Kui Buri elephant safari, half day
Kui Buri National Park is known to be the best place in Thailand to spot elephants and relatively good chanse to spot gaurs, and that sometimes in big herds. Gaurs are the biggest cattle species and the fourth biggest land-mammal species in the world. Other possible sightings during the tours include sambar deer, banteng and wild boar.
Due to strict regulations this half-day wildlife safari tour doesn't include any hiking activities apart from leaving the vehicle for short walks to viewing areas, we will only be allowed to do safari driving. During our tour we scan the forest edges on grassland areas known to be prime elephant habitat in hope to see mainly elephants and/or gaurs.
From 2:30 p.m. till 6 p.m.
Wildlife tours in Kui Buri National Park are strickly regulated and limited to certain hours. After a mandatory registration we will get assigned an open-air vehicle with driver and an assistant. The tour will begin by driving slowly into the reserve on the main dirt road north heading to the main grassland areas. While driving slowly, we will search for any wildlife including birds or any other other smaller as well as bigger animals. Our first stop will be a viewing area where we leave the vehicle in hope to spot wildlife, mainly elephants. We will later on continue to the next viewing area at the end of the road, best known for spotting gaurs, but also elephants and sometimes bantengs.
During the tour, your guide will give you information about the habitat, wildlife and history of the park.
The type of assigned vehicles is open-air pick-up truck driven by locals. It is the Kui Buri National Park's policy to let locals do the driving, a policy that showed to be a success in reducing the poaching in the park.
Where & When?
Kui Buri National Park lies at about 1.5 hours driving from Hua Hin and nearly 4 hours from Bangkok. We can offer private transfers from Bangkok, Hua Hin or other destinations. The park is open all year round.
These half-day safaris are private tours, please send an inquiry for rates.
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Tour rates include:
- Entrance fees
- English speaking guide
- Drinking water
Reviews from our guests
We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.
By: Amy Sin, Hong Kong | posted Sun 17 Mar, 2019
Enjoyed the day out. The guides and driver were very attentive and respectful to our individual needs.
By: Yehonatan Samocha, Israel | posted Fri 15 Mar, 2019
I came over with 8 friends to Thailand with aiming to see wild animals. In the tour we meet our guide "beer" which from the first moment treated us like family. He was going as far and beyond to make this tour amazing and it was! We got way more then what we expected at the first place.
Thank you so very much!
By: Inger, Denmark | posted Tue 12 Mar, 2019
We had an amazing time in the national park! We saw 14 wild elephants and our guide was the best!
We hope to come back one day.
By: Andrew Perkins, Thailand | posted Sat 2 Mar, 2019
We made our booking through the National Parks web site which worked very well. Our first surprise was to be told that cheaper services were available from others although they may not provide English speaking guides and may make up larger groups. We decided to stay with the National Parks, and were very happy that we did so. The guide met us slightly before the arranged time. She was able to speak very good English and provided very good information over the whole visit.
We were lucky to see a large heard of around 30 elephants at the first main viewing point. We were able to watch them go into the water hole, dust off and feed. The designated viewing areas give good views over large areas of grass land surrounded by dense jungle so the elephants can sometime be quite close and sometimes quite far away. It is good idea to have either binoculars or a camera with a long lens in case the heard is some distance away.
We continued in to the park and were lucky to find a single young male in woodland at the end of the track and an older single male at the water hole near the ranger station so were also able to view these from much closer.
The whole afternoon was well organised with very helpful and knowledgeable guides. We would defiantly recommend paying the slightly higher fee to book with the Park Authority.
By: Terence, Australia | posted Tue 19 Feb, 2019
Excellent, very enjoyable! Saw lots of elephants - Thai local guide ‘Som’ was amazing!
By: Jakobsen, Denmark | posted Sat 16 Feb, 2019
Very nice trip with superb guide. We saw a lot of elefants close up. Our guide was very competent and new a lot about the wildlife in the park. Very good experience.
By: Michael Burrowbridge, United States | posted Tue 12 Feb, 2019
Our guide was awesome, and was great at explaining everything we saw, from animals to plants and trees. We were fortunate to see elephants twice, a gaur, jackal, and lots of birds. We could not have had a better experience.
By: Vera Kraamwinkel, Belgium | posted Mon 11 Feb, 2019
As a guide, I booked a tour for a group of 12 people.
Communications went very well, I got quick and helpfull responses.
Prices/quality seemed really good so I decided to book.
We had Bill as our guide and had a great experience, everyone described it as the best activity from the whole trip. He was very kind and spoke English really well. Our patience was rewarded multiple times with seeing many elephants and even baby elephants.
We surely recommend booking their tour!
By: Daniel Senn, Switzerland | posted Thu 7 Feb, 2019
When visiting a Zoo, the Elephants live in our world - entering the Park was a very different experience - you are then (if even for a few hours) in the Elephants world. Then seeing them tops the experience. The later hours are the best! Our guide was fantastic and truly 'into Elephants and Wildlife' and we tasted every minute of the experience - of course we were the last truck to leave the park - meeting again with an Elephant just as a surprise - only 30m/100ft from us. Fantastic tour - Thank you
By: Marlies Woodtli, Switzerland | posted Sun 3 Feb, 2019
It was a very friendly tourguide. Explained a lot and took good care of us. It was a great experience. Thank you
Tour details in short:
- Duration: 0.5 day
- Type: Private tour
- Price: 1,050 to 3,500 THB per person
- Group size: 1 or more people
- Grade: Easy
- Transport: Safari vehicle
- Start: 2:30 p.m.
- End: 6 p.m.
What to bring
- Rain clothing
- Insect repellent
- Sunblock lotion
- Hat or cap