Print Edition - 2016-01-23 | MONEY
Tiger Tops offers new style elephant tourism
Jan 23, 2016-
Tiger Tops, pioneers of eco-tourism in Nepal, has joined forces with world renowned elephant welfare expert Carol Buckley from Elephant Aid International to introduce a new way for tourists to experience one of the most magnificent creatures of the jungle, the Asian elephant.Since Tiger Tops was established more than 50 years ago, it has been pioneering environmentally responsible tourism. In the 1960s, it took the first steps to establish national parks in Nepal and shoot tigers with cameras instead of rifles. Since then, it has been continuously working for wildlife conservation in Nepal.
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp is another leap towards responsible and sustainable tourism. Tiger Tops will be the first in Nepal to offer an elephant adventure which highlights the natural behaviour of the jumbos.
“We strive to give our elephants the most natural existence possible in captivity. In order to do this, we have brought in experts from Elephant Aid International to advise us on chain-free corrals and progressive elephant care and management. We want to set an example and to be a model on how to do elephant-friendly tourism for others throughout Nepal in the future,” said Kristjan Edwards, chairman of Tiger Tops.
Instead of traditional elephant safaris, guests will experience something very new, an elephant experience from a more natural observant perspective.
They will literally be surrounded by elephants living chain-free in spacious, naturalistic corrals and immersed in the elephants’ daily life from sunup to sundown. Even after dark, the elephants’ presence will be felt as their verbal and infrasonic communications fill the night air.
Shortly after sunrise, guests will walk with the elephants on their morning excursion to the Narayani River, where the elephants will be free to graze while their mahouts (elephant drivers) cut grass to supplement their diet. This unique experience puts guests right in the middle of elephants socializing with each other, playing, grazing and just enjoying their life, free of chains and ride duty.
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp is located in Nawalparasi, Kawasoti Municipality.
Published: 23-01-2016 08:49