ELEPHANT SAFARI IN DAK LAK AND YOK DON NATIONAL PARK

3 DAY NATURE AND WILDLIFE

Hanoi/ Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) - Buon Ma Thuot - Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center - Yok Don National Park - Buon Ma Thuot - Hanoi/ Saigon

Highlight

Today you’ll have to be extremely, extremely lucky to see wildlife on a trek in Yok Don so don’t get your hopes up. In fact, we hope the remaining animals stay deep in the interior far away from the humans that have done a pretty thorough job of hunting them to near extinction. Trekking in Yok Don is about stretching your legs and taking a walk in the woods. You have to start off early if want any chance of seeing a beast. We were told it’s possible to still see monkeys.

ELEPHANT SAFARI IN DAK LAK AND YOK DON NATIONAL PARK

Include

  • Double/Twin/Triple shared room at hotel with daily breakfast (or similar)
  • Private transportation by air-conditional vehicle
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Meals are mentioned in the itinerary (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program.

Exclude

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa letter and Visa stamp to Vietnam
  • Other meals and optional tour
  • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
  • Drinks, personal expense (phone call, laundry, tip...)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers (at least USD 3/person/day)…

Early this morning we will fly from Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh city to Buon Ma Thuot. Buon Ma Thuot is the capital city of Dak Lak Province which is located in the south central highlands of Vietnam and bordering Cambodia. Once we arrive in Buon Ma Thuot we will travel to the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center located close to Yok Don National Park. Animal Management Supervisor for Elephants, Erin Ivory, has been working with this center to help train staff and create enriched lives for the elephants who call the center home. The elephants at the center have come from captive situations such as forestry working camps, local villages and the tourist trade. This will be a rare chance to see all the work Erin has been doing to aid in the welfare of these elephants and will provide ample opportunities to see the elephants. After spending the majority of the day at the center we will travel to Yok Don National Park and check into our accommodations at the park guesthouses. We will have dinner and may take a night hike tonight. 

Today we will have a full day to visit Yok Don National Park. Yok Don is home to the largest herd of wild Asian Elephants left in Vietnam though their numbers are small and the population is dwindling. We are unlikely to see these wild elephants as they usually inhabit portions of the park which are off limits to tourists. The park is also home to many other mammal and bird species and we will do our best to see as much biodiversity as possible today.  The forests of Yok Don are dry and deciduous which makes them quite different from those we will see in the other parks. This unique habitat type is home to many special species, and though mammals are fairly scarce, the birdlife is plentiful and could include Green Peafowl, White-rumped Falcon, Alexandrine Parakeet, Black-headed Woodpecker, Rufous Treepie and Mekong Wagtail. Yok Don is also a visually scenic park with excellent forests and the beautiful Serepok River which flows over several waterfalls as it meanders through the park. After a full day of exploring we will once again overnight at the park guesthouses.

After breakfast, heading to Buon Ma Thuot airport for your departure flight. End of service.

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