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“Amazing 2 days”

Elephant Valley Project
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Owner description: The Elephant Valley Project is an elephant sanctuary in Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. Here we rescue and retire captive working Asian elephants and slowly rehabilitate them back to their natural habitat within our 650 hectare grounds. If you are heading to Cambodia and have some free time then it is well worth heading over to us and checking out our herd of elephants. Day trips usually involve two walks through the forest learning about these amazing creatures, with a buffet lunch overlooking the forest canopy.Please be aware that we don't ride elephants, as we consider it unnecessary. Accommodation is also available for people who are staying two or more days.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Had an amazing time spending 2 days with the Elephants, learning about them and getting to know the lovely staff of the Elephant Valley Project. They are doing a great job helping the community and these gentle giants.

Thank sarah n
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

What a privilege to spend a day 'walking with elephants' in what was one of the highlights of our trip to SE Asia. The day was well organised by people who are clearly passionate about improving the lives of these amazing creatures, many of which have had pretty tough working lives. Expertly guided, you will come away with great insights into the history of each animal you spend time with (in our case 4) as well as seeing how they live up close. Watching one deftly pick ginger plants, knocking off the excess soil against a tree trunk, eating the roots and discarding the leaves will stay with me for a long time!

Thank afryer
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

It's hard to express in words what an amazing experience the day was.
Early morning trek through the jungle to a location where the elephants make an appearance...
You hear the sounds of the elephants trumpeting before you see them which sends a chill down your body with excitement and anticipation of what the day's experience shall be.
Such a beautiful sight of elephants wandering to the morning feeding spot and bath time splashing about and covering themselves in mud.
The tour guide Joel and the local guide were exceptional with knowledge and care regarding the space required for the elephants to be just as they should be- "wild elephants"
I loved the sights, sounds and smell of the jungle with elephants roaming around doing what they wished. Perhaps a bit of eating, bit of a scratch, mud bath or just being in the water - any order they wished.
You follow them through the jungle absorbing the wonder of what they do in the beautiful wilderness.
Many photo opportunities to keep a hard copy of what you have experienced and show to loved ones.
After a few hours you head back to base camp for lunch and recuperation.
Once again you are off down the valley to meet up with a couple more elephants just going about their daily business, on route you may hear monkeys and see lots of stunning butterflies, along with unusual plant life.
We thoroughly enjoyed our adventure and would whole heartedly recommended others to see what the project is about.
It's about as real as you can get with no gimmicks. However, if we were to do this again, we'd probably opt for half day option. The reason being, latter part of the day was very similar to the morning and our personal feeling was that we'd be happy doing just the morning session. Having said that, doing full day affords one opportunity to spend much more time with various elephants.


1  Thank sebsonamission
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

It's all about the elephants and what's best for them — and that's exactly how it should be. Ten elephants, rescued or retired after hard working lives, are allowed to wander the forest and finally just be elephants. The staff are totally dedicated to the elephants' welfare, and visitors are able to follow the elephants in the forest, observing them and learning about their lives and about what the project does for them, for the forest, and for the local Bunong people, whose lives, livelihoods, and belief systems are bound up with the forest and the elephants. It was a privilege to volunteer and be a small part of all this for a week, and a total pleasure to live, eat, and sleep in this very special forest environment for this short time. The elephants were wonderful, but so too were Connaugh, Tara, Duon, Chris, Toing, Puk, Jemma, all the mahouts, and the women who cooked and whose names I didn't learn. It was also an honor to help paint the local village school library with Sita. The birdlife, the forest trees and plants, the sound of the gibbons echoing around the valleys, and in no small measure the other like-minded visitors and volunteers who it was a pleasure to meet, get to know a little, and work alongside (Shelley! Andrew! Emily! Matt! Indigo! Deb! Tan!) — all added to the unique experience, which exceeded my most optimistic expectations. I hope to be back some day.

Thank Neil_of_Fayoum
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

After researching a few different elephant ‘sanctuary’ projects in Cambodia, I chose a 2 day/1 night visit to EVP and I’m so glad I did! From the moment you set foot in camp and begin to meet the staff and local guides it’s clear how knowledgeable and passionate the team are! I learned so much from them during my stay, not just about elephants and conservation but about the indigenous Bunong culture and traditions too. Getting up close to the elephants in their environment was just fantastic especially knowing how much space they have to wander, roam and eat (and gosh they can eat!). The project is constantly growing and changing to best meet the needs of the elephants and the local community (province). I also spent one morning volunteering with a small group in the nursery. The project really appreciates and relies on the help of volunteers as they are constantly striving to make the place as best as it can be! If you are interested in responsible elephant tourism, it’s true not all sanctuaries are the same, I would 100% recommend EVP! Thank you for a wonderful experience!!

1  Thank Jadss
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