If you love travel and love to feed animals, then there is good news for you. At Win GaBaw Elephant Camp you can do both. The camp is located near 39-mile post on Yangon-Mandalay Highway—just around an hour drive from Yangon.
In an attempt to stop escalating deforestation, Myanmar ended logging in 2014 and retired the working elephants used to pull logs. To accommodate the retired elephants, they built elephant camps across the country turning them into travel destinations.
What makes Win Gabaw Elephant Camp more unique than other elephant camps in Myanmar is that it is the only camp housing orphan wild elephants. The camp houses 8 orphan elephant calves from two months of age to one year. Two of which are domesticated elephants and the others were wild ones whose mothers were killed by poachers.
The camp is currently feeding the orphan elephants with milk powder and it working to raise them naturally that way they can take them back to their herd.
Although it is smaller compared to other elephant camps, Win Gabaw Elephant Camp has a total of 20 elephants, and due to the orphan elephants, they are attracting more visitors.
The camp is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. without closing days. The elephants bathe twice a day: 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. during which visitors can have fun with the elephants while bathing.
There is also an entertainment program from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The elephans do a demonstration from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Riding times are from and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. can ride the elephant for 15 minutes at a time paying K5,000 per person.
You can feed the baby elephants from your own hand. If you want to feed them milk, you’ll need to go early in the day.