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Elephant Safari Park & Lodge
Ranked #22 of 481 Speciality Lodging in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worthwhile addition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

We stayed three days at the end of a family holiday in Bali. I thought it might be nice for the kids to experience these beautiful animals up close and I'm so glad we did. It was a relaxing, inspiring and perfect finish to a family holiday. The staff were so accommodating and the park activities very well organized. Coupled with a few trips into Ubud, I couldn't have planned a better finish to our holiday. A must visit in Bali. I can't believe I've waited so long to come here.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Georgia H
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Ballarat, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

Takes a long time to get there from Kuta. The elephants all seem to be very well looked after, each one with its own carer and little area to relax. The elephants are NOT hit over the head unless they misbehave or try to get to some food on the surrounding farmers farms. We asked our rider all about this, he steered the elephants by telling her where to go. The claw on the end of the hammer is a last resort for when they try to get onto the farms. Elephants skulls are so thick that it doesn't hurt them anyway.

Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Darwin, Australia
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

If you like animals and what to visit somewhere that can assist them, this is the place.

I believe that what they are doing at the Elephant Safari and Park Lodge is only for the benefit of Sumatran Elephants, unfortunately experiencing diminishing habitats and food supply as they are competing with Indonesian farmers.

All the elephants seemed well looked after and happy. The park certainly do a lot to teach children to appreciate and respect animals and nature...

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Yiya68
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Perth, Australia
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

We chose to go to Elephant Safari Park and Lodge because it was advertised as being recommended by the late great wildlife lover Steve Irwin.
The grounds and restaurant were just beautiful and the accommodation looked lovely also. However I was a little shocked to say the least over how the elephants were treated. Maybe things have changed over the years??

I know the elephants were all rescued from certain death and have a second chance now being at the park but why still make them do tricks, ferry tourists around on their backs? The worst was seeing the ones chained up when 'not in use' on individual "pods" scattered around the property. Elephants are social creatures, why put them in this solitary confinment? They would just stand there rocking back and forth trying to pull away from the chain. So sad. Also when my partner and i were admiring a little baby elephant in one of the enclosures a handler came over and pulled the struggling baby closer to us by its little trunk. Very cruel! We told him that was unnecessary and walked away.

If the elephant's well being was the main priority it could be a really beautiful place but overall in my opinion the elephants here are just the 'product' they sell and I won't be going back untill the chains and tricks stop.

Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Badung, Bali, Indonesia
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

We stay at the lodge, me, husband and my little girl had one of the most relaxing week end. We enjoy all the activities, from watched the animal show, played with baby elephant, ride the elephant to washed the big creature, my little girl love it all. The 'Moment' for us is where the big beauty (elephant) pick us up right in front of our room and take us to lovely dinner, wonderful. Food was well present and taste nice. We did not swim as the pool water very cold, was rainy season. All around we had lovely get away, will came back.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Athina H
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Sydney, Australia
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87 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2011

I believed that people often got confused with reality and follows trends, in our opinion animals at this place are treated reasonable not perfect but reasonable, it is true the elephants they are hit over the head with a little hammer to steer left or right, tourist must understand they do not have electronics, somehow the handler must drive this beautiful animals, in our case the elephant run into a tree when a fruit just drop nearly tip us all, overall experience good after the ride elephants are taking into a pool where you can take pictures and feed them with sugar cane pictures are taken,,,a buffet lunch is provided if you pay for it, of course first.... all good

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank elytenrc
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2011

I would not go back to this place again. My boyfriend and I were excited to go and interact with the elephants and go for a nice elephant ride in the forest. Everything was so forced and enclosed, the elephants were all chained by their foot to the ground!! It was such a buzz kill watching all the elephants struggling to get out of their chains. The elephant ride only went for 10-15mins maximum then we had to wait an hr for the show which was less then 10mins. We had to pay $86 per person for an experience that took less then 30mins overall. And it was sad seeing the elephants treated that way. I would recommend going to the Bali safari park and marine park!! All the animals are freely roaming none are tied down. You can see the elephants there too, lions, tigers, rhinos, hippos etc a much more beautiful and natural place!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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19 Thank Nanferguson
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Property: Elephant Safari Park & Lodge
Address: Jl. Elephant Park Taro, Ubud 80561, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 481 Speciality Lodging in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Elephant Safari Park & Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideal for animal and nature lovers, guests staying at the Elephant Safari Park Lodge get to wake up to the sights and sounds of elephants. When you wake up, head to the Mammoths Head Bar terrace and enjoy your breakfast as you overlook the surrounding lush forest. Have your private elephant chauffeur pick you up from your room and take you on an elephant trek through Taro forest. Have fun bathing, feeding and petting the elephants before you enjoy an evening stroll around the botanical gardens. The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is located just 20 minutes north from the islands cultural and artistic centre of Ubud and 75 minutes north of Ngurah Rai Airport in the historic village of Taro. ... more   less 
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