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Washing Elephants in Tangkahan

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Address: Green Lodge area | Tangkahan, Medan 20133, Indonesia
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Whilst visting Bukit Lawang we took a day trip to ride and wash the Elephants in Tangerang....Its expensive..as a car with driver ( 3 hours each way from Bukit on a VERY bumpy... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2016
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I didn't enjoy this at all. Elephant rocking their heads is a sign of stress - just like zoo animals. Their enclosure was REALLY small for all the elephants and their babies. Also the elephant riding... it's not humane and only stupid people who doesn't really love animals do it. Everything just felt like a circus. Nothing educational whatsoever and... More 

Thank Mikaela K
Singapore, Singapore
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The road towards Tangkahan is horrible. Long drives towards muddy, uneven road. Our vehicle even got stuck a couple of times. Sure, it's an eco-centric destination, but it's nothing special... more of the same rainforest which you can find anywhere else in Indonesia and rest of Southeast Asia. If you have never seen elephants before, then by all means go... More 

Thank Andrew D
Chester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited from Bukit Lawang for an 'hour' experience. We travelled for many hours to get there and waited several hours more before we could 'wash' the elephants. The whole experience lasted 15 minutes because it was raining. What a poor excuse. Tangkahan is situated near a rainforest! The guide from Tangkahan told us that it was very expensive to... More 

2 Thank Stuart P
Sao Paulo, SP
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

They give the elephants a bad treatment, kicking them , pulling them by the ears, hitting them with metal sticks. I regretted financing this and wouldn't recommend you to do so.

6 Thank Bbruzz
Luanda, Angola
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

It is amazing to ride the elephants through the jungle and through the river. A great experience to know the wild life at North Sumatra. At the end you can feed and wash the elephants, that really enjoy to be washed. A great, great experience, impossible not to love!

Thank ccustodioalves
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63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

First I had mixed feelings about this trip, but then I decided because of the kids and we all enjoyed cooling down in the river with the elephants. The rangers were amazing, really informative and kind. I was really happy, because elephants were really enjoying the bath and scrubbing. This was really fun and I can highly recommend.

Thank ZannaTravel
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 October 2016

This was an amazing experience. The elephants were extremely interactive, through playing in the water, to physically washing and feeding them. To top of the experience I received a shower from two elephants and some great photos with them.

Thank Amy_Traveller05
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I am a huge wildlife lover, and especially when it involves interacting with animals up close and personally. I had read some negative & positive reviews of this place, and at first was reluctant to come but did in the end come and visit since it was affordable. I arrived to see the elephants in a small pasture, with little... More 

7 Thank Hannah J
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Whilst visting Bukit Lawang we took a day trip to ride and wash the Elephants in Tangerang....Its expensive..as a car with driver ( 3 hours each way from Bukit on a VERY bumpy road)..plus the ride and washing come to over 100 euros for 2. That said...the rangers a really interesting, informative and professional...the ride fantastic through the forest and... More 

Thank mitchfrance
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

A circus attraction. I was ashamed to be here. The elephants are not treated well. They use sticks to probe the animals when they dont listen well or dont want to do a trick. They also use some kind of stones. Everything to make the tourist take the perfect picture and show off. They act like this was 'eco friendly'... More 

17 Thank Ryanne P

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