Usual daily schedule
|08.30||You will be collected from your accommodation for the 10 minute drive to the camp.|
|09.00||Training with your elephant and mahout.|
|10.00||Relaxation/activities in the camp and village.|
|11.30||Traditional Thai lunch.|
|13.00||Training with your elephant and mahout.|
|14.00||Caring for your elephant, relaxation/activities around the camp.|
|15.00||Collection from the camp and return to your accommodation or take part in optional afternoon activity.|
Saturday afternoon and Sunday are your free time to explore the local area or take trips to places of interest. Our local staff will be happy to advise on places to visit.
Please be aware that there may be certain times when it is not possible to work the elephants, such as when it is very hot or raining heavily and that the above schedule is a guideline only and subject to change according to circumstances.
What you’ll learn
Throughout your time at the elephant mahout project you will train with one elephant. You will follow a progressive training course during which you will notice your elephant start to recognise you and become responsive towards you – it’s an amazing feeling when your elephant first shows you this recognition!
On the first day your elephant needs to get to know you – particularly the sound of your voice and your scent. Today you will walk with your elephant through the mahout village and surrounding forest learning from your mahout and guide the commands to make your elephant follow you, stop, turn, lift its leg, drink etc. You will also feed your elephant and keep its living area at the camp clean and help your mahout to give the elephant a shower.
On the second day you will start the day again walking with your elephant, then, if you wish, you will learn how to climb on your elephant – don’t worry everyone needs help the 1st time! After a short ride on the elephant’s neck through the village, learning from your mahout and guide the different commands for your elephant, you will learn the equally important art of getting down! In the afternoon you will take a longer ride on the elephant’s neck through the forest and the surrounding countryside. (Note: riding on your elephant is optional and if you prefer to walk beside her instead, that’s absolutely fine too.
After the first two days you will continue to ride your elephant through the forest and surrounding countryside, following different routes and covering different terrain as your experience and confidence grow. You will also learn how to ride in the tourist chair – learning and using different commands – and help to install and remove the tourist chair. As you progress through your training you will be given more responsibility in the care of your elephant.