Finally, we managed to find the time to add Thailand's best place for wild elephant watching, Kui Buri national park, to our website. With 99% chance to see elephants and probably about 50% chance to see the world's largest wild cattle, the Gaur, our wildlife safaris in Kui Buri national park are like no other. The main elephant & gaur watching area used to be farmland. But this land has been returned to nature after too much conflicts with elephants raiding the pineapple plantations and other crops.
On our elephant watching tours in Kui Buri, we work together with local drivers and their assistants that live in the surrounding areas of the national park. This way these people make direct profit from the nature and the wildlife. Making them more committed to the protection of the area and its animals. As well as more tolerant to the occassional human-animal conflicts, like the elephants raiding their crops. Hopefully, this way the people and nature can live in harmony in the future.
It means your visit directly supports the local community and therefore helps in conservation of this wild place.
The area that's open for visitors, is limited in size. And opening hours in this part of the park are from 14:00PM till 18:00PM. Hiking is not allowed in this area. So, the tour purely consists of game drives and visiting lookouts where we wait for the animals to show up.
For a more close-to-nature experience, we recommend our tours in Kaeng Krachan national park where it is possible to go hiking, and where there is access to the taller, species-rich, primary forests. Combining these two parks is the ultimate way of experiencing Thai wildlife. Kaeng Krachan is rich in biodiversity, but sightings of the large herbivores like elephants are not so common here. Getting the best from both worlds, is to do a 3-day wildlife tour in Kaeng Krachan, and add the afternoon safari in Kui Buri national park for elephant and possibly Gaur or even Banteng watching.