Ele­phant Sa­fari Park & Lodge

Elephants are some of the most love­able and in­tel­li­gent an­i­mals on the planet and kids of all ages will be smil­ing from ear to ear as they get up close and per­sonal in the in­ter­ac­tions with these gen­tle gi­ants.

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Alit­tle north of Ubud in the ver­dant vil­lage of Taro is the com­pletely de­light­ful Ele­phant Sa­fari Park & Lodge. The cool, humid cli­mate and fresh air of Taro is ideal not only for the lov­ingly land­scaped botan­i­cal gar­den and the myr­iad types of or­chid grow­ing ev­ery­where, but also the herd of more than 30 Su­ma­tran elephants who are lov­ingly cared for and tended in a safe and sup­port­ing en­vi­ron­ment that pri­ori­tises their well-be­ing. Four baby elephants have been born to this herd in Bali: Gan­teng, Jegeg, Riski and Fa­jar.

The elephants were res­cued from a poor en­vi­ron­ment in Su­ma­tra where land con­ver­sion threat­ened their ex­is­tence and the park in Taro up­holds a con­ser­va­tion ap­proach where these in­tel­li­gent mam­mals thrive. Their good hu­mour and sense of fun is clearly seen in all their guest in­ter­ac­tions.

While day trips to the park are hugely pop­u­lar and highly en­ter­tain­ing, for an even closer en­counter, an overnight stay in the lux­u­ri­ous Ele­phant Sa­fari Lodge is strongly recommended. The lux­ury lodge of­fers as­ton­ish­ing ex­pe­ri­ences as you share a com­mon habi­tat with the pachy­derms, such as wak­ing to the sound of elephants trum­pet­ing just out­side your win­dow, where their in­di­vid­ual pods are lo­cated in the shade of the prime trop­i­cal rain­for­est.

How­ever, the truly spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ences are the op­por­tu­nity to help bathe an ele­phant and then ride it bare­back in the lake by the restau­rant, which is part of the ele­phant's bathing rit­ual, and be­ing picked up at your el­e­vated lodge door by your ele­phant chauf­feur to be trans­ported ei­ther to break­fast or to din­ner!

There are five types of lux­u­ri­ous sa­faristyle, ele­phant-in­spired ac­com­mo­da­tion all with mod­ern ameni­ties and a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere. The Gar­den View and Park

View rooms are spa­cious and avail­able in king, twin and triple com­bi­na­tions, with the Park View rooms look­ing out onto the elephants' pods, while the new Lake View rooms are tra­di­tional wooden bun­ga­lows over­look­ing the lake where the elephants en­joy play­ing dur­ing the day.

The Paddy View rooms fea­ture a pri­vate bal­cony over­look­ing the tra­di­tional rice fields for a view of the is­land's true beauty, while for ul­ti­mate lux­ury, the Taro Suite over­looks the park from floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows in the master suite and of­fers an on-call pri­vate but­ler, re­lax­ation lounge, pri­vate bar and Jacuzzi for sa­faristyle lux­ury in its own class.

The Park Restau­rant of­fers break­fast, lunch and a lav­ish four-course din­ner, while the Mam­moth's Head Bar & Lounge is ideal for a night­cap. The Sa­fari Well­ness Spa has an ex­ten­sive menu of body and hair treat­ments for lux­u­ri­ous pam­per­ing, while guests look­ing to keep fit can take ad­van­tage of the Fit­ness Room with its sta­teof-the-art Ma­trix equip­ment and free weights. Both the Sa­fari Well­ness Spa and Fit­ness Room have in­cred­i­ble vis­tas of the elephants at rest and play in their lush habi­tat.

With the Ele­phant Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum pre­sent­ing co­pi­ous in­for­ma­tion about elephants on dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents and a whole host of ele­phant-fo­cused en­ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able dur­ing the day, in­clud­ing feed­ing the elephants, watch­ing them play­ing in the man-made lake and vis­it­ing the baby elephants in their nurs­ery, there is plenty to do. One of the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties is rid­ing an ele­phant through the jun­gle and the lo­cals' plan­ta­tions, a great chance to en­joy the beauty of the location, the fresh air and learn­ing more about your ele­phant from his per­sonal ma­hout.

What­ever you choose to do and what­ever your age, you are sure to cher­ish your time at Ele­phant Sa­fari Park & Lodge.

ELE­PHANT SA­FARI PARK & LODGE

Jalan Ele­phant Park Taro, Te­gal­lalang, Gian­yar, Bali 80561, In­done­sia

T: (+62) 361 898 8888 E: info@ele­phantsa­fari­park­lodge.com

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