Elephants are unassumingly the most intelligent and majestic creatures. One of the Big Five of
the world, Elephants can be seen roaming across the world, in the savannahs of Africa or the
tropical forests of Asia. They are a true marvel of the natural world. Many people want to see
and interact with these giant mammals up close. World Elephant Day 2023 will fall on 12th August, saturday this year. Commemorate this day by learning about elephant preservation and protection.

It is quite interesting to watch these animals closely, but not at the cost of disturbing their natural
habitats. These giant beasts can be seen in abundance in key wildlife destinations across Asia
and Africa.

Here are several ethical and amazing International elephant sanctuaries you can
visit on World Elephant Day 2023

1. Elephant Nature Park, Thailand

Elephants in the Nature Park in Chiang Mai
Elephants in the Nature Park in Chiang Mai
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World Elephant Day 2023 falls perfectly with the August long weekend for Indians. Additionally, Thailand is one of the most ideal locations for short & cheap foreign trips from India. Situated 60 kms away from the main city, the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai provides one of the most ethical experiences to interact with elephants.

This place has over dozens of distressed elephants who have been rescued and rehabilitated. They now roam freely and also have dedicated mahouts to ensure their well-being and safe interactions. Their utmost priority is to provide sustainable and friendly elephant tourism. Depending on your Thailand holiday duration, you can either opt for a 1-day observation trip or a 7+ days volunteer trip to really get to know these elephants.

To grab this unique learning opportunity, all you need is a Thailand Visa for Indians. Make your cheap flight ticket bookings from India to Thailand and hotel bookings online or a rejuvenating Thailand vacation.

2. Smiling Tusker Elephant Camp, India

Tusker Elephant Camp in India
Tusker Elephant Camp in India
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The Manas National Park in India’s Assam houses a large population of Northeast India’s wild Indian Elephants. For lovers of ethical wildlife conservation the Smiling Tusker Elephant Camp has one of the best elephant safaris in all of India. This camp is an NGO- initiative to conserve and re-utilise former trained elephants who have now grown old. With a chance to stay amidst these majestic creatures, one can also feed elephants, bathe them, walk with them and just watch them go about their daily lives. The exhibition centre here also educated visitors about Assam’s elephant heritage.

This is one of the richest national parks in the world with elephants, tigers, one-horned rhinos, deer and many other reptiles too.

This World Elephant Day 2023, explore this close-to-home wildlife destination with our Assam Tour Packages.

3. Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephants in Chobe National Park - Botswana
Elephants in Chobe National Park – Botswana
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The Chobe National Park is located in northern Botswana, near the Okavango Delta. It is known as one of the best Elephant National Parks in South Africa for its large herds of African Elephants. This park has more than 50,000 of these beasts and the elephant safaris also guarantee spotting them in herds.

The most ideal place to spot these elephants is in the Serondela Area around the Chobe Riverfront on a boating safari. You can already imagine the lovely sight of baby elephants rolling on the muddy banks of the river. Sightings are best in the dry season i.e. from June to November.

You cannot miss this prominent wildlife destination on a trip to Botswana with our South Africa Tour Packages and a Botswana Visa for Indians.

4. Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka

Elephants, Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka
Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka
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Located in the central part of the island country, the Minneriya National Park provides the most ethical elephant safaris in all of Sri Lanka. This national park boasts of housing hundreds of animal and bird species. However, it is most famous for its elephant gatherings. The best spectacle on jeep safaris is seeing about 200 hundred elephants gathered around the water tank, especially during the dry season. The 3-hour long Jeep safari takes you closer to these huge mammals in their natural elements.

This park is also a great location to spot the Sri Lankan junglefowl and crocodiles. Sri Lanka is a great option for short & cheap international trips from India for World Elephant Day 2023. Plan with our all-inclusive Sri Lanka Tour Packages. Also, get a Sri Lanka Visa online in just 6 hours that too with only 2 documents.

5. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

African elephants bathing at a muddy waterhole in Addo Elephant National Park, Western Cape, South Africa
African Elephants bathing at a muddy waterhole in Addo Elephant National Park, Western Cape, South Africa
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The Addo Elephant National Park was initially built in 1931 to protect the 11 elephants left. After a lot of effort, today more than 600 elephants are flourishing here in their natural habitat. More than a wildlife conservation park, this national park offers a guided game drive or even a self-drive safari. You will leave the park with beautiful memories of elephant sightings, exquisite biodiversity and stunning landscapes. A one-day visit is enough to see the entire park.

Other than elephants you can also spot lions, leopards, black rhinos, hyenas, Cape buffaloes and zebras. With the best national parks in the world and diverse wildlife, South Africa is a great destination to spend World Elephant Day 2023. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you must plan a South African holiday by getting a South Africa Visa for Indians starting at just Rs. 4,999/-. Also, book in advance cheap flights to South Africa from India.

6. Kinabatangan River, Malaysia

Pygmy Elephants on the Kinabatangan River, Sabah
Pygmy Elephants on the Kinabatangan River
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The entire region of Malaysian Borneo boasts to have the world’s oldest rainforests. It’s blessed with mysterious cave systems, canopy walkways and some exotic flora and fauna including the wild pygmy elephants. The biodiversity of the Kinabatangan River is perfect to spot these elephants. With so many elephant families, you can see them easily on a jungle walk or a river cruise. You will also be greeted by other island residents like monkeys, orangutans, macaques and monitor lizards. Visitors can also opt to stay at one of the riverside resorts and you may even catch a glimpse of these elephants from your rooms.

Whether you are a nature lover or love to explore the city, Malaysia has something for all. There are several cheap & affordable Malaysia Tour Packages available and you can also get the Malaysia Visa online in just 3 days.

7. Bandipur National Park, India

Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park, India
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With the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary on one side and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary on the other side, the Bandipur National Park is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This location is known to breed a large population of Indian elephants. The elephant safaris let visitors get a chance to see these mammals up close along with the panoramic views of the Nandi Hills. Along with elephants, this place is also known to be a tiger reserve.

It is only a 2-hour drive from Mysore to reach Bandipur National Park. Karnataka has many spots for nature lovers. If you are looking to celebrate World Elephant Day 2023, plan a short trip to Karnataka with our Karnataka Tour Packages.

These were some of the amazing elephant sanctuaries around the world. You can visit them for World Elephant Day 2023 or whenever you want to learn more about the majestic mammals-elephants. They are picked to be the best because not only do they provide an amazing experience to the visitors but also take care of the elephants ethically and sustainably. Tell us below, which of the above-mentioned Elephant safaris would you like to try.

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