We booked this excursion as a family with two teenage kids! Although we are animal lovers and horse people, nothing really prepares you for the size of those gentle giants! I was blown away and a bit scared at first. Our guide Woody was excellent in his instructions how to handle and approach the elephants and about the mission and rescue efforts very informative. After feeding, learning how to ride them, give commands etc. we had a nice lunch, whilst the elephants had theirs. The track through the jungle was great, every elephant was accompanied by their trainer and Woody came, which calmed me down! Indeed, the up and down on narrow tracks in not for the light hearted, but can be managed by everyone....and it is not too long. Very nice was the washing of our pregnant elephant afterwards. By then, you confidence around those giants has gown a lot! I am very glad we booked this trip. Care is taken that elephants don't carry too much weight, no saddles are used and the location and staff are relaxed and very friendly. There were only 8 people in our party, which was great and we were safely taken back to our hotel.
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