The Elephant Back Safari was an unforgettable experience. An hour ride was really more than enough, so don't be concerned with the duration. After about 45 minutes, I was getting a little saddle sore! We didn't actually go down into the water, as you may see in some of the pictures. We did stop by the water for the elephants to grab a drink and for photos. They were happy to use our cameras for pictures. One tip--if you have a DSLR, put it in Live View mode. They seem to be more accurate with the aim when they are looking at the screen rather than through the viewfinder. There was time to feed and interact with the elephants after the ride, which made for great photos. They made a video of the whole thing, which they show you at the end and offer for $22. It was really wonderful and surprisingly high quality, so I bought it. Unfortunately, when I got back to the US, I discovered that they had sold me a blank disk. I've been in e-mail communication with them, but so far, I've not gotten my video. If you get a DVD, be sure to try it out before you leave. The transfers to my hotel were handled smoothly. It is a very well-run operation. Some fellow travelers went to another elephant safari, and their experience and video was not nearly as good as ours.
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