Mahout means Elephant Keeper or Elephant Driver.
The course starts by teaching visitors about the importance of elephant care and husbandry including correct eating, sleeping, bathing and exercise. We then progress to the basic commands to control an elephant. You will learn the verbal and body language to communicate with the elephant followed by hands-on practice. After this basic training, you have the chance of practical experience caring for the elephants including bathing, feeding and other every-day activities.
Highlights of the Basic Mahout Training Camp
What to Bring
Yes, you will be working but you will be working with and taking care of the most amazing creatures in the world! You are making a valuable contribution to the safekeeping of the elephants.
You should come and stay at the camp and enjoy spending your time with these sweet, majestic animals. You won't forget the experience and they will never forget you either!
The Commands You Will Learn
We enjoy teaching our mahout trainees skills with elephants and if you are interested we will even teach you how to cook Thai food! We don't have set hours for trainees to be available, some days we require more help than others but we always try to accommodate the plans of those who have come to help us. We also like to show people around and quite often take our guests sightseeing alongside our customers!
As for the type of work, that also depends on the day. Sometimes we need help gathering food for the elephants from the fields or helping in our gardens. We also appreciate help with our English. We get many guests who speak English and appreciate it when our trainees help us teach them about our elephants. As a trainee, you will get to take the elephants to the mountain and sometimes to the river to bathe them as well.