The Mondulkiri Project (MP) is an ecotourism organisation established in October 2013 with the aim of helping abused and miss-treated Cambodian Elephants. MP signed an agreement with Bunong Indigenous Elders to rent a large area of forest close to Sen Monorom to protect it from logging. This area is now an award winning Elephant Sanctuary.
Who benefits from the Mondulkiri Project?
The project was founded by Mr Tree and since it’s conception it has been a great success, not only for him though. The project helps over 40 local and tribal families by providing healthcare, schooling, jobs and food; it doesn’t stop there though. The project, so far, has rescued four Asian elephants. MP strives to rescue more and aims to bread Elephants in the future.
Where do the elephants live?
The elephants live in a huge area of unfenced jungle, in excess of 30,000 acres. Here they roam free, eat what they want and go where they wish, to a certain extent. They are monitored during the day, but this is only to ensure that they don’t raid the local farmers banana crop. Generally, they tend to stick to the areas where they know the tourists go to feed them bananas.
What is the tour like?
The guides here are fantastic and very knowledgeable. A day spent with the MP consists of walking through the jungle in the morning in order to feed the four elephants bananas. You then leave them to have a delicious lunch, followed by a short nap in a hammock. The afternoon consists of getting into a beautiful waterfall, here the Elephants will join you for a little wash and a of course another munch on some bananas.
What we loved about the experience
The Elephants do everything on their own accord, in their own time. As it happens, they love bananas so you are guaranteed to get up close and personal with them. Whether they decide to stick around after all the food has gone however is up to them. It’s truly amazing to witness such huge, powerful and friendly animals in their natural habitat.
Day tours are $50 USD per person and if you fancy hanging around for a second day, you can camp out in the forest and hike with the project for an additional $30 USD. Food and water is included on both tours. If you’d like to book or have further questions then head over the Mondulkiri Project website. Alternatively if you cannot make it but would like to help the cause, you can donate to the project by clicking here.