Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
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SevenoaksSinjun
Sevenoaks, UK1,524 contributions
Elephant Sanctuary
Mar 2020
Easy to find just a few miles along the road from Uduwalawe National Park. The main thing to see here is feeding time, which I believe is every three hours from 9am. The ticket office opens about 15 minutes before feeding, so you can comfortably walk to the viewing platform before the elephants arrive (I recommend standing at the right-hand end of the platform as you face the paddock for the best photo opportunities). At feeding time, the rescue elephants are released into the paddock, a few at a time, where they are fed a mix of nutrients in milk and water that they really enjoy. Then they're shepherded towards the guests at the viewing platform where there's a big pile of leafy tree branches for them to eat. These are all rescue elephants being brought back to full health before being released back into the national park, so it's for a good cause too.
Written May 6, 2020
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Maggi113
London, UK32 contributions
Good experience watching the elephants
Mar 2020
Came to the transit home after a jeep safari in the National Park.
Over 50 elephants counted, including many babies. We were there at feeding time which was quite amusing as the elephants were jostling for the food!
Interesting to see but not entirely sure where the elephants go after being here?
Written April 30, 2020
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robiwatts
Seaford, UK542 contributions
Better than some I guess!
Jan 2020 • Couples
I visited this site because I wanted to be sure that the elephants were well looked after. It apparently was linked to the BornFree project however I wasn’t too convinced. To be fair I saw only kindness towards the elephants who journey into the compound a couple of times a day to be fed with foliage and milk. From my somewhat truncated (!) visit I learned very little about where they came from and where in fact they were likely to be transferred to. I guess it’s better than a lot, no elephants in chains but being a voyeur gave it a rather zoo like approach.
I love elephants I love to see them but maybe better to leave them in the “wild” and watch them on the TV!
Thankful that there was no rides/washing etc but always feel that it could move this way.
I would be much happier paying a lot more to probably go to a hide in the jungle to watch them but that’s my view.
I wouldn’t return.
Written April 23, 2020
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Val P
1 contribution
terrible don't go.
Mar 2020
babies are hit with sticks even on there delicate trunks. Very upsetting, they all seemed frightened. Where are their mothers, so many babies? Tourist attraction at expense of the baby elephants. This is my second review of the place as my first was deleted....which says it all don't you think.
Written April 4, 2020
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scgrantham
Greater London, UK118 contributions
Gorgeous babies but........
Mar 2020
This to my mind was like a circus, bringing the babies in to be bottle fed so many at a time and some who were slow got moved on so quickly by who I would say was a mahout wielding a large cane. I did not like what I saw. So different from the Sheldrick centre in Kenya you never a see a stick or cane this upset me somewhat.
Written March 25, 2020
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SuenBrianSolihull
Solihull, UK130 contributions
Fantastic
Mar 2020
It was so lovely to see the elephants especially the baby ones. They only let so many into the compound at one time and to see them literally running towards the milk makes you smile or laugh out loud. A wonderful sight to watch and so worthwhile.
Written March 23, 2020
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,130 contributions
Good experience
Feb 2020
This was an interesting visit to see feeding time for the "baby " elephants. There is a range of ages and sizes but the antics of some just make you laugh. Sad that there are so many orphans but the need is there and this Transit Home achieves the end goal. Please visit dont be put off.
Written March 18, 2020
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FamTandL
West Yorkshire, UK22 contributions
Elephant transit home
Mar 2020 • Friends
The elephant transit home is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. The orphaned elephants are so well cared for and feeding time is a wonderful site. No gimmicks, no getting too close, just observing in their natural environment, preparing them to live life to the full as a wild elephant should. I cannot think of a better way of spending a few hours.
Written March 13, 2020
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blacktown2017
Sydney, Australia62 contributions
good place for good reason
Feb 2020
the local call it elephant orphanage, you get to see how injured elephant and baby ones are treated before they release them to the wild...i think they feed the elephants three times a day so please check the time before you get there, the place is well maintained any you sit under a shelter to watch the elephant eat and have a bath in the water
Written March 12, 2020
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Jazz Gumbo
London, UK629 contributions
A great experience
Mar 2020
To watch the Elephants being fed & watching them interact has been excellent and informative. Close enough to see the animals without disturbing them too much. A must do experience if you are in Sri Lanka.
Written March 10, 2020
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