Experience to learn how to be an Elephant Caretaker or ‘Mahout’ in a one-day adventure
The mahouts have a special bond with each elephant based on trust, respect and understanding. It is awe-inspiring to observe the complex communication and gentle interaction between the mahouts and the elephants. We are fortunate to have mahouts in our company who care deeply for the welfare of our elephants, while sharing, teaching and bringing our guests into their special world.
The adventure begins:
Spend a whole day learning how to be a ‘mahout’ – an elephant caretaker.
Change into a mahout’s outfit and take a short walk out to meet with the elephants.
Alongside a real mahout, you will learn how to approach the elephants, judge their temperament and gain their trust.
You will be able to help prepare some food for the elephants, which you will get from a local market, then feed them and be amazed as you watch their trunks skillfully scoop up the food offered to them.
After watching them eating, having already secured your special bond with the elephant and gained its trust, observe or maybe even help out the mahouts as they bathe and play with the elephants, which helps the animals cool off and cleanse their thick skins,
Learn how the mahouts develop close bonds with these majestic animals.
Watch close-up the unique forms of communication and trust between the elephant and the mahout
Experience buying elephant food from local people and stores.
Watch as the elephant trusts the mahout to help them eat, bathe and play.
Great opportunities for photographs and unique close- up interaction with the elephants.
8am. Pickup from hotel in Khao Lak. (The exact pickup time will be confirmed with your booking.)
9am. Meet your guide and receive a briefing on how to be Mahout and safety measures
9.30am. Visit the Mahout’s hut, change into mahout clothing.
10.30am. Go to buy food for elephant from local people near the elephant camp.
11.30 am. Prepare food for elephants and make herbal vitamin snack balls for the elephants and have fun feeding them.
12.30. Enjoy a delicious Buffet Lunch at the elephant camp
14.00. Watch, learn, observe and maybe even join the mahouts as they interact, bathe and play with the elephants in their natural environment as you also learn about the animal’s behavior and history.
You will, of course have plenty of wonderful close-up photo opportunities with the elephants.
15.30 Depart from the elephant camp back to your hotel
What to bring
Change of clothes
Small amount of cash
Pickup times (Approximate) – will be confirmed with your booking confirmation
Kekkuk 08.00 – 08.15 am
Bang Niang 08.15 – 08.30 am
Bangsak 08.30 – 08.45 am