With a view to introducing the
Elephant Camp for vacationers,
arrangements for opening the
conservation camp with six elephants
by the end of December
is underway, officials said.
The elephant camp is near Three-Step Falls, nine miles and three furlongs from Kyauk Chaw- Ye Ywa Road in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, according to the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (Mandalay Region).
The camp, which is 27 miles from Mandalay, houses six elephants from the Marle elephant camp in Singu Township which were brought here on 4 December.
The camp is situated on 74 acres of land, and is targeted to be opened on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.
Arrangements can be made for those who wish safe and secure riding of elephants, said U Aung Myint Htay, the manager.
“Services will be provided up to the waterfall. A nightstay program is not allowed, including for foreign tourists. Places for lodging at night are not convenient.
On riding elephants, safe and secure services will be given. Arrangement for visitors to feed elephants with sugar-cane have already been made.
Fare for riding elephants is designated by the department. Liquor is not allowed to be sold at restaurants, only soft drinks and food.
Abodes for workers had been arranged. One elephant is cared for by two mahouts.” Of the six elephants, one is 55 years old, with the others between the ages of 10 and 17.
They are considered tame. Fees for riding elephants are designated at Ks 5,000 plus the entrance fee of Ks1,000 for Myanmar citizens, while Ks20,000 plus the entrance fee of Ks2000 have been designated for foreign travellers.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Myanmar Timber Enterprise and Four Paws International [FPI] was signed on 19th September to use 1.
8 million euros for establishment of elephant camps and conservation of elephants.
It has been learnt that Wingabaw, Hmawyawgyi, Nathmaw, Pawlangyaintba, Wawma, Warphyutaung, Natmauk, Chaungtha, Kyarzwe and Mokekha elephant camps were already established, it was learnt.
According to the statistics of the Hotels and Tourism Department, Mandalay Region, there were 374,221 tourists coming into the region from China, Thailand, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the US and the UK. Of them, most were from China, Thailand and France.