Myself and 2 friends spent a very enjoyable afternoon with Rahul and his Elephants at Elefantastic. It was apparent from the outset that these animals are well cared for and that it is clearly important to Rahul that visitors understand the importance of this. Having taken Elephant rides in other parts of Asia where Elephants are beaten and poked with hooked sticks, it was lovely to see that these animals are relaxed and comfortable with their environment and handlers.
Having worked with wildlife myself for over 30 years I feel qualified to pass judgement on how comfortable creatures are in their surroundings, these Elephants clearly are. The opportunity to mount an Elephant from trunk to back was a thrill and painting them was an opportunity to really interact on a personal level with them. I am quite sure you can find cheaper ways to ride an Elephant, however I don't think you will find a way that supports the local community and shows such concern for the happiness of the animals as this place does. From the introduction to the Elephants, delicious lunch provided by family members through to the wander through local forest, I had an Elefantastic day.
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