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Elephant Freedom Project

#1 of 5 things to do in Kegalle Features Animals
Rambukkana Karandapana Road, Kegalle 71000, Sri Lanka
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Great for kids and adults!

We learned a lot about elephants and Sri Lankan food. They show respect for the animals. It seems... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Oslo, Norway
Very exciting day with many different activities

We went to the project in the morning, and went for a walk with the elephant after cleaning the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sorry, no admission without prior booking via the website only. One day visit minimum, only online booking possible: see our website. The Elephant Project with only love and care. Interact with our saved elephants in a respectful way: wash, feed and walk with them at the unique Elephant Freedom project in Sri Lanka. Their welfare is our number 1. Why this place? We don't allow riding or any other abuse and mistreatment of our elephants. Unlike any other place, our elephants roam free inside our special enclosure. This simply is the best place for both the elephants and you. A great and affordable place for a one day visit or a much longer experience.
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Rambukkana Karandapana Road, Kegalle 71000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learned a lot about elephants and Sri Lankan food. They show respect for the animals. It seems as the elephant is treated well! Great experience to go to the river with the elephant. We got a elephant shower. Great service too!

Thank bjornchristianja2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the project in the morning, and went for a walk with the elephant after cleaning the poop😳 Afterwards we learned to cook Sri Lanka food and had a great lunch. Then we went to the river, with the elephant. Finally we took...More

Thank Louise B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the best time at the elephant freedom project - the whole experience was amazing! We loved that the elephants are well looked after and are not subject to cruelty such as elephant rides, which Pinnawala nearby offers. It was great to walk Seetha...More

Thank lghudson1993
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a really wonderful day at the Elehant Freedom Project and would recommend it to everybody! The couple who runs the place is incredibly nice and we felt very welcome! The cooking-class was awesome and it was the best Sri Lankan food we had...More

Thank marion_zehet
Reviewed 11 May 2017

There are some experiences that words and pictures simply cannot convey. This is the Elephant Freedom Project. One of the reasons I came to SL was to meet elephants, and this is the only entirely ethical sanctuary in SL. Yes, the experience is pricey, considering...More

3  Thank goj9
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The highlight of my holiday was to visit a sanctuary that cared for elephants in a non commercial enterprise ,only to be disappointed upon arrival that there was only one elephant. So ,3 couples got to share the experience of moving poop by hand,from 2...More

Thank Dianne525
Reviewed 1 May 2017

I visited the EFP a few weeks ago on my first day in Sri Lanka and it was absolutely one of my favourite experiences of the trip. The family are INCREDIBLY friendly and welcoming - they are chatty and really will go out of their...More

2  Thank Kym B
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

I'm not quite sure where to begin with review. Words don't seem to able to justify just what an amazing experience we've had. From the moment we enquired about the Project up until the day before, Tim answered my emails patiently and fully. It can...More

1  Thank Ashlid1981
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

What a perfect day. Enjoyed the close encounter with the elephants, the meal and talking with the children at the school what a marvellous fantastic experience and day will never forget.

Thank Charmaigne2014
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This review has nothing to do with the service provided at the EFP, (The Sri Lankan family who manage the project were very warm and inviting) but is about how I feel that the project is misleading in its advertisement of providing a "free" environment...More

9  Thank Ryan M
Tim_Beltman, Owner at Elephant Freedom Project, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Hi Ryan, At the Elephant Freedom project the captive elephants are free from work, saved from tourist riding and from wood logging places. During the day the elephants can usually roam around freely inside the 26.909 square feet enclosure (have you been to the back...More

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20 March 2017|
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Response from Tim_Beltman | Property representative |
Hello Sonya, Thank you for your question. Booking is required. Unfortunately we are already fully booked on the 9th, please see our website for availability. Best regards, Tim.
pauline f
10 December 2016|
Response from ant6666 | Reviewed this property |
You would need to allow approx 3 hours each way