MASON ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
The Mason Elephant Sanctuary and Lodge near Ubud in Bali, Indonesia 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.
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ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI TICKET PRICES
The entrance fee for the Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali depends on which package you choose. See below for a list of different packages available:
WHERE IS THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
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A stroll through the jungle at Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE MASON ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
The Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali is only a thirty-minute drive from Ubud. You can either do a day trip here or 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 the two-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 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 park caters for 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 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!
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Private bungalows at the Elephant Sanctuary Ubud
Balcony views at Bali Elephant Sanctuary
Baby elephant inside the Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali
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.
The 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.
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.
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Bathing time at the Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali
Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali
FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI
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.
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