Your day starts with being welcomed by our local Sri Lankan family or coordinator in their beautiful house with a nice cup of tea.
After a short introduction you can help mocking out the elephant enclosure before joining the elephant(s) on the daily morning walk. It is very important for elephants to get plenty of exercise. This walk is guided by the keeper (mahout) who is the only one who can control the elephant.
When the elephant(s) are back in the enclosure it is time for us to have a well deserved break. After the break you can enjoy the authentic Sri Lankan cooking lesson in the kitchen of the local family.
In the early afternoon you go washing Manika in the nearby river before we go on the second walk of the day.
On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays you can join us when we go to a local school for English conversation. This is a lot of fun and helps the children to improve their English skills.
This concludes the day visit. If you stay for the night now it’s time to relax and later enjoy the evening meal.
All activities are done at your leisure and if you'd rather sit back, relax and simply enjoy watching Manika, that is no problem either. We offer additional activities and excursions such as yoga classes and trips to interesting must see places both world famous and off the beaten track. Ask us for more information.
Why we started the Elephant Freedom Project
We are situated in Sri Lanka and are trying to improve the life of captive elephants. As animal lovers we didn't like witnessing the hardship we were seeing; day in, day out the same suffering and nothing we could do about it. We strive to create an environment without the usual abuse and hardship that goes on so often.
We started thinking, what if we could create a place where the elephants don’t have to work? What if we could start a project where the elephants are free from being ridden and being a tourist attraction? What if we can have a place where they are happy, walk around freely, drink when they want, can play, get excellent care and all the love we can give? These are our goals, however our road is very difficult with many set backs and we are far from where we would like to be. We are still a very young project, we have just opened October 2013 and are very determined towards change and with your help we are slowly -but steadily- getting there!
We are the only place in Sri Lanka that tries to improve the lives of privately owned elephants (see about) without offering rides or any other elephant entertainment.
The Elephant Freedom Project is the alternative to all these places where elephants are still used as a tourist attraction usually accompanied by animal cruelty.
*The above activities are subject to change