Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park is located about 300km east of Luang Prabang in Laos. The park hosts the Nam Nern Night Safari which is a 24-hour, boat-based tour into the heart of the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area. This tour is one of the few places in the country that you can experience the abundance of wildlife from Laos in their natural habitat, such as tigers, deer and otters to name just a few.
The tour is at the forefront of Ecotourism in Laos which is building a bridge between between conservation and tourism. Around 20% of the tour fee goes into a local fund, which is shared by villages that surrounded the tour area. This money is used to promote wildlife conservation and the people from the village are also employed by the park to work as as guides, boatmen, cooks, lodge caretakers and craftspeople.
The Nam Nern Night safari has won the prestigious ‘World Responsible Tourism Award’ at the World Travel Mart in London, England, both in 2013 and 2014. It has been created to give opportunities and support the local people and their livelihoods whilst preserving and helping the wildlife in Laos. Since 2009, the Lao PDR Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have developed ecotourism activities to create a direct link between conservation and tourism so that the money that guests pay has a positive impact on encouraging local people to protect endangered tigers and other wildlife.
As well as trekking and wildlife spotting there are many nature activities during the tour such as bird watching, wildlife tracking, nighttime wildlife spotting, discovery of medicinal plants and an early morning hike. Visitors to the Night Safari overnight in one of our two-person traditional Lao bungalows in the ecolodge, built and managed by the community and overlooking the Nam Nern River from the forest edge.
The highlight of the trip is the nighttime wildlife-spotlighting, when long-tail boats drift down the Nam Nern River looking for wild and endangered animals before returning visitors to the ecolodge within the national park.
There are 5 departments which dedicated themselves to the operating and maintenance of the park and tours The enforcement team which is responsible for patrolling the protected area and its boundaries in order to stop and prevent illegal activities. The conservation outreach is dedicated to local people’s participation in the management of the Protected Area. The monitoring and research unit which monitors the health of the ecosystem and populations of key species, including tigers and other endangered animals, and research a range of issues including human-wildlife conflict. Land-use management which helps villagers to manage their resources in order to increase production from agriculture and livestock and to reduce wildlife conflicts and forest degradation and lastly Ecotourism which provides additional income and benefits linked to conservation through a village development fund.
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