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Mondulkiri Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary

Author: Debz
Date of Trip: October 2016

An experience of a lifetime… to spend a day with free roaming (rescued) Asian elephants at Mondulkiri Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary, Sen Monorom, Cambodia.

The morning starts with a beautiful, leisurely walk through wonderful scenery to locate the elephants on the hill.  You then get to spend a little over two hours enjoying the elephants company, taking photographs and learning about them and their habitat.  Just sitting there and watching the elephants eat and roam freely and without a care in the world is something special.  You will have trouble choosing your favourite photographs.

A delicious lunch is prepared by the chef at the Sanctuary and, providing you haven’t eaten too much it’s off to the river and waterfall for a most welcome swim in crystal clear water.

After a hot drink we cut some banana trees and fed these to the elephants, which was great fun… how agile are those trunks.?

Following close behind the elephants, we go down to the river and waterpool to bathe the elephants.  This was so much fun, even the rain didn’t dampen our enjoyment.

An hour or so later and we make our way back to the Sanctuary for hot drinks, chatting non stop about our awesome day and looking at each others photographs.  This truly was a “once in a lifetime experience” and one I’m going to recommend to everyone.

The best thing about Mondulkiri Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary is that it’s an NGO charity, which means 100% of what you pay goes to the elephants, conservation and indigenous people… NOT into a private individuals back pocket, like most of them.

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