Through the collaborative efforts of Sapana Village Lodge and Direct Aid Nepal, we have established a chain-free shelter for our rescued elephants. The lodge is dedicated to practicing ethical elephant activities aimed at caring for these majestic giants.

In essence, our guiding principle is “No Chain, No Pain, and No Ride.” Guests can enjoy various programs, such as the Sunrise Walk and Breakfast with Giants, treating giants by feeding them fruit and vegetable baskets, and engaging in a friendly bathing session. The lodge encompasses a vast grassland area with a flowing river, providing a picturesque setting to observe elephants enjoying baths, grazing, or playing in the mud.

Happy Elephant in Sapana Village Lodge
Happy Elephant in Sapana Village Lodge
Happy Elephant in Sapana Village Lodge

We have curated some wonderful ethical activities for you to experience with our elephants. Spend the entire day with these majestic creatures by joining our Elephant Day Care Program. There is no need to ride; instead, relish the joy of being with our happy elephants..

  • Start the day with a bush walk  in the early morning  observing our elephants graze, pull down branches, and just being elephants.
  • In appropriate weather the elephants enjoy bathing; they are graceful swimmers and fun to watch.
  • Join our Mahouts (Caretakers) for cleaning the enclosures, making elephant  food (Kuchi), feeding them from the respecting distance
  • A jeep will take you and the Mahouts to collect elephant food an adventure in itself and the elephants love what you collect.


  • 6.30 am To 08.30 am – Sunrise Elephant Bush Walk (Guided Trip) enjoying the movement of the elephants. Listen to the stories about our  amazing herd.  There will be many photo opportunities.  After your walk you have breakfast outside across the river.  After breakfast our Mahouts will guide you to the elephant center to participate in the elephant center cleaning program.
  • 10:00 Coffee on the Veranda while you wait for the elephant.
  • 11.00 to 11.45 am – Weather permitting walk down to the river along with elephant while she bathes. Great photo opportunity and opportunity to feed the elephant fruits when she comes out of the water.
  • 12.00 pm – Lunch in Sapana Restaurant (An approximately time)
  • 13.30 pm – Jeep ride with mahouts to collect elephant food. (elephant grass, banana trees, bamboos and tree branches)
  • 15.30 pm – Prepare elephant food  (Kuchi), the mixture of rice, molasses, grams and salt wrapped in elephant grass or straw.
  • Dinner at your leisure in our platform overlooking the shelter.
  • Goodnight sleep well!


  • Day long elephant activities
  • English speaking local guide
  • All meals for the day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Regular Tea or Coffee
  • 10% service and 13% government tax


  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Soft and alcohol drinks