FULL DAY PICTURE ITINERARY & SCHEDULE:
- Pick up from our office or from the main street of Sen Monorom (Road NH76). Pick up can also be arranged from Nature Lodge for advance bookings. We will head south to the sanctuary (14km, about 20 minutes from Sen Monorom ). The day starting point offers some lovely views over the forest corridor, protected from logging and other negative human impact, by the Mondulkiri Elephants & Wildlife Sanctuary project.
- We begin the day with a short scenic trek through the forest corridor & learn about the importance of protecting this special place: We will be going through different habitats & visiting an ancient tribal worship place called “Elephant Rock”.
- From here we descend into the forest to visit a sacred Bunong “spirit forest” and hear about local indigenous culture & traditional conservation values & beliefs. During the morning hours, there is a fair chance to observe birds & other forest wildlife. We will occasionally stop to observe points of natural interest and to enjoy the jungle views over the valley.
- We will hike through the beautiful sanctuary elephant forest to meet up with some of the elephants, foraging freely in the jungle. We will follow to watch the elephants interact & eat bamboo, grasses and different plant roots as natural medicine. We can take photos of the elephants enjoying life in their natural environment. Your guide will introduce you to the sanctuary elephants and tell you about the local elephant tradition of the Bunong indigenous people of Mondulkiri.
- Time to have lunch, rest and relax in some hammocks and go for a refreshing swim at the Sanctuary’s natural waterfall pool. The rainforest surrounding the falls is a good place to see birds & wildlife. We will also see LEAF’s renewable energy power & water pumping systems.
- After lunch we will walk down to the elephant pool where we meet up with the sanctuary team and help feed the elephants and watch the elephants have their daily bath, skin checkup. Visitors can get in the water & help wash Meakom or Chellot.
- We’ll observe the elephants apply a fresh mud coat - which is important in order to keep their skin moist, protected, and healthy. Elephants love grooming each other, scratching against trees and playing in the mud. The elephant grooming session can get pretty wet & messy!
- We head over to the sanctuary visitor center where we get together for a hot drink while learning about a LEAF’s mission & conservation projects.
- Time to say goodbye to the ellies & the sanctuary team and walk towards our pick up point before being driven back to Sen Monorom.
Please note : Itinerary time tables are general - Time schedule may change in case of seasonal storms, special personal needs or any other special conditions. Swimming may not be possible following heavy rains while local rivers swells.
- Spend a day of hiking the sanctuary forest - meeting the sanctuary’s retired elephant & native wildlife & experience Mondulkiri’s natural habitats.
- By visiting - contribute to a community based, local conservation project in Mondulkiri & support wildlife rehabilitation.
- Learn about Mondulkiri’s culture and traditions – visit an indigenous “spirit” forest.
- Visit the retired elephants and their indigenous caretakers, observe natural elephant behavior as they romp through the jungle.
- Help with feeding, washing and, caring for elephants ethically (without elephant riding).
- Lunch at the Sanctuary base camp, swimming at a secret rainforest waterfall.
Hike level: Easy - moderate, Family friendly: 4 year old children and over Group size : 1-12 visitors per group Tour Code: 1D, Suitable season: All seasons except for heavy rain days, Contribution: $40 per person, Children under 6 yrs join parents free of charge, Children below 14 yrs old are half rate. Pls inquire for group rates.
As visitor numbers are limited - Please send an inquiry to arrange your visit in advance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I need to pack in preparation for hikes and forest visits?
Where is the Mondulkiri Sanctuary and how to get there?
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- Comfortable footwear for hiking ( your shoes might get wet while crossing rivers).
- Swimming clothes and towel or sarong
- Light, long sleeved clothing to wear during the day (best to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty).
- A hat and sun protection. Insect repellent. Rain coat or poncho. Torch. Camera.
- For overnight tours:
- A change of day clothes. Warm clothes and socks to wear at night. A flashlight.
- Transportation, guiding, lunch and water are provided. You can bring additional snack foods.