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Kulen Elephant Forest

STEP INTO THEIR WORLD

The Kulen Elephant Forest is a haven where retired elephants can interact freely, and are treated with the greatest care and attention. At the reserve, there are no tricks, no riding, and the elephants now roam and socialize unburdened, within 530 acres of lush forest.

The elephants at the Kulen Elephant Forest have spent most of their lives working in the tourism industry and are enjoying a long-awaited and well-deserved retirement. Here in the forest, they can finally roam free and unburdened. They will rediscover relationships, natural foods they haven’t eaten in years, and receive the best of care.

Our mission is to provide our residents with a happy and comfortable retirement but also to offer a fun, educational approach to elephant conservation and contribute as much as possible to preserving the remaining elephants of Cambodia.

RECENT REVIEWS

"I have a massive passion for animals and during my trip to Asia I wanted to see Elephants that were happy, free and well cared for. On this trip I was not disappointed. We were picked up by our tour guide Seth from the City and taken to the sanctuary. Seth made the hour long journey go by quickly providing us with lots of information on Cambodia and the people who live there. Once at the sanctuary we were overwhelmed by the care put into these animals. We started with feeding 3 elephants and then we went on a walk with them and got to meet the other elephants who were enjoying their afternoon walk in the area also. After we went on a walk through the jungle. The elephants the whole time were free to roam wherever they please. After the elephants can have the option to go for a swim whilst we had a delicious local snack. You then make food for the elephants and get to feed them again. You end the day with giving all the elephants a wash and then they leave to eat again and rest for the evening. This day was perfect! Excellent job to all the staff for taking care of these wonderful animals." ~ Katie C

"This was an amazing afternoon ! You can be close to the elephants, play with them, walk with them, see them in their natural surroundings. Knowing that this project respects and includes the community is also really important. Do not hesitate if you are in Siem Reap!" ~ Melissa B

OVERVIEW

In the foothills of Kulen Mountain and the Kulen National park approximately one hour from Siem Reap, lies the Bos Thom Community Forest, 1100 acres of protected forest inhabited by the 14 elephants of Angkor. For 22 years, these elephants have given rides to visitors in the temples of the world heritage site. Today, they roam free in their natural habitat and are living testimony of a changing world. 

With 75 remaining captive elephants in Cambodia, the protection of this amazing animal is more critical than ever. A visit to the Kulen Elephant Forest will not only help the elephants of Angkor but all elephants in Cambodia through the KEF’s longer term objectives, for we believe in the power of education and tourism as drivers for conservation.

Every tour departs from the Kulen office in downtown Siem Reap where their shuttle will take you on a one hour drive to the Kulen Elephant Forest. Once at the reserve, you will spend time learning about elephants as you follow them through their natural habitat, observing their relationships and behaviors.

Dietary: All meals are served with vegetarian options. Unfortunately, vegan options are currently unavailable. Please notify us of your dietary restrictions.

Recommended Items: Sports shoes, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, mosquito spray, an outfit that can get dirty.

 

THE EXPERIENCES

Every tour departs from the Kulen office in downtown Siem Reap where their shuttle will take you on a one hour drive to the Kulen Elephant Forest. Once at the reserve, you will spend time learning about elephants as you follow them through their natural habitat, observing their relationships and behaviors.

Dietary: All meals are served with vegetarian options. Unfortunately, vegan options are currently unavailable. Please notify us of your dietary restrictions.

Recommended Items: Sports shoes, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, mosquito spray, an outfit that can get dirty.

 

RISE AND SHINE

A MORNING WITH ELEPHANTS

Come and experience the daily life of these incredible elephants. Spend your time observing  them as they enjoy their natural surroundings. Walk with them into the forest, and witness how they choose to spend their time.

At noon, retire to base camp and enjoy a traditional meal before heading back to Siem Reap.

Depart from Siem Reap at around 7:00 and return at around 14:00
This package includes: Transport, Morning Tea/Coffee and Lunch
Maximum group size: 12 Visitors
Price: USD 80 / Per Person

JUST INDULGING ELEPHANTS

THE AFTERNOON SESSION

From preparing healthy snacks to a walk through the forest and a refreshing swim, this experience is a good way to learn more about their version of a good time.
As the sun begins to set, have a picnic in the wild and say goodbye to the elephants before heading back to town.

Depart from Siem Reap at around 12:00 and return at around 18:15
This package includes: Transport, Tea/Coffee and a Picnic
Maximum group size: 12 Visitors
Price: USD 80 / Per Person

A REAL WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE

THE ELEPHANT ADVENTURE

Venture deeper into the Kulen Elephant Forest and be mesmerized by the surrounding nature. Take part in all the activities that elephants love best.

Have a unique lunch surrounded by the wilderness and roaming elephants like something out of a dream.

Depart from Siem Reap at around 8:00 and return at around 16:30
This package includes: Transport, Morning Tea/Coffee, Lunch in the Forest
Maximum group size: 12 Visitors
Price: USD 90 / Per Person

GALLERY

EXPERIENCE DEPARTURE POINT

RATES & BOOKINGS

Morning Experience US$80 per person (including transport, morning tea/coffee and lunch)
Afternoon Experience US$80 per person (including transport, tea/coffee and picnic)
Elephant Adventure Experience US$95 per person (including transport, tea/coffee and lunch in the forest)

To book please email info@marmaladetoast.co.za

TRAVEL TRADE ENQUIRIES

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