Kindred Spirits Elephant Sanctuary aims to bring elephants home to the forest by working with local communities not only to provide a haven for elephants, but also to provide an alternative livelihood for their mahouts and owners.
Tour revenue will be invested in rescuing captive elephants living in inadequate conditions and returning them to their natural environment at the Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary.
Any day by appointment
1 to 10
Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Backpack, Change of clothes, Headlamp/ flashlight, Mosquito repellent, Water, Clothes that cover your knees and shoulders, basic first aid supplies, towel, warm clothes during the cold season (november - february), rain gear during the rainy season (june - october)
Get picked up from Chiang Mai at 9 AM and travel through a national park and stunning mountains inhabited by local hill tribes until you arrive at a Karen Hill Tribe village. Originally from Myanmar, the Karen Hill Tribe migrated to Thailand during the wars many generations ago in search of a better life. For this reason, they have their own unique language and culture, which you will get to learn about and experience. Members of the Karen Hill Tribe are keen weavers well-known in Thailand for their elephant keeping. After you arrive, you’ll meet your welcoming homestay family and friendly Kindred Spirit staff and volunteers. Immerse yourself in hill tribe culture as you cook with your local host family and learn traditional basket weaving from elders in the village.
Wake up early and hike into the forest to find elephants! Feed the animals fruit and help perform a health check. You will have the opportunity to spend all morning and afternoon observing the elephants and learning about them and their natural behavior. Enjoy lunch in the forest with the elephants. Late in the afternoon, return to the village and take part in Kindred Spirit’s community and teaching projects.
Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary offers a unique experience of hiking in the forest to find the elephants and observe their natural behaviors in their home environment. You must be physically fit to hike each day up and down mountains to get to the elephants. You are expected to wake up early in the morning and be prepared for a long hike into the forest. Hikes will usually return to the village around early afternoon. Tour package includes all transportation, accommodation, and meals in the village.
It was the opportunity to be a part of something I have never experienced before and will always remember.
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
You will be picked up from any guest house or airport in Chiang Mai.
To bring as many elephants as possible back to their natural habitat whilst educating both the public and the locals about elephant treatment and trying to combat illegal trade.
Hiking activities: hiking through the forest to find elephants and observe them in their natural environment
Community projects: providing locals with alternative livelihoods, such as teaching English to students, mahouts, and homestay families
Reforestation: planting trees in areas that were used for corn planting