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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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Magnificent Animals

It's always humbling to interact with these beautiful animals being so large yet so gentle. We took our young daughter on her first ride and didn't stop smiling for the whole... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Hobart, Australia

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's always humbling to interact with these beautiful animals being so large yet so gentle. We took our young daughter on her first ride and didn't stop smiling for the whole ride. You then get the opportunity to feed them and take pictures. Great fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

True Balinese Experience is the best place to go for Elephant Ride their animals are well cared for treated with respect new baby elephants they must be doing a good job they also have restaurant pod chocolate factory tour Sun Bear & can organize other activities like rafting cycling fantastic experience I will definitely do this again

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

A must do when you visit Bali. We had a lovely time at the Bali Elephant Camp. Staff was friendly and accommodating.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Suggested by our driver as a closer and more intimate alternative to the heavily promoted Elephant Safari Park, we were pleasantly surprised by the tranquility of the surroundings and the friendly staff. We had a wonderful experience riding on the elephants which were healthy and well looked after. We even got to see a baby elephant and some very rare... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

I have always wanted to experience being up close to these gentle giants and after researching that they were treated well....as in good food, shelter, and bathing we went. The ride itself was not bad and we got to hug and even have the elephants hug us back with their trunks. Rode thru the jungle and into a pond. However... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016 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.

3 Thank Monique F
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 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 November 1, 2016

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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