Elephant Freedom Project
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Visit us and experience a special elephant encounter which is suitable for young and old, families, couples and single travelers. This is your chance to get a memorable impression of a day in the life of 2 Sri Lankan captive elephants who are not being used for working nor riding. The small family run Elephant Freedom Project offers refuge, freedom from work and hardship to the 2 elephants both named Kumari. At the project they are free from working in the riding industry and the wood logging. The Elephant Freedom Project aims to give them a good and safe home, which is made possible thanks to your visit! Booking in advance required.
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Mary M
4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
I can not say other words than HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
This was without a doubt one of our favorite exeperience in Sri lanka. We have been always very reluctant to go to any elephant sanctuary due to the horror stories of chains and beatings to keep the animals in control. We also refused to go to anywhere that condoned elephant riding but then we found the elefant freedom project, who rescue elephants from captivity and actually care for them. We liked that the sessions accept only a maximum of 8 people so the animal does not feel overwhelmed and people have the opportunity to connect with the animal. In ours, we were the only ones that evening, which made our experience even more special. The guys were amazing, they introduced us first with a very nice lunch followed by a bath session with the elephant, a long walk with her where we were able to feed her along the way, and we finished with a visit to the elephant paper factory and a sri lankan tea. We created a very special connection no only with Kumari but with the people that run the project, we are feel very proud and happy to have been able to contribute to such a beautiful cause and made friends on the way!! Thank you elephant freedom project!!
Written January 27, 2022
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Rainer
7 contributions
Sep 2022
This was one of the best nature experience ever - feeling, washing and touching elephants, feeding them and learning so much about their life, habits and behaviors. And this paired with the knowledge of helping those former working elephants living a life without anymore human created pain. The project itself is run by a Sri Lankian family with very nice and knowledgeable staff. Only can recommend to make this experience instead of riding elephants against their wills.
Written September 11, 2022
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twitchywitch
London, UK10 contributions
Aug 2022
It's all very well seeing elephants in the wild. But let's be honest, how many of us would love the chance to get up close and personal with one? The problem is most places that allow you to do that don't spare a thought about the distress it may cause to the animal. EFP is elephant-centric, not tourist-centric. So you fit in with the elephant's lifestyle, not the other way around. This is a retirement home for Ele's who used to work giving rides to tourists or in the logging industry, so they are used to human interaction and won't be able to be returned to the wild. Here you can walk with the elephants, touch and feed them ( they love that!) and then take them to the river for a good scrub and a bath. Having persuaded my American relatives who wanted to ride an ele that we can still enjoy them without damaging their backs, I watched my nephews 7yrs & 9 hug kiss feed and wash these beautiful creatures to their hearts' content. Kasun our guide also made sure this was an educational experience not just a sensational FB selfie posting opportunity. As well as learning about the ele, themselves we learned how we can co-exist with them sustainably. This is a brilliant project, that works responsibly within the cultural parameters to provide better lives & tourist encounters for these majestic creatures. Truly inspirational. I hope we see more of these.
Written August 10, 2022
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Jonas
3 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
We spent 3 weeks volunteering at EFP and it was an absolutely outstanding experience. We got to help carry out various meaningful projects and also got to propose and create our own. The loving family, the sweet coordinators and the rest of the team took great care of us every day. It is THE best place to meet, care for and learn about elephants, but also to gain insight in the sri lankan culture through family dinners, cooking classes and day trips. The way the former working elephants are treated at this place is unique and all the effort pays off when you see and feel how happy they are. You will quickly fall in love with their two elephants named Kumari. We would recomend staying here at least a week to experience the bonds being created between you and the elephants. Also, once you get to know the house dog Leo he is simply the sweetest dog - just remember treats! We will definitely return to this place! Thank you!
Written March 3, 2022
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Amandine R
11 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Amazing place with real respect fot elephants!
Many places in sri lanka are called 'orphanages' but in fact they hit elephants to make them obey.
Here, only one elephant (kumari was saved 3 years ago after having being ill treated for wood industry) but all the staff is so careful about her! She is not hurt and she is cherished by her keeper.
Only small groups (max 6 persons) so you really have the time to spend quality time woti het. About 1hour of walk and 30 minutes of bathing!
Visit of dung factory is really interesting!
Staff is really knowledgeable and nice. Their english is perfect which is rare in sri lanka!
You end the half day with a very good rice and curry.
Strongly recommended
Nb : your driver may try to convince you this place is not good. Not a surprise it is the only place that refuse to pay commission to drivers (our driver even invented a far fetched story about it!!)
You can go in trust to this place if you are animals lovers!
Written February 28, 2020
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Heather B
5 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
One of my favourite days in Sri Lanka was visiting the elephants here. There were two elephants when we went and that was plenty. Abuse to the elephants here is forbidden, including rides. This was the only place around that didn’t have the elephants chained or using abusive techniques to keep them tamed. It was simply the bond between the keeper and the elephant that kept the elephants calm and feeling safe, seeing this was beautiful. You get to wash the elephants, feed them, and walk with them. They also provide tasty food (our lunch was included but dinner might be extra) and accommodation if needed. The guide was very joyful and passionate about caring for the elephants and shared many fun facts and was honest if he didn’t know something. The elephants seemed as happy as they can be given they have been domesticated and have past trauma. They still have visible scars from when they used to be in chains. We did the experience in the rain and I wouldn’t say it made the day any less amazing. The price seemed a lot but is 100% worth it and even a long journey is worth this experience!
Written April 16, 2022
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Tiffany G
Muscat, Oman4 contributions
Jan 2020
Highly recommend the Elephant Freedom Project to all visiting Sri Lanka!!! It was by far the highlight of our two-week trip!!! The guide was a very kind, friendly and soft-spoken man providing us with interesting information on Kumari and elephants in Sri Lanka. It was a very intimate setting with just 9 of us on the tour which added to the overall experience. They also fed us a yummy lunch in their home afterwards. It was our first day in Sri Lanka and didn't realize how strong the sun is, so recommend everyone to bring hats, sunscreen and bug repellant, as we had left that in the car.
Written February 2, 2020
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Varda Rz
Dubai, United Arab Emirates184 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Elephants are such majestic animals and yet so lovable. Elephant orphanage are doing a great and honorable job of giving a new life to rescued elephants. They also give us a chance to spend time with them and understand how amazing it is to be near a beautiful elephant & create some unforgettable memories. No matter where you are in Sri Lanka, a visit to Elephant Freedom Project is highly recommended by me ❤️.
Written April 25, 2022
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Paul Waterfield
Leicester, UK10 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
A superb experience from start to finish. We opted for the stay over package and are glad we did. Staying with the family we enjoyed an evening meal the night prior learning about the history of the project as well as local culture. We felt very blessed that they opened their home to us. The following morning feeling refreshed after a hearty breakfast, we were well ready for the morning excursion. The guide, supporting staff and elephant keepers did a great job , explaining all about the wellness of the two elephants, the reason for the project,l and allowing personal time with the elephants. There was no time pressures, we went with the flow of what the elephants wanted to do. The highlight for us was washing the elephants in the river, they truly enjoyed the fuss given! The event was finished with a good feed to send us fuelled up for the onward journey. A big thank you to everyone involved.
Written April 11, 2022
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Kirsten J
35 contributions
Dec 2019
The Elephant Freedom Project feels educational and different to the other elephant experiences I heard about in Sri Lanka. There is just one elephant and you spend the half day caring for her. Your guide is really informative and I left with a real understanding of how easy it is for tourism to abuse elephants. You really got to feel like you understood Kumari and it was an unforgettable experience. This is different to going somewhere where you see lots of elephants but worth it to get to spend time with the elephant with only a few other people (there were just 4 in our group) and learn about them.
Written January 15, 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM