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SU4E - Elephant Happy Hour

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Sauraha, Nepal
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About SU4E - Elephant Happy Hour
The Elephant Happy Hour is an activity that we organize here in Sauraha as an ethical alternative to the riding. At the moment, there aren’t many options for elephant tourism besides riding. We give a working elephant the chance to do what she wants for an hour instead. We start with an info/safety session, followed by a short jeep ride to where the elephants work. After a short introduction (with fruits!) we stand back, observe and let her be an elephant. This activity is run by StandUp4Elephants (SU4E). We are an NGO based in Belgium but working full time in Nepal. We are 100% non-profit, all proceeds above the cost of renting the elephants' time go directly back into improving their lives. Space is limited, RESERVATION REQUIRED in advance. (WE DO NOT HAVE A PUBLIC OFFICE)
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Ghanshyam Sharma wrote a review Jan 2020
Kathmandu, Nepal50 contributions16 helpful votes
Very nice alternative to elephant 🐘 Safari. Visiting the elephant home was very informative and educational. cycling 🚴‍♀️ to visit the SU4E’s elephant home can be a best thing to do on your first day in Sauraha.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Kamal R wrote a review Jan 2020
Kathmandu, Nepal21 contributions
Learnt many things about the captive elephant’s living conditions. Also got to meet Eva Kali, a rescued elephant. So glad to see her live comfortably with proper care. 😍🐘❤️
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Date of experience: December 2019
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oliviaapineda10 wrote a review Sep 2019
Denia, Spain1 contribution1 helpful vote
It’s amazing to see what animals do when they are free and to see their beautiful face being happy it’s just amazing
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Matt W wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom25 contributions7 helpful votes
We recently visited Nepal. Unfortunately during our visit the Elephant Happy Hour had been put on hold. However, Michael from SU4E remained in contact with me and offered to meet with my group and I to explain why the programme was on hold. He did this without charge and we really enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss elephant welfare with him. He was very knowledgeable and came to meet us equipped with resources to show us. SU4E do not have a local office so we met up at a local art cafe, so it was nice that we also had the opportunity to support a small and pleasant local business. We really appreciated the time that Michael gave us and I definitely will be going back to visit SU4E in the future. It’s really important that there are organisations like this operating in Nepal!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Daniela C wrote a review Aug 2019
8 contributions2 helpful votes
SU4E offers a very valid alternative to the elephant back safari, an activity that is very harmful and cruel for the elephant. They also do so much to improve the conditions of these animals, trying to re-educate their owners and trainers and by proposing different activities that are more ethical but still profitable. The concept of the Happy hour is simple: you pay to give a working elephant a free hour of fun and relax.At first you will receive a very exhaustive explanation about elephants in general and their condition in Nepal, which is very interesting and helpful. Then, you head to the national park, where you "meet" the elephant, feed it, and just watch it having fun and being free. All is done with absolute respect for the elephant, whitout forcing it to do anything, and whitout causing it any distress. Even so, you get plenty of time to watch it and interact with it (of course, by taking the necessary precautions and following the instructions). I think this is way better than an elephant back safari because you actually get to know a lot about elephants and because you can interact in a way that is better for both you and the elephant. So, in conclusion, I am very happy about my choice and I recommend this experience to everyone who is going to Chitwan National Park!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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