The Best Place to See Wild Elephants in China

Wild Elephants in China China Holidays

The best place and most unique place to see Wild Elephants in China is the Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant & Nature Reserve in south west China. A visit the Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant & Nature Reserve is an excellent experience as it one of the few places in the world where humans are caged in and the wild elephants roam freely in their natural habitat.

There is no guarantee that you will see them even if you travel all the way to the southern part of China on the border with Laos and Burma. They usually travel in tribes of 6 -7 elephants together, led by the oldest female, the ‘matriarch’ and come out during the night when you can hear them playing and bathing at the local stream. The wild elephants are reported to have well developed hearing, vision, and are also fine swimmers. The wooden lodges or “tree houses” at the the Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant & Nature Reserve are built high in the trees and are best for observations of wild elephants but you would need to stay overnight. And be very patient and quiet.

There are only 300 of these gentle animals left to roam freely in the dense tropical rain forests crossed by clean rivers and which cover 369 hectares at an altitude ranging from 747 to 1055 meters. As well as wild elephants you may see wild oxen, green peacocks and monkeys.

5 things about Asian Wild Elephants:

1) The Asian elephant is the largest terrestrial mammal in Asia.
2) Asian elephants are smaller than African Elephants.
3) Asian elephants have a single “finger” on the upper part of the trunk while Africans have one on the upper and lower part of the trunk.
4) Asian Elephants have smaller ears.
5) The ears of Asian Elephants are constantly flapping to cool themselves.

China Holidays offer visit to the Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant & Nature Reserve. Please check China Holidays website or call us on 020 7487 2999 for details. Alternatively email us on

The Best Place to See Wild Elephants in China
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