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Elephant Freedom Project

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Rambukkana Karandapana Road, Kegalle 71000, Sri Lanka
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Best Elephant, Best family

We volunteered here for a week and we are sooo happy we did. We could definitely tell that Nilame... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
talia679
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Draper, Utah
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A truly amazing day

We booked for the whole day and it was worth every penny, the mahout was excellent and when we went... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brendan G
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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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  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Rambukkana Karandapana Road, Kegalle 71000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We volunteered here for a week and we are sooo happy we did. We could definitely tell that Nilame (the elephant) was very happy. They didn’t use chains, and the mahout never used his hook. He only carried it with him because that is Sri...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked for the whole day and it was worth every penny, the mahout was excellent and when we went to the river the guide was very good, forgotten his name, but I remember he told me that he had only been there about 3...More

Thank Brendan G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After arriving in Pinnawala we were torn between visiting the Elephant Orphanage or the Freedom Project. We definitely made the right choice! This project is a must for a all Elephant lovers who wish to see an elephant in their natural habitat. We emailed the...More

Thank Therush33
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant stay at the elephant freedom project. Choose this experience as it is best for the elephant itself, no riding him!The family were lovely and very welcoming. The house is really nice also. We arrived quite late the night before and they kindly had dinner...More

Thank Jugz27
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent a wonderful morning at the Elephant Freedom Project with Nilame the elephant. The reason I originally decided to come to Sri Lanka was to visit this project and it certainly exceeded my expectations! The family and guides here are so friendly and being...More

Thank Louise C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time at the Elephant Freedom Project yesterday in Kegalle, Sri Lanka. The staff are all lovely and it was amazing walking around with the elephant, feeding it and bathing it in the river. Bit more expensive than places near by but...More

Thank Paulnicoll
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a morning session at the Elephant Freedom Project in January. We were lucky as we were the only ones that particular session meaning we got one-on-one time with Nimale, 2 staff and the Mahout. The hosts were very knowledgeable, personable and entertaining. It...More

Thank Jacob S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had done some research before going to Sri Lanka on places to visit with elephant's originally looking at the elephant orphanage in this area but after reading the reviews and hearing stories on these places I was so happy to have booked the elephant...More

Thank Paul J
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

This place is meant to give elephants a wonderful life, where they can recover from their hard life at a riding place or factory. The elephant that is living here is rented by the home owners, the reason they rent him and do not have...More

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the_EFP, Owner at Elephant Freedom Project, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

I wish you had read our website. On the front page of our website it says clearly and very visible: The small, family run, Elephant Freedom Project offers refuge, freedom from work and hardship to the elephant Nilame. At the project he is free from...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

unforgettable, honourable, ethical Nilame comes 1st. they are giving him a good life after a hard start. they promote a kind elephant experience while educating you and allowing you to interact with Nilame. I feel honoured and blessed to have met Nilame and the group...More

Thank CopperDi
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Brendan G
5 January 2018|
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Response from Iona5678 | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the project - we had one big room with 4 singles beds. The room is very simple but clean, ceiling fans and our own bathroom. Our kids loved us all sleeping together. There are 2 sitting areas and an outside... More
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Marlena T
31 October 2017|
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Response from Tim B | Property representative |
Hi Marlena, We can organize a car or you can go by public bus. Please send us a mail for more information?
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Sonyav_13
20 March 2017|
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Response from Tim B | 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.
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