It surely is a highly respectable initiative: the organisation buys elephants that were wounded, abandoned or even mistreated. Some of the elephants were forced to work in the logging or tourism industry. The Elephant Nature Park provides a warm and safe home to these animals: they care for them, provide food and most importantly companionship and safe surroundings. Not only elephants are welcome though: it is also a rehabilition and rescue center for cats, dogs, buffaloes, pigs, … basically any type of animal in need or distress. It was so nice to be around people who care so much for these animals. Their passion is inspirational.
We spent one day at the park, but there is a wide variety of options: you can stay for a couple of days or even a few weeks. One full day isn’t cheap, but it is truly worth it. It is heartwarming to be able to contribute just a tiny bit to this selfless initiative. During a one-day visit you get to feed them, you can bathe them in the river and you can watch them play and roam around in their new safe environment. Our guide was simply fantastic: she narrated the stories about the animals in a highly compelling manner.