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Sri Lanka plays host to a sizeable population of elephants and the Sri Lankan authorities, recognising the cultural and natural significance of these gentle giants, are working hard to ensure the survival and health of both wild and domesticated elephants on the island.

At this amazing elephant camp in the jungle of Sri Lanka, you will provide hands on assistance to the professional elephant keepers (the mahouts) to ensure these beautiful animals are well cared for. You will walk the elephants through the forest to forage each day, bathe and wash them, clean their enclosures and learn all about these magnificent animals.

The Elephant Adventure allows you to spend time working with the elephants, helping the mahouts with their daily routines. The mahouts are a fun-loving lot, and they’ll see to it that you have as much fun as the elephants do. Your duties will vary, but elephants have a huge appetite so expect a lot of your time to be devoted to feeding them (and then cleaning up after!). As part of the village community, there may also be chance to help local children with their studies.

Our program begins in Kandy, with an exciting week of fun and activities in the cultural capital of Sri Lanka – the blend of culture and tradition complements perfectly with your time at the elephant village.


Day 1 - (Sunday)

Arrive at Colombo airport (airport code CMB) and after clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met by our friendly local team. Please ensure your flight arrives before 6pm as we have a journey of around 3 hours to Kandy. You may find it more comfortable to arrive on Saturday (any flight day or night) and for from £45 we’ll provide pick up and 1 night in a hotel near the airport. Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a fantastic place to spend time – located up in the hill-country, Kandy has a deep history and a cultural richness. You’ll love it here !

Days 2 - 6 Activities and Sightseeing Week (Monday-Friday**)

During intro week you will experience various activities, exploring Kandy and its beautiful surrounding areas, and get acquainted with the traditions, culture and people of Sri Lanka. Intro week is packed full of exciting adventures and excursions, and the schedule will look something like this:

• Monday – orientation, basic language lesson, Kandy city tour and welcome dinner with cultural show.
• Tuesday – visit a tea factory, a spice and Ayurvedic garden and go boating on the lake
• Wednesday – Sri Lankan cooking class
• Thursday – Visit the Temple of The Tooth and see how traditional batiks and wood carvings are made
• Friday – hike to the White Buddha statue, visit a Hindu Temple and get an Ayurvedic massage !

Days 7 & 8 (Saturday & Sunday)

Spend Saturday as you please, it is a free day to explore Kandy or beyond. ON Sunday, it’s elephant time !! Pack your bags as we move locations, heading part way back towards Colombo. Here you will stay in a homestay accommodation with a local family – a wonderful experience.

Days 9 - 13 (Monday - Friday)

Morning comes early at this working elephant camp, and the animals need to be fed and bathed for the day. Bath time is in the river, and it is pure joy for the elephants to play in the water – you’ll love to join them !!

Your last day (Saturday)

Oh no …… no matter how long you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends. The return airport transfer is not included, but is straightforward to arrange locally. 

your digs

in Kandy, volunteers share a bunk-style room with three to five others, and the shared bathroom has hot water and western-style toilets. At the homestay, rooms may be smaller or larger and there may or may not be hot water available. private room upgrade available in Kandy from £80 per week per room (single or twin-share).


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your program cost (on weekends a brunch is served last morning)


start date

Sunday's year round

minimum age

you gotta be 18 to do this program

important info

  • Duration : 2 weeks+
  • Fly In & Out : Colombo (CMB)
  • What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, airport pickup, transfers from Colombo to Kandy and Kandy to the elephant camp, local coordinators and 24/7 support
  • What’s not included in cost: Flights, visa, departure transfer, travel insurance.
  • Accommodation: Multi-share bunk room with shared bathroom** private room upgrade available in Kandy from £80 per week (per room)
  • • Food: All meals are provided (Brunch and dinner on weekends)
  • • All volunteers will need to provide us with a Police Check prior to arrival in Sri Lanka
  • Prices start at £915pp for a 2 week program. Prices will be confirmed in writing prior to booking.


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