Do you want to have a one-in-a-lifetime experience while also making a positive impact for conservation efforts? Spend a couple days with the elephants at Seblat and you will understand why these magnificent animals are worth protecting. Seblat is one of only six Elephant Conservation Centers in Indonesia. In an effort to protect wild elephant populations, rehabilitate wild elephants caught in human-elephant conflict, and safeguard other forms of wildlife, the government created several protected forests to conserve endangered species and their habitat.
The rarely-visited Seblat Elephant Conservation Center (ECC) offers a variety of fun and challenging outdoor activities including feeding and bathing the trained elephants, trekking with the elephants and their mahouts (trainers) through the jungles, and even forging across the Seblat River with the elephants. If you desire an extended stay, you can also go on patrol with an elephant ranger team to potentially observe elephants in the wild and help discourage poachers and encroachers. A visit to the ECC provides extra income to the under-funded site, helps encourage more frequent patrolling, and demonstrates to the surrounding community that wild elephants are more than just pests that destroy their crops.
Leave from Bengkulu city in the morning stopping along the way to eat lunch. Arrive at Seblat Conservation Center before 2pm in order to cross the river by canoe. Settle into the shelters and relax after your journey. In the afternoon, cool off by bathing in the river with the elephants. Help the mahouts (elephant trainers) scrub down and clean the elephants. When night falls, relax in the shelter and bring a good book to read as you enjoy the sounds of the jungle around you and the thousands of stars above.
Wake up, eat breakfast, and get ready for a unique expedition into the jungle. Join the mahouts for a jungle trek with the elephants. Hike with the elephants for up to 4 hours (longer if you stay an extra night…see itinerary below). After your journey, eat lunch, say goodbye to your new friends and depart for Bengkulu.
Cost: Rp. 6,000,000 for 2 people
If you desire to extend your stay at Seblat you can choose one of these options:
After the jungle trek on day 2 with the elephants, come back to camp, and cool off by bathing in the river with the elephants one more time. Relax again that night in your shelters, read a good book, and enjoy your surroundings. Take your time and depart for Bengkulu the next day
A Night in the Jungle:
On day 2 prepare for an extended jungle trek with the elephants to a waterfall (4 hours one way). Camp out with the elephants and mahouts in the jungle for one night…don’t worry you have elephants to protect you! In the morning, journey back to the conservation center along the Seblat river. Eat lunch and depart for Bengkulu city.
Cost: Rp. 7,500,000 for two people
Join the mahouts on a routine multiple-day patrol deep into protected forests. As you journey around the Selbat Conservation, keep your eyes open for wild elephants, tigers, and other endangered species. Trek with the elephants by day and sleep in the jungle each night. This trip is not for the faint of heart!
Contact us for specific dates and details.
Activities: Camping, Swimming, Wildlife, Conservation
Terrain: Jungles, Rivers, Palm Oil Plantations
Duration: 2-10 days
Months of Operation: All year round
Location: 4.5 hours from Bengkulu
Nearest Town: Suka Baru
Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)
Total Cost: 2 days/1 night – Rp. 6,000,000 for 2 people
3 day/2 night – Rp. 7,500,000 for 2 people
Extended stay (5-10 days) – contact us for more details
Conditions: Price package includes
Trekking through the jungle with elephants
Taking a bath with the elephants in the river
Lodging – basic shelter with 4 beds and plenty of floor space for large groups
Permits, tickets, food, and transportation
Minimum 3 Day Advanced Booking Required for this Trek due to Permit Processing
Feel free to ask the mahouts questions about:
Life at Seblat
The story of each elephant
and how they care for the elephants
Participating in the daily activities with the elephants at Seblat will help support the center's conservation efforts.
Find out more about the importance of protecting these magnificent animals here