MASON ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
This week I had the opportunity to visit the Mason Elephant Sanctuary and Lodge near Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. This sanctuary is the only dedicated elephant rescue park in Bali. Unlike other elephant parks in parts of South East Asia, this sanctuary has its own philosophy and they take great care to treat the elephants with kindness, patience and respect.
The entrance fee for the Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali depends on which package you choose. Park Admission is 250,000 Rupiah, Park Admission + Elephant Safari Ride is 950,000 Rupiah, Park Admission + Elephant Washing is 450,000 Rupiah. CLICK HERE to book online.
In a captive situation, some compromises have to be made to ensure both animals and guests are happy and safe. This explains some of the procedures at the sanctuary that are necessary for a harmonious and safe environment. In my personal experience at the sanctuary, I believed it was a happy and healthy herd of elephants.
SEE THE MAP BELOW FOR THE LOCATION OF THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
ARRIVING AT MASON ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
Upon arrival to Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali, I was warmly greeted by the staff at reception and they kindly showed us to our lodge which is inside the park itself. We were fortunate enough to stay in the ‘Park View Room’ which overlooks the elephants from our very own balcony. These rooms are very large with excellent interior design and they are kitted out with all the amenities you will need including, a/c, bar fridge, tv, towels, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, shampoos etc… CLICK HERE to see the rooms and the latest rates.
We were given an itinerary for the 2 day stay and first on the list was an elephant ride to dinner. I heard a knock at the front door, so my friends and I went outside and right there was an elephant with its mahout (trainer) waiting at the staircase for us, ready to hop on and take a ride over to the restaurant for dinner!
I have been told that the seating on the elephant is not heavy and it does not hurt the elephant. It is well padded underneath and the weight of the chair and 2 people does not give the elephant any discomfort, otherwise, the elephant would not tolerate the chair. Rides give elephants exercise to ensure their health and it allows for human interaction.
The restaurant inside the park caters for all dietary needs and the food is to die for. You can enjoy a delicious meal here while watching the elephants bathing in the pools next to the restaurant.
There is also an elephant talent show that is very entertaining and I was impressed at what these large animals are capable of. I don’t want to spoil it for you with too many details but there is one elephant that walks a balance beam while playing the harmonica with its trunk!
MORE ACTIVITIES AT THE MASON ELEPHANT SANCTUARY UBUD
The following morning breakfast is served from 7am-10am, which is included with the room. A starter spread of fruits, yoghurts, cereals, tea, coffee is available and also a set menu to order a main meal.
After breakfast, the next thing on the itinerary is to go and bath the elephants in the park. This was actually very enjoyable and my favourite part of the experience, getting to hose the elephants down and scrub off the mud from their leather-like skin. They were very playful and loved every minute of the interaction with us.
These elephants are cared for 24 hours a day and they all seemed very happy and comfortable. Each elephant has its own personal mahout (trainer) who makes sure they get the correct dietary requirements and vitamins.
OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT AT THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
If you are staying at one of the accommodation options inside the park there is a swimming pool, gym and spa readily available for use and if you are a daytime visitor you can also visit the art gallery, museum and gift shop located in the park as well.
The Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali is only a 30-40 minute drive form Ubud. You can either do a day trip here or spend one night in the lodge to enjoy the full experience!
If you have any questions in regards to my time spent here at the sanctuary, please leave me a comment below and I will reply as soon as I can.
Thanks for reading and I hope you find this article useful on your next trip to Bali.