The newly opened Wanet elephant camp has become a major draw for visitors, especially during weekends, according to residents.
The Myanma Timber Enterprise, operating under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, officially opened the camp on March 30 near Wanet Village in PyinOoLwin Township, Mandalay region. It is situated on 140 acres of Zeebingyi forest reserve.
It is part of the government’s eco-tourism development plan. The opening of the new elephant camp is aimed at creating a top-class recreation area surrounded with the natural environment. The services offered at the new camp include short trips, elephant rides and the opportunity to feed elephants between 7 am and 6 pm daily.
Visitors can also enjoy traditional Myanmar food at cheaper rates within the camp. Visitors can observe elephants and their habitats, the natural surroundings, as well as obtain related information through a booth that has been opened at the camp.
The entry fee has been set at Ks1,000 per visitor, while the service charge for an elephant ride is Ks3,000.
Thiha Ko (Mandalay)