Airavata Elephant Sanctuary

Innovative elephant camp offering a responsible and ethical alternative to mass tourism. Located in the depths of Ratanakiri rainforest, a place where indigenous mahouts take the greatest care of the elephants, and travelers can meet them within optimum natural conditions.

The Airavata Foundation (named from the tri-headed elephant, mount of God Indra in the Hindu mythology) is radically different from most elephant conservation associations who completely discourage any interaction with the gentle giants. If the well-being and living conditions of our elephants are the centre of AIRAVATA’s preoccupations, its approach of conservation is also a cultural one.

Cambodia owes a lot to the elephant, which has been accompanying the kingdom all along its history. Airavata perpetuates those traditions as they are constituent to the country’s soul, all the more that the wild elephant population is threatened each day a little bit more by deforestation and poaching. Concentrating on the surviving domestic population, the Fundation, recently set under the high patronage of King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia, keeps offering, among other eco-tourist activities, the traditional elephant rides, but carefully supervised and in the elephant’s natural habitat, the forest.

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