we used to make a lot of money from riding elephants...


Elephants are majestic creatures, so you're not alone if you've wanted to ride one. But what we don't see is the cruelty that goes on behind the scenes: elephants taken from the wild and kept in chains, all for the sake of entertainment.

Being Intrepid means daring to go where others haven't. In 2014, we became the first global travel company to ban elephant riding on our tours. Putting animal rights before our bottom line sent a clear message to the rest of the industry; now more than 160 travel companies have joined us in the movement to be kind to elephants. We hope that as this movement gains momentum, and more travel companies take this stance, the cruel practice of elephant riding will end.

To pledge your support and help end elephant riding for good, make a donation to our World Elephant Day fundraiser via The Intrepid Foundation. Every dollar donated will be matched by the Intrepid Group, and 100% of your donation goes directly to the projects being supported.

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Chiang Mai & Elephants

Visit Thailand's Elephant Nature Park, the centre featured in Intrepid's video. Learn the rescued elephants’ stories and see the incredible work being done to protect these creatures.

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Wild Sarawak


Journey into the wilds of Malaysian Borneo in search of endemic proboscis monkeys, then spend time with critically endangered orangutans at a rehabilitation centre. 

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Explore Southern Africa Trip Map 2019

Explore Southern Africa

Embark on an ethical safari through southern Africa in search of the Big Five, supporting grassroots projects that protect these creatures and their environment along the way.

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East Africa Expedition - Last Northern White Rhinos Trip Map 2019

Last White Rhinos - Expedition

See some of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos and hear conservation tales from their dedicated keepers on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition to East Africa. 

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Complete Galapagos Trip Map 2019

Complete Galapagos

Snorkel with turtles, swim with sea lions and scale volcanoes in an environment so biodiverse and unique it inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. 

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Botswana Highlights Trip Map 2019

Botswana Highlights

Swim in view of elephants, spot warthogs from a mokoro and wake to birdsong during a trip that celebrates the diversity of Botswana’s wildlife. 

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Sumatra Adventure

Journey to one of Indonesia’s last protected rainforests for a chance to spot endangered Sumatran orangutans in their natural environment. 

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Best of Costa Rica

With some of the greatest bio-diversity on the planet, with birds, monkeys, turtles, sloths, butterflies – Costa Rica is a nature-lover's paradise.

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