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Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge

Way Kambas, Indonesia
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Ranked #31 of 330 Sumatra B&B and Inns
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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New York, New York, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I honestly don't know if I was expecting too much or what. It is the closest lodge to the park, and can walk to the gate easily from the lodge. The staff is very nice and seems to try to do good by their guests, for the most part.I felt like everyone from the cleaning staff to the manager cared... More 

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ecolodgesindonesia, Owner at Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It gives us much to review with our staff both on site and at our head office. We intend to have a managemen review of your booking. . More 

Jakarta, Indonesia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Satwa Eco Lodge is located 8-10 minutes away from Way Kambas National Park, I would say its the best place to stay if you are planning to watch sunrise on top on an elephant. Lodge staffs are helpful and professional in regards to planning your elephant ride and basic accommodation services. Rooms size are variable, from 3 single bed rooms... More 

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ecolodgesindonesia, Owner at Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, responded to this review

We thank you for your comprehensive report on our Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge. We are only 500 metres from the park entrance and our guides have access at night, popular with our mammal tours. Also we now have access to the International Rhino Centre where one can actually see the critically endangered Sumatran Rhino. Thank you More 

Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Great staff, great service! Well done Satwa, the rooms were lovely and very clean, the meals were prefect and delivered to the table by friendly staff who obviously took pride in what they do. We were very fortunate to be able to visit the Rhino conservation centre so a big thank you for organising that for us. Would definitely recommend... More 

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ecolodgesindonesia, Owner at Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Wendy. We believe that the Way Kambas National Park is a wonderful destination and we thank you for your support of our smallest lodge More 

Sonoma, CA
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20 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Excited to visit Way Kambas Park to see the rhinos, and other critters, and were set up for a 3 night all inclusive Eco lodge experience at Satwa Ecolodge. The staff were very sweet and accommodating, and we were there "pre busy season". We shared a cottage in the nicely landscaped complex. The rooms are basic, just a fan. The... More 

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ecolodgesindonesia, Owner at Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, responded to this review

Your remarks about our Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge are acknowedged. It is the simplest of our group of eco lodges. Indonesia does not allow hotels to be established in national parks and thus we cannot do anything about this complaint. Many of our guests like being in an Indonesian village including the melodious mosque, cockrels and animal sounds. For persons... More 

Currumbin, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We spent three nights at the Satwa Lodge the last leg of a trip in which we stayed at four of the ecolodges. I am so pleased we made the effort to visit all the lodges which gave us a great impression of the difficulties of conservation in Indonesia and the attempts of the lodge owners to do so much... More 

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ecolodgesindonesia, Owner at Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, responded to this review

We thank you so much for this report as you really have emphasised what is so important in responsible tourism. Thank you and your friends for all your support in the vital struggle of preserving this wonderful environment at Satwa. With our warm wishes, Management of the Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Our last lodge stay after being at Udayana Lodge, Bali, Labuan Bajo Komodo Island and Rimba Orangutan Lodge. This lodge being the smallest certainly did not disappoint. Rooms large, beds comfortable, ensuite good, fans. Large spacious green grounds and outdoor dining under cover - very pleasant couple of days. Food tasty and plenty, staff willing to assist in any way... More 

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ecolodgesindonesia, Owner at Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for this great description of our Satwa Sumatra Eco Lodge and its activities. We especially appreciated your comments re the Elephant Centre where despite poor government funding, the staff and mahouts manage to run a meaningful centre to serve a population of elephants which would have been killed by the local people for eating their crops. Regards, Management... More 

Garrett Park MD USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

My spouse and I spent three nights at the Satwa Lodge in the second week of April, the last leg of a trip in which we stayed at four of the ecolodges. Highlights of the stay included birding with Hari both on a night walk and an early morning walk in the forest and a boat trip on the Way... More 

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ecolodgesindonesia, Owner at Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate your report on our Satwa Sumatra Eco Lodge. Your comments re the struggle on deforestation of this park are very pertinent. Thank you also for the encouragement of our staff especially Heri, a wonderful asset to us. Thank you More 

Kamloops, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at the Satwa Ecolodge in February 2014 and had an excellent experience. He rooms were clean, the food was fantastic and the staff were so friendly and accommodating! I would highly recommend it.

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ecolodgesindonesia, Owner at Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, responded to this review

We sincerely appreciate your report on our Satwa Lodge especially about our staff who all come from the local village. The local income is greatly enhanced in this small society through your support. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I was in Jakarta for business and wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle (and flooding). Satwa Ecoledge was the perfect find. I stayed two nights and was able to participate in the bird and gibbon trek, the elephant safari, and the river cruise. Although the tour guide, Harry, said the animals don't come out as often during... More 

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ecolodgesindonesia, Manager at Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your report entitled "Perfect for a weekend away from Jakarta". It certainly is a change and we do hope you found the axiom "a change is as good as a rest" More 

Tangerang, Indonesia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Dear Alan, I stayed at Satwa Ecolodge on 6-7 January 2014. Your staff were very friendly, the room is clean. The complex is so serene and Hari was a very helpful and knowledgeable guide. Tommy and I really enjoyed our short stay there. It would be very helpful if you add in your site the best time to visit the... More 

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ecolodgesindonesia, Owner at Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, responded to this review

We thank you for your report especially your kind remarks about our staff and Heri. We take your point re july August but think you can see animals through the year if you have a good guide. Way Kambas is a special park and by staying there you help greatly in it conservation.. More 

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