GREEN HILL VALLEY

Elephant Camp with Re-Plantation

About Us

Green Hill Valley was founded in 2011 by a family with a history of working with elephants in the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE). The focus is primarily on providing care for elephants that are no longer fit to work. The family realized that Myanmar elephants working in timber camps were in precarious situation as logging slows down due to a variety of factors. Another reason for starting the GHV camp was the desire to educate and share information with both local residents and foreign visitors.

In 2012, the family managed to hire several disabled elephants from the MTE and a five-year-old male was added in July 2012. Thanks to the income provided by visitors, elephants at GHV can enjoy their full retirement and receive the veterinary care they require.

Vision

To introduce the beauty of Myanmar nature and friendship with exotic landscape. Beneficiary for local to develop the region with work opportunities. Environmental preservatioin and re-plantation will take part of project for forest revovery.

Mission

As we have been traveled through all over Myanmar for our professional guiding, we came to know that it would be a good timing to introduce our elephants in tourism with perspective view of nature and adventure, then we tried to include a program for re-plantation in our forest revovery.

Values

With 3 years of our regional survey in entire southern Shan state, we settled up our main camp in Magwe village (In the area close to Wet Phyu Ye reservoir, Kalaw township in southern Shan state). The place used to be a big timber logging camp with more than 20 elephants at the time of our late parents (around 1960s).

Myanmar’s Family-Run Elephant Sanctuary

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our services

Protecting our local environment, ensuring the well-being our elephants and educating local residents are all key components of our project.

Visitors are of course welcome to join us in our daily care programs for elephants.

Reforestation is another one of our guiding principles. Our forest recovery program is built around visitor participation.

Each visitor is invited to plant one regional tree from our nursery. The idea is not only to encourage forest recovery, but also to educate the local community about the importance of reforestation and risks posed by haphazard deforestation.

We would appreciate all visitors understand that we are not focus on demonstration, long riding and circus things with our old aged elephants.

Clients are recommended to wear long pants, long sleeved cotton shirts and good walking shoes. Sun screen is also suggested. Temperature in the summer time is very hot and we do not let our elephants be in the heat for washing and riding (12:00 – 16:00).

Programs for trek are subject to change, due to the weather in rainy season.

In order to conserve the nature, we have capacity control for the number of daily visitors. Reservation is necessary to fix our schedules for elephat team.

Recommend bringing insect repellents. Anti-malaria precautions have been taken around our camp area.

All safety precautions with the elephats have been taken.

It is necessary to contact our team in Kalaw (one day in advanced, before coming to camp).

Kalaw office: (+959-785145838), (+959-73107278) or (+959-798367562)

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Program A

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– Come straight to Magway elephant camp from Kalaw (45mins drive).

– Welcome by our team and inform about project (necessary information about camp will be given by English speaking staff).

– Walk (5-7mins) to elephant village and see the life of mahouts with their families.

– Time to introduce with our elephants and feed them our daily prepared food. Then team will lead you to the river where elephant bath and you can join for washing elephants like your owned pet.

Riding is not our main focus. We will let you be in touch with our elephants as Mahouts during the washing time.

– Lunch will be served at the main camp.

– You may able to have more information about elephants and forest (from our speakers). Then, you may explore around the forest area, opportunity to see butterflies, birds and orchids in our conservation area, if clients want to spend longer time in the nature. (own exploration).

– You are also welcome to join us by planting one regional tree for forest recovery efforts.

– Return to main camp and enjoy the view through valley.

– Drive back to Kalaw.

Program B

– Meet at Wet Pyu Ye junction, where our trek guide is waiting.

– Walk to the camp, opportunity to help in our re-plantation project.

– See the elephants coming through the river. (Clients can bath the elephants and feed the elephants with their Mahouts) if they wish!

Riding is not our main focus. We will let you be in touch with our elephants as Mahouts during the washing time.  

– Chance to see butterflies, birds and orchids along the trek.

– Arrived to our elephant village

– Lunch will be served at the main camp.

– Return to main road by feet.

– Back to Kalaw.

(1-2 hours Total walking time)

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Notes:

We would appreciate all visitors understand that we are not focus on demonstration, riding and circus things with our old aged and retired timber elephants. GHV stand for elephant care with responsible programs.

Temperature in the summer time is very hot and we do not let our elephants be in the heat for washing in the river, as it is a part of our elephant activities with clients. (11:00 to 15:00 is not the time for elephant washing in summer).

Depends on the late arrivals, clients are requested to wait at the main camp or spend the time at elephant village by joining us to feed and care with our daily schedule. (OR) clients are requested to arrive around 9:00 to 10:00 am for early elephant activities.

However we are trying to be flexible with both side of elephants and visitors.

Program for trek is subject to change, due to the weather.  

Client’s condition is considerable!

In order to conserve the nature, we have capacity control for the numbers of daily visitors. Reservation is necessary to fix our schedules for elephant team.

Recommend bringing insect repellents. However, Anti-malaria precautions have been taken around our camp area.

Clients are recommended to wear long pants, long sleeved cotton shirts and good walking shoes. Sunscreen is also suggested.

All safety precautions with the elephants have been taken. However, we do request you to follow the instruction of our respective escorts who accompany during our visit.

Requested to inform us in advance, if clients are not able to walk up and down between main camp and elephant village.

Dietary requirement for some clients are necessary to inform one day in advance. (Make a note that we don’t have any choice of Menu in last minute)

For reconfirmation and any other assistance, It is necessary to contact our team in Kalaw (one day in advanced, before coming to camp).

(+959-785145838) or (+959-798367562)

Email:  [email protected] (or) [email protected]

Web:  www.ghvelephant.com

our team

Our Team

Green Hill Valley Green Hill Valley operate by the Enthusiasm of the whole Team who loved to share their passion on elephants. GHV Team is working under management of 3 family members: Dr. Ba (Veterinarian, Project Manager) and 2 of our Founders Htun & Maw.

Ba

Project Manager - Veterinarian For over 30 years Ba worked with the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (M.T.E.) Elephant Department. He has a wealth of experience with both wild and domesticated elephants. Much of his time has been spent in the jungle with elephants. He has also participated in exchange programs with foreign zoos. Green Hill Valley relies on Ba and his fellow M.T.E. vets to provide medical care for the retired elephants.

Htun Htun Wynn

Founder Originally from Kalaw, Htun worked as a French-speaking tour guide for over a decade. He has grown fond of elephants thanks to his Uncle Ba, who is related to his wife’s family. His admiration of elephants and his love of the outdoors led him to found GHV with his family, where he now leads operations.

Tin Win Maw

Founder Maw grew up in a family that worked for the Myanmar Timber Enterprise and has been around elephants ever since she was little. At an early age, the work of her Uncle Ba allowed her to learn first-hand about elephants. She encouraged her husband and her uncle to setup a camp for retired timber elephants. She helped implement an educational project with the adjacent village that provides primary education for local children. She has also managed to send the children of the GHV elephant team to study in the village primary school. With the help of her team, she is in charge of key administrative duties dealing with both tourism and government ministry sectors.

Elephant care programs

“Elephant Spa Time”

By participating in daily care for elephants, visitors can enjoy a unique experience. They will learn about what goes into giving them a stress-free and happy retirement. The opportunity to bathe them in the river is a great way to get in touch with these gentle giants.

“Our Trend”

Protecting our local environment, ensuring the well-being our elephants and educating local residents are all key components of our project.
Visitors are of course welcome to join us in our daily care programs for elephants.

Reforestation is another one of our guiding principles. Our forest recovery program is built around visitor participation.

Each visitor is invited to plant one regional tree from our nursery. The idea is not only to encourage forest recovery, but also to educate the local community about the importance of reforestation and the risks posed by haphazard deforestation.

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