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Elephant Safari Park
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Tegalalang
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Get up close and personal with Bali's largest herd of 31 Sumatran elephants at the island's premiere interactive and intimate elephant experience set among lush botanical gardens and jungle. Our resident giants can be seen immersing themselves in the park lake, in between riding, painting or other activities. Guests can observe, hand feed, touch, and take photos with our elephants, all the while learning more about them along the way.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We purchased the bathe and breakfast + safari ride package for our anniversary. We were told that we would be picked up between 6:30-7am by the company so we waited for our driver from 6:15. We did not get picked up until 7:55am, because our driver was lost and originally went to a different hotel with a similar name.
We arrived at the elephant lodge and spoke to the manager who allowed us to have the buffet breakfast first despite us clearly holding up everyone. Breakfast was good but we felt rushed because of how everyone said they were waiting for us.

Washing TK the elephant was a great experience! The trainer had a good bond with her and was nice to us. Our guide throughout the day was incredibly nice and took many photos for us.

The swim was also incredible. The trainer was also nice and had a good bond with Mona. I definitely recommend this activity because it felt less commercialised and inhumane than the safari ride. (See more later)

The show was good. Didn’t look inhumane or circus-like. It was a short show which I was happy about because it was a hot day for us let alone the elephants.

This is where things take a turn. The safari ride. It is a very long ride if from the beginning you want to get off. The trainer on our elephant for the ride was not friendly and very aggressive to the elephant. He would consistently hit her on the head with a bull tusk?/ wooden stick or in her ear. He would also kick her behind the ears or grab her skin behind the ears to make her do what he wanted. He didn’t talk to us (which surprised us when we saw other people enjoying their ride) and gave us the sense that he hated his elephant and didn’t want to be there. There were many things we wanted to ask or have explained. Like the elephants chained up. Or like the very skinny elephant chained up at the start that was making a lot of noise. While I’m sure there’s explanations to these things, we didn’t get one. I will never do a safari ride on top of an elephant again. Only bare back like the swim.

The manager offered for us to choose a painting done by an elephant to remedy the 2 hour wait for our driver. However they had already picked one for us and didn’t allow us to choose. It was made clear that the value was $75 USD. We didn’t have an option to turn down this offer. It was pushed on us.

The lodge is a great place to relax for half the day. I recommend the bathe and breakfast without the safari ride if you want to experience up close encounters with the elephants.

2  Thank Yasmine B
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

New experince for me ride elephant, im very happy, ilove elephant. Hope i can back here to meet and ride elephant next time.

Thank Mehdibeloud
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Our group of 4 did the Jumbo Wash and had a wonderful experience. To get to wash, pat, hug and feed an Elephant is an amazing experience.

The pickup and drop off was great.
The buffet lunch was good.
The show was fantastic.
The Elephants all look happy and seem to enjoy what they are doing. You can see that the staff care about the animals.

We opted to not do the ride on the Elephants.

Thank Tim D
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

After reading the reviews I put this on the top of my list of things to do in ubud. We opted for the wash, bathe and breakfast. The 5 hour $300 experience was really 10 minutes of washing and bathing with the elephants followed by being ushered along for the next group to have there turn. Breakfast was basic buffet and then on top of that if you want to feed elephants and get photos you must pay additional charge. I hated seeing the elephants chained up on small chains in which they look agitated and unhappy. Save your money and donate to PETA.

7  Thank Amanda B
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Went here today after wondering if i should or not (didnt know if it would be cruel) everything seemed ok its about £15 each to get in. Elephants that we saw seemed happy and well looked after. Had a few pics took with them. Wouldnt never ride an elephant however people have done for centuries... the elephants are very well fed and seemed happy enough. I loved it as i have never been so close to an elephant. The place is also easy to find on a scooter.

Thank Katie J
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