Visitors flock to Ayeyawady elephant camps

Min Thu Win Htut
A Ngwesaung elephant camp. (Photo-EMG)

Four elephant camps in Ayeyawady Region have attracted more local and foreign visitors this year than in previous years, according to local officials.
The elephant camps are located in Ngwesaung, Chaungtha, Katoeaing and Moemakha. Admission costs Ks 2,000 for local visitors and US$5 for foreigners. There are additional charges for riding elephants.
Despite the recent increase in interest, officials say the camps are still relatively unknown, and the numbers of visitors are small as compared the numbers of people who visit Ngwesaung and Chaungthar beaches.
“One of the elephant camps, namely Ngwesaung, opened in 2002. It has only five elephants. Visitors can also take pictures with the elephants. The number of visitors to our camp increased this year,” said Thura Tun, an official from the Ngwesaung elephant camp.