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Spend the day with an Ellie - completely ethical!

An amazing experience - you'll be in your elephant! No riding, chains or bullhoeks used here - the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Alex R
via mobile
An experience not to be missed !

My husband and I , with our 12 year old daughter spent the day here. When we arrived we were made... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Warwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

I’ve choosen to book a whole day at this project. In the morning I was there with another solo traveller from Germany and we had a great time walking and feeding the elephant Sita. We prepared lunch together and started the afternoon by washing/scrubbing Sita in the lake. Afterwards I would normally visit a local school but because it was a holiday, the plans were changed. We climbed a rock with a great view instead.

I had a lovely stay with the family who did all they could to make my experience as nice as possible. Also a big thanks to the two boys who guided the day, you guys were awesome!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank JillyBekkers
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

We volunteered here for a week and we are sooo happy we did. We could definitely tell that Nilame (the elephant) was very happy. They didn’t use chains, and the mahout never used his hook. He only carried it with him because that is Sri Lanka law. He was very patient with Nilame and you could tell they loved each other. We highly recommend going here over elephant organizations that allow you to ride. We could definitely tell the difference between Nilame and other elephants, he was much more happy. Nilame used to be a riding elephant and you can see how that has effected him. His right front foot is very swollen, and he has big scars on his back.
We are happy we stayed here for a week because the family was so nice and welcoming. Molly, Lila, and everyone else were so warm. Not to mention they made the best food!!
We will be back one day and are happy that such an ethical organization exists- it is rare!

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank talia679
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

We booked for the whole day and it was worth every penny, the mahout was excellent and when we went to the river the guide was very good, forgotten his name, but I remember he told me that he had only been there about 3 week s, cooking lesson was also a great experience with young and old all in the kitchen and it tasted great. Please go and support

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank brendang315
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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

After arriving in Pinnawala we were torn between visiting the Elephant Orphanage or the Freedom Project. We definitely made the right choice! This project is a must for a all Elephant lovers who wish to see an elephant in their natural habitat.
We emailed the company late at night an opted for the afternoon session the following day, paying online in the morning as they do not take cash or card at the project.
We met Nilame in the river where he was being scrubbed by his Mahout, joining him to assist was one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had.
We then followed Nilame on his walk and we were able to feed him with Melon before waving him on his way.
A short visit to the dung paper factory was enlightening and we purchased some excellent gifts for our family.
Our guide was excellent throughout, providing interesting information about Asian elephants.
Please follow our lead and support this wonderful project over the elephant tourist traps near by.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Therush33
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Brilliant stay at the elephant freedom project. Choose this experience as it is best for the elephant itself, no riding him!The family were lovely and very welcoming. The house is really nice also. We arrived quite late the night before and they kindly had dinner waiting for us. The day with Nilame (elephant) was a day I’ll never forget. We walked and fed the gentle giant before having a cooking lesson. We then bathed him and finally went to a school to help locals improve their English skills. This was all in all a brill experience.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Jugz27
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