A one day Elephant Adventure tour followed by sleeping overnight in hammocks at our Jungle Lodge and then a full day jungle trek with a Bunong guide.
Sen Monorom – Mondulkiri Project Elephant Sanctuary – Overnight in Jungle Lodge – Leng Kun Waterfall – Leng Ong Waterfall – Leng Ret Cave & Waterfall – Putang Bunong Village – Sen Monorom
hike level: medium – hard (jungle trek day is a 18km walk with several steep hill climbs)
overnight accommodation: hammocks with mosquito nets at Mondulkiri Project’s Jungle Lodge
group size: 1 to 20 guests
suitable season: tour runs all year round
cost: $80 per person including all meals, accommodation, guides and transport
PLEASE NOTE: This two day tour is sometimes done in reverse, with the jungle trek on day 1 and time at our elephant sanctuary on day 2.
- walking with, feeding, swimming with and washing elephants in the jungle (no elephant riding)
- traditional Bunong food and rice wine at the Jungle Lodge campfire
- sleeping in hammocks at the Mondulkiri Project’s Jungle Lodge
- full day jungle trek with a Bunong Guide and the chance to see wild deer and monkeys
- swimming at waterfalls and seeing bats at Leng Ret cave
- visiting Bunong farms within the jungle and seeing wild rice, fruit, vegetable and herbs
Day 1. One day Elephant Adventure tour and then overnight stay at our Jungle Lodge
8.30am Sen Monorom
Our tours depart from the Tree Lodge Bungalows, Tree Lodge Road, Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri.
If you stay somewhere else in Sen Monorom we will pick you up from the main street of town at 8.20am.
8.45am – 9.00am
Drive to the starting point of the tour which offers views of the large area of forest which has been protected from logging by the Mondulkiri Project.
9.00am – 12.00pm
First we walk from the hilltop into the jungle to the Mondulkiri Project’s Jungle Lodge. Here you will listen to your guide talk about the Mondulkiri Project. Next it is time to meet the 5 elephants and their Mahouts. Take lots of photos, get close to the elephants and have fun feeding the elephants bananas. Watch as the elephants walk around eating bamboo and enjoying being elephants.
12.00pm – 2.00pm
After walking back to the Jungle Lodge it is time for lunch and relaxing in hammocks. The Lodge has great views over the jungle and is a good place to view wildlife and many species of birds. It also has a western toilet.
2.00pm – 4.30pm
In the afternoon we return to the bottom of the valley and walk to the waterfall to have a swim. It is time to have fun swimming and washing our elephants in the river to keep its skin clean and healthy and free from infection. Elephants really enjoy having a bath! We then walk to another deeper waterhole where we watch some other elephants playing in the mud and having a swim to wash themselves.
4.30pm – 5.30pm
After saying goodbye to the elephants we walk back through the jungle to enjoy the sunset over the Mondulkiri Project. You might be lucky and see wildlife such as monkeys, deer and many birds.
After returning to the Jungle Lodge it is time to relax by the fire. Your Bunong guide will prepare a traditional Bunong soup cooked inside bamboo. After trying some Bunong rice wine it is time for dinner and a meal of traditional Bunong vegetable soup, bbq pork and vegetables. More time around the campfire and then time to sleep in hammocks
Day 2 Mondulkiri trek – Mondulkiri Project’s Jungle Lodge to Putang Village to Sen Monorom
7.30am – 8.30am
Wake up, warm up around the campfire and enjoy breakfast at the Jungle Lodge with its lovely views over the Otey River.
8.30am – 12.00pm
We start today’s Mondulkiri trek from the Jungle Lodge deeper into the jungle, first crossing our new log bridge across the Otey River. Our Bunong guide leads us through some beautiful jungle with many different types of trees, flowers, vines and beautiful stands of bamboo. You will pass by many Bunong farms within the jungle. Visit the impressive Leng Kun waterfall which is over 50 metres high.
12.00pm – 1.00pm
Lunch break at the jungle campsite alongside the beautiful Leng Ong waterfall. This is a lovely place for a swim.
1.00pm – 4.30pm
After lunch you will continue walking and then stop at a Bunong farm clearing and see cassava, chili peppers, lemon grass, wild rice, pineapples and cashew nut trees. Next we continue on passing by the large Leng Ret cave and Leng Ret waterfall. See some bats sleeping inside the cave. After more trekking through the jungle it is time to get your feet wet crossing the river. Now we will leave the river for one last climb out of the jungle before arriving at the Putang Village. Here see traditional Bunong long houses, children playing and pigs and chickens running around.
From the village you will be picked up by car for the short drive back to Sen Monorom.