An Elephant Safari Park excursion is one of the most unforgettable experiences Bali visitors can enjoy during their stay on this magical Indonesian island getaway. A lot of tourists immediately head for Bali's beach resorts as soon as they set foot on this island paradise, but the Elephant Safari Park is situated in Bali's equally beautiful interior rainforest about 18 kilometres north of Ubud, the island's cultural capital.
It took three years to develop this one-of-a-kind safari park for endangered Sumatran elephants, which first opened in 2000. As an official World Zoo Association member, the Bali Elephant Safari Park meets all international standards for the humane care of animals. Countless celebrities from around the globe have joined the growing list of visitors who have enjoyed their time at this unique elephant safari park.
Rainforests, mountains, and carefully landscaped botanical gardens surround the 30 elephants who currently live in this safari park and lodge. These elephants were rescued from their original central and southern Sumatra homes after deforestation.
Southeast Asia's only mammoth skeleton, which is more than 15,000 years old, stands alongside a comprehensive museum with approximately 1,000 exhibits, a spa, an information centre containing graphic elephant history and physiology displays, and a massive elephant memorabilia collection on the impressive list of things to see and do in the world's highest rated elephant park.
Visitors can also dine on dishes from around the globe at the park's 200-seat lakeside restaurant or purchase elephant related souvenirs at the gift shop. Jewellery, clothing, carvings, and paintings are some of the gift shop's most commonly sold items. Elephant painting is one of the most unusual tricks these animals can do.
Of course, the park's main attractions are the elephants themselves, which visitors can photograph, touch, feed, and even ride. Bali Adventure Tours, the official Elephant Safari Park operator, offers a variety of tour package options which can include overnight stays at the park's onsite lodge. Day trippers can choose to leave for the park early in the morning or shortly after noon.
Visitors who include elephant rides as part of their Bali Elephant Safari Park tour package can enjoy their journeys from the safety of teak chairs perched on the backs of these magnificent creatures. Lunches are served next to the elephant bathing lakes. The next stop on many of these tours is an arena where three elephant talent shows take place on a daily basis.