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Washing Elephants in Tangkahan

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Green Lodge area | Tangkahan, Medan 20133, Indonesia
+62 852-7560-5865
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The Green Gem North Sumatra Has to Offer

I went to Tangkahan twice this year, and all the experiences I had, kept me coming to this site... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mixed feelings - hopefully will change with time

It's the interesting that most people find the idea of dancing bears terrible but are happy to... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
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  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible13%
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“great fun” (4 reviews)
“bukit lawang” (11 reviews)
“hour ride” (3 reviews)
Green Lodge area | Tangkahan, Medan 20133, Indonesia
+62 852-7560-5865
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Tangkahan twice this year, and all the experiences I had, kept me coming to this site again and again. Washing the elephants are one of it. Surrounded by the nature, you've got all the chances to come closer and washing the elephants....More

Thank EnigmaNebula
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

It's the interesting that most people find the idea of dancing bears terrible but are happy to crawl all over the elephants with scrubbing brushes, ride them and watch them do tricks under see the cover of conservation. No .... no... no this isn't conservation....More

1  Thank Colonel-Chris
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We were not sure whether we would enjoy this experience having read some reviews, but I am so glad we did. Perhaps the negative reviews come from people who were desperate to find something wrong with this place and who have a fundamental issue with...More

2  Thank mdw11
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

We travelled from bukit lawang to spend a few hours in Tangkahan. The 50km drive took 2.5 hrs and the roads really are atrocious. It was a gruelling trip. However, our time with eles made up for it and more. We had a 1 hour...More

Thank Matvl
Reviewed 12 July 2017

you can feel freash air , when you open your eyes you can see forest . and trip with elephants so fantastic.

Thank Dewi V
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Yes, Tangkahan is a good 3 hours or more from Medan by some pretty rough roads. This experience is amazing. You are taken for an hour trek into the jungle and then you get to wash, pet and feed the elephants (many choose not to...More

Thank Samuel C
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This was easily the most fulfilling experience I've ever had in our five years traveling the world. I've read a few reviews, and I support a sanctuary of thousands of acres for former performing animals, mostly African and Asian elephants. There are no chains used...More

2  Thank ruthandvern
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Being able to touch, wash, feed and interact with these majestic animals was unreal. The money generated from elephant tourism goes directly to the CRU- Conservation Response Unit an NGO dedicated to combatting the illegal logging and poaching that threatens the jungle and the former...More

3  Thank Patrick S
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I wavered on coming here for quite some time due to the negative TripAdvisor reviews, finally deciding the night prior to go through with it. We are very glad we did. We had a lot of talks with locals in Bukit Lawang...More

5  Thank BenChui
Reviewed 22 April 2017 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...More

5  Thank Mikaela K
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Lisajane G
6 September 2016|
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Response from Heidi K | Reviewed this property |
I think the only way to answer that is to see it for yourself. Support for non-palm oil activities for the locals is important for preservation of the forest/wildlife. Would be interested in hearing from the operator's... More
14 November 2015|
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Response from JasonBaerhold | Reviewed this property |
Yes, You should stay two nights for the best experience. 'Jungle Inn' is closest to the best spot for swimming in the river. (relaxing and fun) near the hot spring and secluded waterfall. (great ways to spend a day) Arrive... More