MASON ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
Unlike other elephant parks in parts of South East Asia, Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali has its own philosophy and they take great care to treat the elephants with kindness, patience and respect.
I have put together this complete guide of Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali including where to find it, how much it costs and what to expect during your visit.
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ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI TICKET PRICES
The entrance fee for the Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali depends on which package you choose.
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WHERE IS THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
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HOW TO GET TO BALI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
The Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali is a short thirty-minute drive from Ubud. The best way to reach the sanctuary is to rent a scooter or a car in Ubud.
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MY EXPERIENCE AT THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
When visiting the Mason Elephant Sanctuary, you have the option of doing a day trip here or you can spend one night in the lodge to enjoy the full experience!
Upon arrival at 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, hairdryers, shampoos and more.
We were given an itinerary for our two-day stay at the Elephant Sanctuary Bali 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 a Bali 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 was informed 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 two people does not give the elephant any discomfort, otherwise, the elephant would not tolerate the chair.
The restaurant inside the Elephant park Bali caters to all dietary needs and the food is top-notch. 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 inside the Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali 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!
Bungalows at the Elephant Sanctuary Ubud
Balcony views at Bali Elephant Sanctuary
Cute baby elephant – Elephant Sanctuary Bali
MORE ACTIVITIES AT THE MASON ELEPHANT SANCTUARY UBUD
The following morning, breakfast is served from 7 am-10 am, which is included with the room at the Elephant Sanctuary Bali. A starter spread of fruits, yogurts, 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 bathe the elephants in the park. This was actually very enjoyable and my favorite part of the experience was hosing the elephants down and scrubbing off the mud from their leather-like skin. They were very playful and loved every minute of the interaction with us.
The elephants inside the Elephant Sanctuary Bali 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.
If you are staying at one of the accommodation options inside the Elephant park Bali 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.
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Bathing time – Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
In a captive situation, some compromises at the Elephant Sanctuary Bali have to be made to ensure both animals and guests are happy and safe.
This explains some of the procedures at the Bali Elephant 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.
WHERE TO STAY NEAR ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
Ubud has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay near the Elephant Safari Park Bali to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Hanging Gardens of Bali
The 5-star luxurious accommodation is set in the jungle of Ubud, nearby to the Elephant Safari Park Bali, featuring a multi-level infinity pool, three restaurants, spa facilities and free wifi. Each villa is spacious and equipped with a flat-screen tv, private bathroom with bathtub, bathrobes, comfortable beds and sweeping views of the jungle surrounds. Afternoon tea and breakfast is complimentary for all guests. A memorable place to stay for couples and families.
Mid Range: Desak Putu Putera Cottages
Beautiful 3-star accommodation in Ubud for as little as $60. Desak Putu features an outdoor pool and it is walking distance to the monkey forest and the centre of Ubud. The rooms are spacious and fitted with a flat-screen tv, seating area, balcony, private bathroom and free wifi. They also offer a free shuttle service or bike hire. Great for couples, families and friends.
Budget: Gypsy Lust Hostel
One of the most recommended hostels in Ubud, nearby to the Elephant Sanctuary Bali. Featuring a restaurant and bar, garden area and a shared lounge. Gypsy Lust Hostel is walking distance to the Ubud market and other main attractions. There are capsule-style dorm rooms available with shared bathrooms for as little as $10. Great place to stay for solo travellers, friends and couples on a budget.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
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