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Ethical Elephant Tours Asian Elephant Projects​

One Day Trips

SADDLE OFF PROJECTS NOW OPEN TO VISITORS

Elepehants roaming the forest at Sunshine for Elephants ethical elephant sanctuary

SUNSHINE FOR ELEPHANTS

Guests to this elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai will experience a close encounter with rescued elephants as part of a small group in beautiful natural surroundings. Feed the elephants, and walk with them through the forest as they stop to forage along the way. Help to reforest their natural habitat by planting saplings or tying protective Buddhist sashes around the trunks of trees.

Karen Elephant Serenity Ethical Elephant Project

KAREN ELEPHANT SERENITY

Set among the hills of Northern Thailand, this ethical elephant project is home to a small family of elephants, including a 3 year old female, her mum and nanny. At this project, guests have the opportunity to observe the remarkable interactions of an elephant family, now enjoying their lives with time to form bonds, roam, forage, and play freely together.

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CARE FOR ELEPHANTS

Spend the day with three elephants retired from a hard life of logging and elephant riding. At this elephant sanctuary, an emphasis is placed on providing visitors with insights into the nature of elephants, how to properly care for them, and interact with them respectfully. The program includes a visit to Elephant Nature Park where you can see the resident herds socializing.

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ELEPHANT HIGHLANDS

Set high in the lush mountains near Baan Lao, this elephant sanctuary boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Northern Thailand. Walk with rescued elephants along mountain paths, feed the elephants, and watch them bathe and play happily in the mud pit, making for an unforgettable day. This project also offers sanctuary to cows, pigs, rabbits and other animals.

Hope for Elephants Ethical Elephant Tour

HOPE FOR ELEPHANTS

As part of a small group accompanied by a tour guide, experience a close encounter with elephants. Activities are suitable for all ages and include taking a leisurely walk with the elephants, watching them playing in the mud and bathe in the stream. Located south of Chiang Mai, this ethical elephant project is surrounded by forest and farmland with a scenic stream coursing through it.

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ELEPHANT PRIDE

Spend the day by the beautiful Mae Taeng River in Northern Thailand with three happy elephants now retired from riding. As part of a small group, get to know the elephants while feeding them, and join them on a jungle trek that crosses the river over a bamboo bridge. In the afternoon you will have the chance to bathe the elephants, followed by whitewater rafting down the river.

Elephant Delight

ELEPHANT DELIGHT

This ethical elephant tour offers the perfect chance to experience being with elephants in a lovely natural setting in a small group, accompanied by an experienced tour guide. Prepare food and feed the elephants and then join them on a scenic uphill forest walk. Bathe the elephants in the river, and then cross to the other side in a bamboo raft.

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MAJESTIC ELEPHANT PROJECT

Arriving at this ethical elephant project, located in a scenic valley near Chiang Mai, meet the herd and get to know them a little while feeding them. Join the elephants on a hike through jungle hill trails, handing them fruit along the way, and after lunch, bathe the elephants in the river. The day ends with a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure down the Mae Taeng River.

All of our Saddle Off Projects are eco friendly and follow sanitation and safety standards to reduce the risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19

SADDLE OFF PROJECTS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Chiang Mai - North

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PAMPER A PACHYDERM

This is the first ethical elephant sanctuary created where the traditional activities of elephant camps were transformed under the Saddle Off model. Guests spend meaningful time with these elderly elephants now enjoying their retirement roaming in nature, foraging, and socializing. End the day white water rafting to Elephant Nature Park to observe the herds.

Elephant Green Hill Project

ELEPHANT GREEN HILL

Experience elephants living a better life near Chiang Mai as part of a small group of guests with the chance to feed them and observe them interacting. The project is home to a small herd of elephants now living in a beautiful, natural environment. The project includes a reforestation program where visitors help to plant trees to revitalize the surrounding forest.

Chiang Mai - South

Elephant Sanctuary Karen Elephant Home

KAREN ELEPHANT HOME

This elephant sanctuary offers the special experience of visiting a century old Karen settlement and spending time with two magnificent, gentle elephant brothers. By visiting this project you will gain insights into the nature of this remarkable species while feeding them, walking with them in nature, watching them play in the mud, and bathe in the river.

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KAREN ELEPHANT RETIREMENT

Join us for an unforgettable experience spending time with elephants in a beautiful natural setting in Northern Thailand, including a waterfall. The elephants here now enjoy a better life, free from elephant riding or performing in shows, with time to forage, roam, play, and socialize. The Karen family has a long history of living and working with elephants.

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KAREN ELEPHANT OASIS

This elephant sanctuary near Chiang Mai offers guests an amazing experience being with elephants in beautiful natural surroundings including a jungle canopy and a cascading stream. Feed the elephants, walk with them along hillside jungle trails, watching them forage, and later watch them take a mud bath and bathe them in the stream.

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ELEPHANT FREEDOM

Dress in traditional Karen clothing and enjoy a relaxing day with the elephants, including elephant mothers and their young. This Saddle Off project is suitable for all ages and includes a short nature walk with the elephants. Take some amazing photos of the elephants playing in the mud pit together and later bathe them in the river.

During the unprecedented time brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in a collapse of tourism in Thailand, all of our Saddle Off projects were closed since March 2020. While some of our Saddle Off projects have now reopened to visitors, many are still closed. If you are in a position to help buy food for the elephants, any gift would be gratefully received. Thank you for your kind support.

Volunteer with Elephants

One Week - Thailand & Cambodia

Elephant foraging as a herd at Journey to Freedom ethical elephant sanctuary

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM

Become an elephant sanctuary volunteer and spend an unforgettable week in the jungle with a small group of volunteers caring for the elephants and learning about the Karen people who have a generations-old tradition of working with elephants. You will have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of the elephants and people in the local community.

Elephants grazing at Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia ethical elephant sanctuary

ELEPHANT SANCTUARY CAMBODIA

Join our eco-volunteer program and play a vital role in helping to protect and regenerate 25,000 acres of forest so that elephants and other native species can re-populate the wildlife reserve. The elephants at this project are free to roam the sanctuary, offering volunteers the special experience of observing them foraging and socializing at will in nature.

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ELEPHANT HOMESTAY KHUN CHAI THONG

Join our elephant sanctuary volunteer program and help rehabilitate elephants rescued from street begging, now returned to their owner’s villages to live a more natural life, free to roam, take mud baths, and socialize with the herd. Volunteers will experience a traditional homestay with plenty of time to observe and care for the elephants.

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SURIN PROJECT

Spend a week volunteering with like-minded people from around the globe and positively impact the lives of elephants living in Surin. Get to know the Kuy people, whose relationship with elephants is centuries-old and spend meaningful time with the elephants. Activities include feeding and bathing the elephants as well as planting grass and saplings.

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