Elephant Safari Ride at TARO
Being the world’s largest sanctuary for Sumatran Elephant’s, the Elephant Park at Taro Ubud offers fun experiences such as the 30 minutes safari rides in the well protected jungle, completed with many other not to be missed activities such as museum visits and talent show.
The half-day experience starts with the park guide’s welcome and guide you to meet the Sumatran elephants. You will have a chance to hand feed and take pictures with them as well as learn about the park history. Next, your 30 minutes rides begins, the trek takes you through the well protected jungle atop the friendly mammals and you can get to know them better through their Mahout followed by Elephant Talent Show.
Afterwards, it is time to enjoy your sumptuous lunch buffet at the park restaurant continued by free time to explore the parks facilities such as elephant museums or take more pictures with them.
Transfer back to your hotel at around 14:00 hrs
We travelled today in 15 passenger vans. Our regular guides had the day off.
We arrived at Taro in time to see the elephants being bathed.
First they were brushed off and then sprayed down in the water.
and then we were sprayed! Note the water heading our way!
Next we got to meet some more of the elephants and buy food for them. Very much a contrived ‘tourist’ experience but it was fun interacting with the elephants.
We rode in pairs through the jungle about 2kms. Each elephant has a trainer that works with them and most have been with them many years. They appeared to be well taken care of.
The elephants did a short talent show – including an elephant painting. You can then buy previously painted art in the gift shop.
Buffet lunch was also included in this visit – another enjoyable open air experience.
After lunch we headed back to our hotel. It was another warm, humid day.
So a swim seemed to be in order. We started in the larger pool with swim up bar.
Then moved over to the infinity pool.
Not quite the glass sided infinity pool on the top of a cliff that we have seen pictures of since getting home but an incredible view out into the jungle.
Although I didn’t see them Shelley captured some amazing video of monkeys playing by the yoga studio at our hotel.