3 Elephant tours and Projects; Editor’s Pick
This week I’ve picked 3 of my favourite Elephant tours and projects.
All of our Elephant tours and projects put conservation front and centre, as we believe that all eco travel should. Globally the Elephant is listed as vulnerable at best and it’s thanks in no small part to the efforts of dedicated Elephant lovers that the species is holding it’s own in some places. Sadly the Elephant has been a victim of poaching in many areas for their valuable ivory and despite international efforts to ban the ivory trade Elephants still fall victim to this fate.
When picking my favourites Elephant tours and projects I wanted to focus squarely on those that made a real difference. With that in mind these trips are definitely for the traveller who likes to get their hands dirty. Nights will usually be spent under canvas, camping as close as possible to the elephants you’ll be helping but you’ll always get a warm meal and the amazing hospitality of the local people who’s culture you’ll be immersed in.
The Great Elephant Project
Travelling deep into the heart of the Sri Lankan jungle you’ll spend your days helping ecological research on the Wasgamuwa region’s elephant population. This elephant tour is a great opportunity to get involved in real conservation work that benefits the elephants ongoing survival. The tour immerses you into the Sri Lankan culture, you’ll experience the amazing food and hospitality on offer as you make friends for life (and that’s just the Elephants!).
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Desert Elephant Conservation
You’ll travel to the sandy plains of Namibia for this elephant tour. Where you’ll be tasked with helping the conservation efforts of two populations of African desert Elephants. What we really love about this trip is the chance you get to travel to local schools and help educate the children on the importance of the work being undertaken. The trip isn’t all work though, there’s plenty of time to relax with your fellow travellers and meet and spend time with the locals.
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The Great Orangutan and Pygmy Elephant Project
OK so this is a bit of a two for one special! Not only do you get to travel to the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain Rainforest in Sabah, Borneo and meet the pygmy Elephants but you also get to help in the Orangutan conservation too. Your help on this project is invaluable as it’s estimated there are only 1,500 pygmy Elephants left in the wild. Whilst there you’ll also have plenty of time to explore the jungle, take boat trips and sample the local customs and food.
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I hope this has given you a taste for some of the amazing Elephant Tours and Projects we’re involved in. Not only are they a great chance to play an active role in Elephant conservation but you get the chance to visit some spectacular countries and meet a diverse range of cultures along the way.