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We (a party of two) have just returned from a trek in the Khoa Sok national park in Thailand. The first portion of the trek included an elephant experience. We expected to maybe have a short ride on an elephant, then feed them... etc etc. What we instead found was this: Arriving at the elephant "sanctuary" we were plonked on top of a random elephant. The ...


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The last trade route regularly used by camel caravans in Sahara is the Darb-el-arbain, or the forty days road, from Sudan to Egypt. The traded goods are the camels themselves. As recently as May 25, 2013, a TV documentary about this trade route has been broadcast by Arte, the German-French TV channel. This documentary is available during one week on the ...


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If you're willing to look a bit further afield, Chiang Dao Nest, a little over an hour north of Chiang Mai, does rather good elephant-free treks. Their site also mentions some treks with elephant rides, but they have plenty of other options as well. Their guides are all local hill tribe people and all in all their setup is pretty good, they'll pick you up ...


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Desert tours in Morocco run year round. As a tour operator in Morocco we organize tours to Erg Chebbi sand dunes by Merzouga anytime of the year, all summer and even during Ramadan. But we discourage clients coming to Erg Chegaga sand dunes by M'hamid. Because these sand dunes are in complete wilderness, over 1 hour off road driving though the desert and ...


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I am afraid that troika rides are not easily available in Ukraine. Online search on troika rides in Ukraine gives no meaningful results. I think I can explain why. Troika is a cultural icon of Russia, not Ukraine. And seeing how are the political relationship between Russia and Ukraine - nearly open hostilities - I would not expect to find troika rides ...


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Marrakech has a big palm tree garden that seems part of the desert itself (well, like an oasis really). I don't remember the name, but it's really near the city center and every taxi driver knows where it is (just ask for camel riding). There are a lot of camels and people that offers camel riding to tourists. Also, there are travel agencies that offers ...


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Unfortunately there is no humane way to ride elephants. The elephants suffer a great deal when their spirits are broken to make them more obedient to us humans. Besides that, their spine is not very strong and so having a carriage on their spine is quite painful. We wrote a post about an alternative to riding with elephants which you can check out here. An ...


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You only have to do a google search for videos. The elephants are not heavily mistreated during rides because they cannot be used until they have been "broken in" -- which means, as far as I can see, torture while young to break the animal's spirit. There are elephant conservation areas and elephant hospitals where you can get to know the animals. If you ...


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I believe such tours were available 10 years ago but I doubt that anybody is offering journeys across the Sahara today, no matter the transport means. I have some vague recollection of acquaintances doing this kind of thing a long time ago, before the Algerian civil war of the '90s but if you believe travel advisories from the different Foreign Affairs ...


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For the 'proper' desert experience, many travellers head to the town of Merzouga and then onwards into the Sahara desert from there. Sure, you can find camels to ride in Marrakech but I reckon the experience won't feel the same as riding a camel in the desert. For that, I would suggest any of the tour agencies or even your hotel / riad that can arrange day ...


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I lived in Chiang Mai for over two years but never got around to visiting one of the few elephant parks in the region. There are a few parks that are known for their fair treatment of elephants, it not being uncommon the elephants at these parks to have been sourced from circuses and whatnot, where they would have been treated, well, not very well. I don't ...


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This is actually not the case and while no site states that tours run year round you could find references on TripAdvisor where a user documents his trip to Sahara in June and another referring to a similar tour in September. And while tours might be suggested for November through February because the temperatures in the winter might be more comfortable for ...


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It's not usually about tone, you could have a six pack and still weigh 120kg, look at a lot of rugby players! And the camel/horse still has to lift it and carry it, no matter what shape you are. It looks like you'll be ok, for the most part, as long as you don't go too far past that 90kg. Some sources: Visit Mongolia cites the max weight for a horse at ...


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There were camels and their attendants on the beach in Essaouira when I was there ten years ago touting for tourists to take rides. It's a lot easier to get to than the Sahara and it's a pretty chill place too. But it will just be a ride along the beach, which might or might be suitable since you didn't mention if you wanted to go trekking or not. A ...


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