This option is perfect for travellers on a tight budget or who are short on time. Spend the morning hiking 3-4 km out into the forest to meet a group of elephants. Here you will see them in their natural environment, a truly special experience which is not always easy to find over Southeast Asia.
Ele Lover – Full Day (7.30am-5.30pm)
Great for those who want to see elephants in their natural habitat!
Mondays – Friday
You will hike between 5-8 km in and around the stunning Cambodian jungle to observe two different elephant herds. Follow them as they play, graze and navigate their forested home. The Ele Lover full day program also gives travellers the opportunity to learn more about the elephants, the conservation work done by the EVP and the lives and culture of the local indigenous people.
Lunch is included and will be a Khmer style buffet lunch! Unlimited water refills are available at base camp.
Taste of the Jungle – 2 Days/1 Night (Day 1: 7.30 am – Day 2: 5.30 pm)
Incredible elephant experiences and a taste of volunteering!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
On the 2D/1N programme, you will have two elephant experiences, walking around 3-4km in total. As well as observing the elephants, you will also get involved in the volunteering work where you work on current projects alongside staff, locals and other volunteers. These projects can include, small building activities, farming for food for the elephants and reforestation.
Accommodation is provided in a shared room although upgrades can be requested at additional cost. (Please note, upgrades may not always be possible.) All meals are included (lunch x2, dinner, breakfast).
Return transport from Sen Monorom to EVP
Unlimited drinking water refills
Volunteering sessions (where applicable)
Accommodation (where applicable)
Meals (where applicable)
Can you cater to my dietary requirements?
The chefs at the EVP are more than happy to cater to dietary preferences. Please let them know of any requirements in advance of your visit.
Are there free water refills?
Free drinking water is available from the kitchen.
What does the volunteering involve?
Examples of previous projects include, building water towers, trail maintenance, digging trenches, constructing guesthouses and working on bamboo, pineapple and banana farms.
Volunteering work will usually involve manual labour and you will get sweaty and dirty! However, all of the volunteering projects help to keep the sanctuary running so your contribution is invaluable.
What should I bring?
Appropriate footwear (e.g. walking boots, trainers – no flip-flops!)
Trekking clothes (e.g. long trousers and shirts – no short shorts or visible cleavage to be sensitive to the indigenous communities and staff)
For a day trip:
Drinking water for morning forest trek. At lunch time, you can refill your bottle as base camp.
For an overnight stay:
Flashlight for us after generator stops in evenings
Refillable water bottle
Warm jumper (Nov-Feb)
Is the sanctuary located in a malaria risk area?
Yes. You are advised to take malaria preventative medication and practice bite avoidance. Long sleeves and trousers can help, as does mosquito repellent.
Are there laundry services?
Laundry is done free of charge for stays longer than 2 days.
In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 72 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
For cancellations made fewer than 72 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
You can request a change of date at any time.
Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker.
If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is more than 72 hours before the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link OR upon arrival at the destination.
The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
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