The Nathmaw elephant camp.
The highest earning elephant camp in Bago Region reopened yesterday for the travel season.
The Nathmaw camp in Pyay District opened for the first time between December and March and earned over Ks26 million. The elephants are reportedly released to the Bago Range during the rainy season when visitors are fewer in number.
Htun Htun Oo, deputy general manager of the Bago Region timber enterprise, said: “The camp is near the ports and its service fee is lower than that of other camps. So we can say it is the highest earning elephant camp in the country.”
Visitors can ride the elephants around the jungle and interact with them.
“We keep two males and one female and have ordered a mother and her baby,” said Tin Min Oo, deputy general manager of the Pyay timber enterprise. “An elephant ride lasts around 15 to 30 minutes.”
Foreign tourists are charged Ks20,000 for a ride and local visitors Ks2,000. The camp closes on Mondays. (US$1 = Ks1,350)
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