Our philosophy is to provide the most natural life for our elephants with the highest welfare standards possible. Therefore, Tiger Tops Elephant Camp is managed and guided by respect for the elephants.
As such, in 2015 we decided to stop all elephant-back safaris due to the stress it caused our herd on encountering dangerous wildlife in an unnatural way. Instead we concentrated on providing our guests with a more interactive experience that imposed far less of a burden on our elephants. In addition, we decided to drastically improve the stabling conditions by building large, spacious corrals over 18 acres of our property for our herd to roam, socialise and relax.
We aim to give our guests the most personal and meaningful experience with our elephants and allow them to connect with the elephants in a more profound but unobtrusive way, by spending time with them throughout the day getting to know their individual personalities, behaviour and habits.
We want you to return home with a deeper understanding of elephants; the elephants’ impact on the eco-system; the mutual dependency between the elephants, people, and the jungle; and your own positive impact by choosing to be responsible tourists.
We strongly believe in leading by example. By choosing to stay at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp when you visit Chitwan National Park, you are supporting a move towards better elephant management throughout Nepal.
At Tiger Tops we do not provide the traditional elephant back safaris but walks into the jungle alongside our herd. We stopped the elephant safaris in order to minimize the use of the ankus (bull hook), which was often necessary during safaris, especially when elephants would encounter tigers.When you walk with the elephants instead of riding it, the experience is about the elephant itself instead of the elephant as a means for transportation. We find that this is a much more rewarding and engaging experience for our guests who all come away in awe of our resident herd.