Your experience begins with a transportation service pick up from your accommodation between 8:15 am – 9:00 am. You will visit the mahout (elephant handler) village in Manifa Elephant Camp and learn about their daily routine as you watch a demonstration of an elephant health check. Your guide will explain the elephants while you watch as they examine the elephant’s eyes, ears, mouth, and feet and measure the body.
You will learn how to introduce yourself to your elephant and how to mount your elephant to ride bareback. Then you will have an intimate interaction with one of our elephant families. (One elephant for one person) You will ride your elephant and explore the jungle. These interactions and riding provide elephants with opportunities for exercise and stress relief. Finally, you feed and care for your elephant with organic vegetables and fruits. You will be offered a delicious buffet lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong river and elephants roaming free.
After lunch, you will learn verbal commands to communicate with elephants. Join the elephants for an afternoon dip in the Mekong River. You follow the ancient tradition of scrubbing your elephant to care for her skin. You will ride your elephant and go to the jungle and learn how elephants eat the jungle vegetation and how they take advantage of nature to care for their body and make herbal medication by themselves.
There will be time to shower and relax. Around 4:00 pm, we will take a boat from the Mekong River and return to Luang Prabang by boat. You can enjoy beautiful sunsets and scenery from the boat at the end of a day’s journey.