- Unique luxury floating camp experience
- Secluded location within national park
- Up-close elephant experience
- Canoeing, hiking, swimming in lake
Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp is a luxurious and unusual floating tented camp in a beautiful spot on the Cheow Larn Lake in Southern Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park. The property boasts a particularly picturesque setting thanks to the surrounding limestone mountains and lush rainforests. The campsite is environmentally friendly with green energy (wind and solar) used throughout.
Accommodation here is certainly unique - not only is the camp located in a fascinatingly diverse and unspoiled natural park filled with all sorts of vegetation and wildlife, it also provides the rare experience of sleeping on a lake. There are 20 luxury safari tents in total and all of them come with modern, comfortable beds, as well as hardwood floors, a fan, handsomely crafted furnishings and an en-suite bathroom with a hot and cold shower and a western-style toilet. Electricity is provided, though be aware that due to the camp’s reliance on wind and solar energy, it may only be available at limited times. While the location is breathtaking, do come prepared for some mosquitos and other insects: all of the tents come equipped with mosquito nets.
This rainforest camp offers a variety of adventures in the immediate area, catering to all kinds of travellers both young and old. One of the highlights is the ‘Elephant Experience’ – as part of this experience, guests get to see elephants up close, feed them, wash them and interact with them. Other activities include trips to local markets, visits to secluded beaches, canoeing down the river, hiking through the rainforest and going out on wildlife spotting excursions. The Explorer’s Bar is where guests typically gather after a day of activities to relax with drinks and exchange stories. Buffet-style meals consist of mostly western options for breakfast, with Thai delicacies on offer for lunch and dinner.
Children over the age of seven are welcome to stay at Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp. Families of five or more are obliged to book two separate tents, as each tent can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children. Due to the campsite’s wild location, parents are strongly advised to keep an eye on their children at all times and we recommend that any children staying here be good swimmers, since swimming in the lake is a very popular activity. Families with children younger than 7 years of age may wish to consider a stay at property's sister camp, Elephant Hills.
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023