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Elephant Freedom Project

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Rambukkana Karandapana Road, Kegalle 71000, Sri Lanka
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A very interesting 10 day visit indeed

We went to Sri Lanka specifically to do this experience and spent ten days immersed in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bob M
Bedford, United Kingdom
Incredible experience. 1 of best days ever!

We booked this well in advance and then ended up changing our date twice. Tim and the team were... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Visit us and experience a special elephant encounter which is suitable for young and old, families, couples and single travelers. This is your chance to get a memorable impression of a day in the life of a Sri Lankan captive elephant who is not being used for working nor riding. The small family run Elephant Freedom Project offers refuge, freedom from work and hardship to the elephant Nilame. At the project she is free from working in the riding industry and the wood logging. The Elephant Freedom Project aims to give Nilame a good and safe home, which is made possible thanks to your visit!
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“cooking lesson” (19 reviews)
“host family” (12 reviews)
“cooking class” (12 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Rambukkana Karandapana Road, Kegalle 71000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Sri Lanka specifically to do this experience and spent ten days immersed in the project. This is by far the best way to understand what the project is trying to accomplish and to really help make a difference. The timetable is set...More

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this well in advance and then ended up changing our date twice. Tim and the team were most obliging about it. We were a family including children aged 8&10. The drive from Kandy takes about 1hour20 and we went for an afternoon experience...More

2  Thank 12TravellingG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The whole day was very pleasant, we were lucky enough to be the only two people visiting the place during that day, and on the top of that there were both elephants. We arrived little bit too early in the morning and were offered breakfast....More

Thank Tereza Š
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

I really wanted to love this place but do feel compelled to write an honest review. So we arrived at 8:30 and had a tour of a local factory that turns elephant dung into paper. We then went back to the house and had tea...More

2  Thank Leesh N
the_EFP, Owner at Elephant Freedom Project, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

I can understand how you feel expecting to see elephant Seetha happy. This was an unusual situation, Seetha was injured and not allowed to roam freely in the enclosure on doctors orders for fear of hurting herself. She had just received treatment in the morning....More

Reviewed 27 August 2017

We were looking for an elephant-friendly place to learn more about those giants animals and this one was just the place to go! No chains there, a place where the elephants can walk freely, and no activities disrepectful of the animal! We had a great...More

Thank Yonija
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Having just read a very scathing review of the place I feel i need to comment with even greater vigour! Yes this place is not cheap to visit, and yes, you have a cooking lesson (which was far more than a chopping lesson!!!), and yes...More

3  Thank Nicola B
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Stayed here for 2 days and 1 night. Both days were exactly the same, apart from on the second day we visited the elephant dung factory (which is great), instead of the cooking lesson (which was really just a chopping lesson, with no explanation of...More

1  Thank Lots12392
the_EFP, Owner at Elephant Freedom Project, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Dear Lots12392, On our website there is a lot of information explaining about the project, we hope every visitor will read this before coming to us! The walk time of course should always be more than 10 minutes (see our program), thankfully most of the...More

Reviewed 25 July 2017

We spent over two weeks in Sir Lanka and this was definitely the highlight for us. It allows really good access to the elephants, but in an ethical way. Mucking out the elephants is great fun and walking through the countryside with them was wonderful...More

1  Thank LucyElks
Reviewed 8 July 2017

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 5 July 2017

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

1  Thank Louise B
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Marlena T
31 October 2017|
Response from the_EFP | Property representative |
Hi Marlena, We can organize a car or you can go by public bus. Please send us a mail for more information?
20 March 2017|
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Response from the_EFP | 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