conservation tours & treks:

sanctuary day visit:

  • Visiting Sacred Indigenous Grounds
  • Morning trek - Visit a local
  • visiting the elephants in mondulkiri
  • Lunch picnic break at the sanctuary waterfall
  • Elephant washing and grooming

  •   Spend a day at the Elephant & wildlife Sanctuary & support community based forest conservation & wildlife rehabilitation programs in Mondulkiri.
  • Learn about our conservation projects, as well as about Mondulkiri’s culture and traditions – visit a sacred indigenous “spirit” forest.
  • Hike through the different natural habitats of the wildlife corridor.
  • Visit the elephants and their tribal care givers, observe natural elephant behavior as they romp through the jungle.
  •  Help with feeding, washing and, caring for elephants (without elephant riding)
  •  Lunch break at the Sanctuary base camp, swimming at a secret rainforest waterfall

  • Hike level: Easy - moderate,    Family friendly: 4 years old and over   Group size : 1-12 visitors per day    Tour Code: 1D,    Suitable season: All seasons except for very wet days,    Contribution: $40 per person,   Children under 5 yrs may join parents free of charge, Children below 16 yrs old are half rate, Special group discount available.



Note : Time table may change according to walking pace, fitness or special requests.  Schedule can changed in case of extreme weather, special needs or other special conditions, when the river swells, swimming will not be possible.

8.30am - 9.00am
From Sen Monorom To the Sanctuary:

Pick up from Nature Lodge, which is near our office or from the main street of Sen Monorom (Road NH76).
We head south to the Mondulkiri sanctuary (12km, about 20 minutes from Sen Monorom ). The day starting point offers some lovely views over the rainforest corridor, which is now protected from logging and other negative human impact, by the Mondulkiri Wildlife Sanctuary project.

9.00am – 10.00am
Morning trek through the Sanctuary rainforest, Indigenous spirit forest and “Elephant Rock”.
We begin the day with a short scenic trek through the valley & learn about the importance of protecting this special place: we will be going through different habitats & visiting the Sanctuary’s feed plantations & reforestation areas. We will be visiting a local sacred “spirit forest” an ancient tribal worship place called “Elephant Rock”. Arriving at the, we learn about local culture & traditional conservation values & believes.
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.

10.00am – 12.00pm    
Elephant discovery walk.
We will hike through the beautiful sanctuary elephant forest to meet up with 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.

12.00 – 1.30pm
Secret Waterfall, lunch and swimming.
 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.

1.30 – 3.30pm
Elephant feeding, bathing & grooming session.
We will then meet up with the sanctuary team and help feed the elephants, we then slowly walk down to the elephant pool: Daily skin checkup, wash and mud bath is important in order to keep their skin moist, protected, and healthy.
Next, it is time to lend a hand and have fun washing the elephants in the river, then watch them give each other a fresh mud coat. The elephants love grooming each other, scratching against trees and playing in the mud. The elephant grooming session can get pretty messy!

3.30pm – 4.30
The sanctuary visitor center
We head over to the sanctuary visitor center where we get together for a hot drink while learning about a LEAF’s wildlife rescue center & conservation projects & the sanctuary development plans.

4.30pm – 5.00pm
We say goodbye to the ellies & the sanctuary team and walk back out to our starting point before being driven back to Sen Monorom.

Please arrange your tour in advance, as visitor numbers are limited to 12 visitors per day

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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.

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