We have had many complaints from tourists that they have been taken to another ‘elephant place’ in Bali by freelance agents and drivers rather than to ‘The Elephant Safari Park’ at Taro. This has caused them great disappointment and frustration and has often completely spoiled their day.
It must be explained that the two other elephant ‘places’ in Bali have no resemblance to the Elephant Safari Park at Taro. They certainly are not elephant ‘parks’ and they are not motivated by conservation, rather profit. Both are rafting companies which have tried to emulate the success of the Elephant Safari Park, and use suspect tactics, to draw agents and tourists there. This is done by offering high commissions to agents and drivers to bring them customers. These freelance people usually tell direct lies to tourists to gain business, by saying that the elephant place that they will take them to is ‘much better’, ‘easier and closer to get to’, or is ‘cheaper’ than the Elephant Safari Park. Only the last statement is near the truth, as they are sometimes cheaper for obvious reasons. These elephant locations have spent very little on their infrastructure and are a poor imitation of ‘The Elephant Safari Park’. One place has only 9 elephants, the other 8. Both started with 10 animals and have ‘lost’ elephants at their locations.
We ask tourists to check with us to see if they are truly booked on our tour, and to insist to their driver that they are taken to Taro (15 minutes past Ubud) and not to any other elephant location. Don’t be afraid to tell your driver that you will not pay him if takes you to another wrong location. Otherwise you may be disappointed to see nothing other than the sight of a handful of elephant in fairly mediocre surroundings. The Elephant Safari Park on the other hand offers a total elephant experience as listed below.
ONLY THE ELEPHANT SAFARI PARK AT TARO INCLUDES:
• Bali’s ONLY Herd of 30 Elephants (including baby’s)
• Elephant Information Center and Museum
• Botanical Garden Setting & Orchid Displays
• Elephant Jungle Rides
• 200 Seat International Restaurant
• Elephant Related Gift & Photo Shop
• FREE Elephant Show with Admission
• Membership to World Zoo Association
• The Only Complete Elephant Experience in Bali