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MANIFA ELEPHANT CAMP MAHOUT TRAINING PROGRAM

In Manifa Elephant Camp,  you have an opportunity to experience the traditions and practices of Lao mahout culture, as you meet, interact with, ride and bath your own Laos elephant in a 110 hectares jungle outside Luang Prabang.

• 110 hectares (270 acres)
• Home to 17 rescued domesticated elephants
• Located in Ban Xang Hai, 20km from city
• Mahout certification available on request
• Elephants roaming free in daytime
Ethical elephant management certified by EU Switch Asia Luang Prabang Handle with Care Project

MAHOUT INTRODUCTION (HALF DAY)

  • THIS PROGRAM INCLUDES ALL 1 HOUR PROGRAM “MEANING FULL ELEPHANT INTERACTIONS” AND PLUS ANOTHER ONE HOUR ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE (ONE ELEPHANT FOR ONE PERSON)
  • GET USED TO BEING CLOSE TO AND COMFORTABLE WITH (ONE OF OUR) ELEPHANTS
  • SHARE IN THE EXPERIENCE OF CRUELTY FREE RIDING (OPTIONAL BARENECK OR HOWDAH)
  • FEED OUR ELEPHANTS THEIR FAVORITE SNACKS
  • SPLASH AROUND IN THE WATER DURING BATHING TIME
  • MAHOUT CERTIFICATION WILL BE ISSUED ON REQUEST

MAHOUT BASIC (ONE DAY)

  • THIS PROGRAM INCLUDES ALL 1 HOUR PROGRAM “MEANING FULL ELEPHANT INTERACTIONS” AND PLUS ANOTHER TWO HOUR ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE (ONE ELEPHANT FOR ONE PERSON)
  • LEARN HOW TO SAFELY CARE AND RIDE ELEPHANT (MOUNT & DISMOUNT PROCEDURES)
  • BE WITH ELEPHANT IN THE WATER AND HELP IN BATHING TIME
  • LEARN FROM MAHOUTS THE BASIC COMMUNICATION COMMANDS TO HELP YOU LEARN HOW TO SAFELY CONTROL THE ELEPHANT BY YOURSELF
  • TAKE ELEPHANTS BACK TO THEIR HOME INTO THE FOREST ON OUR PROPERTY
  • MAHOUT CERTIFICATION WILL BE ISSUED ON REQUEST

MAHOUT EXPERIENCES (OVERNIGHT STAY)

  • THIS PROGRAM INCLUDES ALL 1 HOUR PROGRAM “MEANING FULL ELEPHANT INTERACTIONS” AND PLUS ABOUT ANOTHER FOUR HOURS ELEPHANT EXPERIENCES (ONE ELEPHANT FOR ONE PERSON), OVERNIGHT STAY AT MANIFA ELEPHANT CAMP.
  • LEARN ABOUT ELEPHANT BEHAVIORS AND THEIR HABITAT (HOME)
  • CONTINUE NURTURING YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND BONDING TIME WITH ELEPHANT
  • LEARN HOW TO CARE AND HANDLE ELEPHANTS WITH THE METHOD OF VERBAL CUES (VOICE COMMAND SYSTEM)
  • LEARN HOW TO BETTER HANDLE ELEPHANTS THROUGH BODY LANGUAGE AWARENESS AND COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES
  • LEARN HOW TO CORRECTLY RIDE LIKE A MAHOUT ON THE  NECK OF THE ELEPHANT
  • GUIDE YOUR ELEPHANT SAFELY AND COMFORTABLY THROUGH THE JUNGLE ON THE PROPERTY
  • BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING BRING ELEPHANTS TO CAMP IN THE MORNING (WAKE UP CALL AND WALK RIDE TO WORK
  • PRACTICE THE SKILLS LEARNED IN TRAINING PROGRAM
  • TAKE ELEPHANTS BACK TO THEIR HOME INTO THE FOREST IN THE AFTERNOON / TAKE ELEPHANTS TO CAMP FROM THEIR HOME IN THE MORNING
  • MAHOUT CERTIFICATION WILL BE ISSUED ON REQUEST
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