BUNONG ELEPHANT PROJECT
Experience with the Elephant in an ethical way
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Bunong elephant project is an exciting new sanctuary that has been developed in consultation and partnership with the local Bunong community. This project is dedicated to promoting the welfare of both elephants and the local indigenous community, all the income provides much needed support for the indigenous people and their elephants. Thank to this association, elephants spend their time in the forest and are no longer exploited commercially or put under stress with elephant rides, heavy farm work or logging. They can relax and live free in natural forest, eating bamboo, grass, playing in mud baths, swim in the river and more importantly socialize with other elephants.
Accommodation, both in the Bunong community and during jungle tracking is a basic but truly local experience. You will have the opportunity to sleep like locals do – in hammocks. So, bring lots of mosquito repellant and cotton clothing with long sleeves and trousers. It might not be for everyone, but those who love truly local adventures will enjoy it.
LOCAL AREA & ACTIVITIES
- Jungle trekking
- Sightseeing tours
- Spend time with elephants
- Enjoy flora and fauna in a jungle surrounding
- Swimming in wonderful rivers
- Opportunities to spend time in indigenous communities
GETTING THERE & TRANSPORT
Travelling from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap you will be able to find several VIP minibus companies travelling directly to Senmonorom (often also called Mondulkiri town). From there the organisation will organise transport for you to the project site.
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NOT TO BE MISSED
Elephant experience: one day tours, visit the Bunong Elephant project in the sanctuary : meet, feed and help the Mahout wash elephants in the river. You will learn about elephants and find out how the bunong population live with their elephants
Experience Jungle trek : visite two more incredible waterfalls – Leng Ong and Leng Kun, one of which is over 30 metres high. We continue through the forest and cross the Otey River. Once across, our journey takes us through some beautiful jungle where you will see many different types of tree, vines, flowers and amazing bamboo forest. We continue on to another waterfall, Leng Ret, and Leng Ret cave where, inside the cave if you are quiet, you will see bats sleeping. After leaving Leng Ret we pass by some Bunong farms where you will see the Bunong ‘jungle’ agricultural system and the type of crops they grow such as: cassava, chili peppers, lemon grass, wild rice, pineapples and cashew nuts.
Stop for Lunch alongside the beautiful Otey River and, if they are there and not out foraging, we will spend a short while with some Bunong families who live within the jungle. Enjoy a swim in the river to cool down! After a further trek it is time to get your feet wet crossing the river. From here we leave the river for one last climb out of the jungle before arriving at Putang Village.
1 – 2 DAYS STAY
Day 1 :Educational elephant tours : Discover the lifestyle of the elephant. Enjoy the trekking through the jungle and you will lunch near the river. In the afternoon, you go back out of the jungle and come back to the bunong community and sleep over. For dinner, the hosts will prepare local food and the local speciality, the Bunong soup cooked inside bamboo.
Day 2 : Wake up and enjoy the breakfast in the open air. Trek from the edge of the jungle and walk deeper into the forest crossing the Otey River. Our Bunong guide leads us through the jungle to explore this impressive wildwood with many different types of tree, vines, beautiful flowers and a fantastic bamboo forest. We then visit the powerful Leng Kun waterfall which is over 30 metres high. After lunch we continue to another watery treat, the Leng Ret waterfall and Leng Ret cave. Walk inside the cave and you may spot bats sleeping? After Leng Ret we pass some Bunong farms where you will see the traditional Bunong agricultural system and the types of crops they grow, such as: cassava, chili peppers, lemon grass, wild rice, pineapples and cashew nut. You will be picked up by car to go back to sen mornorom.