This camp claims to be all about the conservation of elephants but I saw no evidence of that. The poor elephants seemed old, tired and overworked.
As for the guides, well, I found them to be very disdainful- laughing at us, smoking cigarettes all the while we were on the tour and then trying to flog us what looked like ivory goods at the end. They also carried these horrible, intimidating looking spikes, presumably to keep the elephants in line. I didn't actually witness them hit the elephants with them however it was evident they do at times from all the cuts on the poor beasts. Maybe the guides have no choice but to use them if the elephant decides to be unruly but that said they are kept in shackles so I wouldn't imagine they would get very far should they did decide to bolt. Who could blame them for trying to escape anyway?!
The 'jungle' they take you through seemed more like wasteland to me, not pretty or exotic in any way like I'd hoped. We opted for the swimming with elephants as well- don't bother, the water was really filthy and I was ill for days afterwards.
That said, I enjoyed seeing the elephants and they seemed to enjoy the feeding session which was just before we went swimming. However this is purely a commercial enterprise where the animals are not treated well overall and have little quality of life. Very sad. Next time I want to see elephants I will go on safari and see them in the wild, where they belong.
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