 - 17.00
Phuket’s first ethical safari type experience, our afternoon with the elephants program is ideal for elephant enthusiasts and nature lovers as it offers the opportunity to observe the animals at a respectful distance while they roam through our manicured forest and bathe in our expansive pond.
Your visit starts with an educational video presentation at our Tree Top Reception to prepare you for your time with the elephants and to understand the importance of protecting this beautiful animal. We then head down into the forest to find the elephants. Depending on where they are, we may explore the forest grounds or sit in one of our Observation Salas. Umbrellas, wellington boots and rain coats are available if needed.
Towards the end of the afternoon we walk the elephants up to our Tree Top Reception where you have the incredible opportunity to feed them some delicious treats before the elephants retire to their night shelters.
Our Afternoon with the Elephants is ideal for passionate elephant lovers and photographers as you will gain an in-depth knowledge, enjoy fantastic photo opportunities and experience an unforgettable few hours in the presence of the earth’s largest land mammal.