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“An extraordinary experience”
Review of Bali Elephant Camp

Bali Elephant Camp
Ranked #51 of 176 Outdoor Activities in Ubud
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An extraordinary experience”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Just loved my day at the Bali Elephant Camp. The whole experience was seamless. Well organised. Met with a welcome drink, taken to the boarding area where we met our Mahout Andi and his elephant, Mary. Our one hour walk through the jungle and the local village was so beautiful. It was obvious that Mary and Andi had a special connection as he told us the story of their trip together from Sumatra several years ago. The inclusive lunch was very good - served in great surroundings in a well-appointed open-air bistro perched high up with views over the surrounding river valley and jungle. Recommend a visit - it was memorable and a highlight of my week in Bali.

Visited February 2013
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good for elephants, disappointing for the other caged animals”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

The elephant handlers were very good and I can't describe the elephant ride itself as other than a truly unique experience. However the price for photos was extortionate - even by Aussie standards - and the food was truly mediocre. Watching small animals penned in miniscule cages without company, grass, plants or even a single plaything was just upsetting and none of our party would go back there again, which is a shame because the place has a lot of potential.

Visited March 2012
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Adelaide
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Worth the wait ... just!”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

My wife and I took the elephant ride a couple of weeks ago when we were on our honeymoon. The animal, the ride itself and the elephant driver were all quite wonderful. It was quite an experience to trek through the tropical forest and through the water on such a beautiful creature. The downside of the experience was the number of queue jumpers ... groups (predominantly of one nationality) when told they would have to wait an hour - presumably flashed the cash to not have to wait. Our 30 minute wait turned into more than two hours ... as we watched all the people who arrived after us ride before us. Be warned! Unless of course you wish to pay. The excitement soon turns to disappointment.

Visited February 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Thoroughly enjoyable!”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

We have just returned from Bali and visited Bali Elephant Camp. Its location is beautiful and picturesque and the Camp itself is pristine. The elephants are well cared for. We arrived early with our own driver and were able to walk around the park and we did not see any elephants chained. There were a few bathing, a few resting and the remainder we eating and being prepared for rides. We requested and Jimmy (the elephant) and Ali (his carer). Ali was very informative and very caring of Jimmy. He had some wonderful stories to tell. The welcome ginger tea was very refreshing and the ride threw the forest was wonderful. The 3 course meal was very good too. All the staff were very helpful and greeted us with a smile.

Visited February 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Trek through a real village not a park.”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

We decided on this company over the other options in Bali due to the fact it's trek was through the real Bali not a prefabricated park.So pleased we made this decision.We trekked through plantations,rice paddies and a picturesque little balianese village where people were going about their daily activities.Our day included transfers to and from our villa our trek and a lovely 3 course meal.Great value for money and an experience not to be missed.

Visited January 2013
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