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Address: Carangsari, Petang, Ubud 80361, Indonesia
Phone Number: +62 361 239440
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

True Bali Experience is Bali's leading Balinese Owned Adventure Company. An...

True Bali Experience is Bali's leading Balinese Owned Adventure Company. An exciting and dynamic family business, True Bali Experience was established in 1995 to provide locally owned and operated soft adventures with the highest international standards of safety, training and conservation. True Bali Experience began as Ayung River Rafting - the island's 1st locally owned rafting company - offers the Ayung River's longest white water adventure, trekking (Rain Forest and village), Cycling in three different location (Carangsari village for Village Cycling, at Kintamani for mountain cycling and at Jatiluwih for Rice Paddy Cycling) In 2001, Bali Horse Riding joined the stable, and with over 20 horses and beautiful beaches to ride them on, became an instant success. We also have convertible 'topless' VW Safaris for you to tour the island on! Check them out on our product pages. In 2004, working with the Government in aid of elephant conservation, Bali Elephant Camp was established to help care for and promote the plight of Sumatran elephants who along with their 'mahouts' (careers) have become ambassadors for their brothers and sisters in Sumatra. Come and ride one today - our friends in conservation say we have some of the healthiest, happiest elephants they've ever seen! In 2013 our new and fascinating within out camp is pod chocolate. Pod Chocolateis a sustainable chocolate maker creating world class chocolate in the heart of Bali. We believe in organic farming and sustainability without compromising taste or luxury and are supporting our farmers to grow organic while working towards fair-trade practices. Pod Chocolate has developed a range of products for retail and commercial use ranging from our signature chocolate bars, pralines & pod bites to chocolate covertures being used in Bali's finest hotels & resorts and a range of tailor made chocolates and amenities. We're excited to be able to offer so many great adventures all in the one location. That's a Bali First! No other company can share so much excitement in one place. And best of all - that place is our own village. Alit Yudha, the company's founder, had a dream to improve the social conditions in the surrounding villages by encouraging tourism. When the company started it had only a handful of people, and now it contributes to employing up to 200 people in and around the beautiful location (not to mention caring for the elephants!). More about where we are... True Bali Experience is just north of the Sangeh Monkey Forest, across the river from Ubud in the village of Carang Sari. It's a scenic drive passing through lots of local life. Our location is perched on the edge of the Ayung River - over 20 hectares of lush fertile grounds including rice paddies, jungles and small plots of cocoa and chilies. The views are amazing - this is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Bali (but don't take our word for it - come and see!). Our reliable and friendly staff will welcome you to our home, and with a long history of experience in adventure, you can be assured of a quality, value for money experience. And because we are a family business, we also know how to look after families. Children are welcome and we can also provide extra care for people with special needs. Thanks for visiting our website. Send us an email if you have any questions. We'd love to help you and can't wait to welcome you to True Bali Experience!

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Initially I was excited about riding elephants prior to the trip. When we arrived to the camp the elephants looked so pathetic it was almost sad. Seats were not sturdy and I felt... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Initially I was excited about riding elephants prior to the trip. When we arrived to the camp the elephants looked so pathetic it was almost sad. Seats were not sturdy and I felt that it was a little inhumane.

Thank Monique F
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I never recommend not to come here the place is not suitable elephant walking on hard tile floor and a paved road. Holy elephant appeared uncomfortable and feel that you will slide down when the elephant go down . I tried to ride an elephant in Thailand was wonderful because the elephant walking on the dirt in the forest and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a fantastic experience riding "AJ" the elephant and learning all about him and life for the elephants from our mahout. The lunch at the restaurant was yummy and more than we could eat plus we could see the new baby elephant while we ate. Sampling all the chocolate at POD was an unexpected bonus.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Amazing experience; kids were beside themselves with excitement. Yes I had concerns for the animals welfare. But when I saw a calf and learned that three more elephants were pregnant, it put my mind at rest. The centre rescues elephants and seemingly cares for them. They seemed happy, as far as anyone can be lumbering around with overexcited kids on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

My entire trip to Bali was inspired by this place. I absolutely adore sun bears and it has always been a huge dream of mine to actually be able to touch one, and seeing the experiences other people had here being able to feed, cuddle, play with and bathe the three gorgeous bears living here inspired me to book my... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Visited the Bali Elephant Camp on a recent visit to Indonesia. Had a lovely time. Definitely an experience I'll remember for a long time!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

. Very enjoyable morning . Elephant ride lasted 30mins but there was extra time for photos and petting/feeding. Our elephant called Happy and guide Kadek Lea were great fun! 5/5 . Shown how chocolate is made and selected ingredients for our own chocolate moulds. Fun but basic . Paid $10 extra for some great photos with their black bears. This... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

It felt sad about such places. But I felt more bad for those people who contribute to the survival of such places and asking people not to go. Those people always went for a reason, for the kids, large group of friends, partners, don't realize this....etc. It is predictable for any places especially in Asia where making money with animals... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

Would never visit this place as the elephants are treated poorly and locked up all the time. Save your money and go to the Elephant Safari Park and Lodge!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

I've wanted to ride upon an elephant since I was a child so this was a dream come true, it didn't disappoint. 30 minutes round the park then into the water for a quick dip and finish with hand feeding the gentle giants. Amazing.

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