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Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge

Way Kambas, Bandar Lampung, Indonesia
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  • Location
    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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is going to be long because I have some mixed feelings about this place... We spent 5 nights at this lodge. Also, this review is not relevant for you unless you are considering Way Kambas for extremely focused wildlife watching, especially mammals. Everyone knows that Way Kambas is an EXCELLENT wildlife destination, with literally hundreds of species of interesting... More 

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

We thank you for your detailed review on your experience at our Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge. We will try and respond to your four points and your two other main points re Price and Food. Prior to doing this, we wish to make some comments: (i) our guide Hari has international recognition and has been very positively reported in... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The Satwa Elephant EcoLodge is a great place to stay, very close to the entrance to the 1,300 sq km Way Kambas National Park, which is a haven for some of Indonesia's most endangered and iconic species. Inside the park is the Sumatran Rhino Conservation Centre, which we were lucky to be allowed to access, and see a well grown... More 

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

Thank you for your report re your stay at our Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge. Your positive comments are greatly appreciated as we consider this park to be one of the gems of Indonesia. Your stay has helped our company's main goal to protect Indonesia's endangered species (in this park the Sumatran Rhino, Tiger and Elephant (the first two on... More 

Jakarta
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38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The room is average. The meals are great. And it is very close to "Plang Ijo", the main gate to enter the Way Kambas National Park. This is the best place to stay if you want to go birding at night and see some nocturnal like nightjar, owls, or scops-owl.

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

Thank you for your report and especially your emphasis on birding. The Satwa Lodge is our best birders lodge and we receive birders form all over the world. Your comments re rooms and service will be passed on to the management. More 

New York, New York, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 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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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 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 

Currumbin, Australia
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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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 

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