Bareback Private Riding & Bathing with the Elephants in the River Kwai + Rafting

December 7, 2013 

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Good treatment  and full respect of elephants is paramount to K.E.P. It is our priority to take you to an authentic Thai  small local family elephant village – which looks after and provides a maximum number  of 4 elephants only for KEP programs.

Are you an elephant lover ? Would you like to spend enjoyable time with elephants, learn about their lives, ride elephants bareback (not at all on a seat) in a private way, and also enjoy private bathing with elephants in the River Kwai ? Are you concerned about the wellbeing and respect of these exceptional gentle giants ? If so, K.E.P. Kanchanaburi River Kwai Elephant Private Programs, in central Thailand, West of Bangkok, is the very right answer for you.

Note !  K.E.P. River Kwai Elephant private activities can not  attend crowds of numerous noisy tourists (!). KEP  elephant bareback private riding programs (with no seats attached on the back of our animals !) are only available to  a very  limited number  of  « happy few people » only,  means minimum 2 & maximum 8 participants, on a basis 2 persons per elephant !

Minimum age required in order to participate is 10 years old : This is due to security reasons, and the fact that  bareback riding is a very specific way of riding an elephant.  K.E.P. elephant  activities are organized in  a unique protected place «totally off the beaten tracks » (no address published on Internet = no risk of  mass tourism invasion ( !),  where elephant  carers  (called « mahout » in Thai language) treat their elephants humanely and only care about the wellbeing of the animals they look after.

During the time you spend with us during KEP Private Elephant activities, we provide you with a short teaching about Asian elephants and the way how mahout  work, live with their elephants and speak to them, using a specific « elephant language » which they understand very well. A brief introduction is also given to participants about the history, biology and nature of the elephants, as well as guidelines on how to live in harmony with these fantastic animals.

Thanks to K.E.P. Kanchanaburi River Kwai Elephant Programs,  you really learn about the habits and life of Thai elephants. K.E.P. elephant carers (mahouts) teach you in a practical way how to communicate with your gentle giant new friend by learning and speaking the mahout-elephant language, using spoken commands.

KEP activities consist of 6 Set Programs:

They are called KEP 1 (Half day Elephant activities = Morning only + 7 Afternoon Optional activities to choose from) – KEP 2 –  KEP 3 – KEP 4 – KEP 5 – KEP 6  ( 5 Full day activities). All 6 programs  include  riding the elephants bareback, – never on a seat (!) –  along the River Kwai surrounded by superb tropical plantations.

During  all programs, you always sit behind the elephant’s neck, (never on a seat !)  which is the very traditional and natural Mahout (Elephant Carer) way of riding an elephant.

All  programs also  allow you to feed directly  yourself the elephants prior to riding them.

This is  an excellent, and by far the very best, way ( !)  to make friends with elephants before riding them bareback afterwards  !

Private Bareback riding time during  KEP   programs, along the River Kwai  as well as  along tropical plantations lasts minimum 1 hour, with no time limit in fact (as long as the elephants enjoy themselves together with the participants and the mahouts)

KEP Elephant  programs allow you to feed directly yourself  the elephants ( ! ), together with the mahouts, during a « magic elephant morning breakfast in a forest ! » : their meal is composed of banana trees and leaves as well as banana fruits and various other tropical fruits, which elephants love to eat so much.  This is  an excellent and by far the very best way to make friends with them before riding them bareback afterwards.

KEP elephant activities  take place   in the heart of a secret  green tropical  landscape  composed of  scenic  peaceful tropical forests and mountains  : enjoy a unique and quite  exceptional  riding in Kanchanaburi Green Paradise !

Private Bathing with the Elephants in the River Kwai  ( Minimum 30 / 45  Minutes)  : This  complimentary  activity  to private bareback riding  allows you to  enjoy  bathing together with elephants in the River Kwai. All participants have a lot of fun as  elephants and visitors  perfectly bond with each other !

Private Bamboo Rafting on the River Kwai (30 / 45 Minutes) :  This special activity, which takes place at the end of the morning,  offers the « magic » opportunity of sailing on the River Kwai on board of an exotic bamboo raft. During this activity, you may :

– either enjoy sailing on the river in a silent way, with no effort at all from your part by floating and guiding very easily yourself the bamboo raft on the water,

–  or  jump from the raft into  the River Kwai in order to swim and float independently with no effort, being simply pushed by the natural current of the river flowing downstream, , thanks to the use of safety floating jackets

RATES FOR  KEP 1 PROGRAM

RATES  (FOR K.E.P 1 PROGRAM ONLY) – PER PERSON –  INCLUDING SAME DAY RETURN TRANSPORT, 
in KEP Private Mini-Bus, with Driver, MORNING ELEPHANT ACTIVITIES AND LUNCH. (Afternoon Optional Activities not included)

Minimum 2 persons – Maximum 8 Participants = 2 bareback riders per elephant – Minimum age required for participating to KEP Elephant activities is 10 Years old : Please contact KEP in case of wishing to participate with lower aged children, as the minimum age of 10 can, under certain conditions,  be lowered to 8, or down to 6 (never less than 6 years old ! due to strict safety conditions).

1) From & Return to KANCHANABURI City Hotel, or River Kwai Resotel-Putakiene Pier, in Kanchanaburi. (Departure : 8h00 am, Return : 17h00 pm)

Total Nr. of persons23456-8
Rate per person in Thai Baht51004500440042004000
Rate per person in Euro128112110105100

2) From & return to BANGKOK City Hotel or Private Home in Bangkok (Departure : 6h00 am, Return : 17h30 pm)

Total Nr. of persons23456-8
Rate per person in Thai Baht59005000470044004200
Rate per person in Euro148125118110105

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE,  REF TRANSPORT & ACCESS !

EXTERNAL BUSES, TAXIS,  PRIVATE CARS & MOTORBIKES ETC,  ARE NOT ALLOWED  ACCESS  WHERE K.E.P ELEPHANT PRIVATE ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE !

KEP Private Elephant activities are organized in the heart of an agricultural valley  with many  private fields, private farms and private plantations.

For the sake of not disturbing, as well as respecting local farmers’ private life and their private properties,  access to K.E.P.  activities is therefore  only & strictly  limited  to  KEP private bus at a time, exclusively driven by KEP driver, who personally  knows every farmer  very well, and vice-versa.

 

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