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Washing Elephants in Tangkahan

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Address: Green Lodge area | Tangkahan, Medan 20133, Indonesia
Phone Number: 6285275605865
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Whilst visting Bukit Lawang we took a day trip to ride and wash the Elephants in Tangerang....Its expensive..as a car with driver ( 3 hours each way from Bukit on a VERY bumpy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First I had mixed feelings about this trip, but then I decided because of the kids and we all enjoyed cooling down in the river with the elephants. The rangers were amazing, really informative and kind. I was really happy, because elephants were really enjoying the bath and scrubbing. This was really fun and I can highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This was an amazing experience. The elephants were extremely interactive, through playing in the water, to physically washing and feeding them. To top of the experience I received a shower from two elephants and some great photos with them.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I am a huge wildlife lover, and especially when it involves interacting with animals up close and personally. I had read some negative & positive reviews of this place, and at first was reluctant to come but did in the end come and visit since it was affordable. I arrived to see the elephants in a small pasture, with little... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Whilst visting Bukit Lawang we took a day trip to ride and wash the Elephants in Tangerang....Its expensive..as a car with driver ( 3 hours each way from Bukit on a VERY bumpy road)..plus the ride and washing come to over 100 euros for 2. That said...the rangers a really interesting, informative and professional...the ride fantastic through the forest and... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

A circus attraction. I was ashamed to be here. The elephants are not treated well. They use sticks to probe the animals when they dont listen well or dont want to do a trick. They also use some kind of stones. Everything to make the tourist take the perfect picture and show off. They act like this was 'eco friendly'... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We also arrived to find several elephants chained by their feet and all elephants confined to a small field surrounded by an electric fence. They charge you AUD$25 to walk down to the river with the elephants and help wash them in the river. $25 goes a long way in Indonesia and you would expect the large amount of funds... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Upon arrival, we saw that the elephants are chained up by their feet which allow them no freedom to move. All elephants are chained up to 'keep the people safe' in a field about the size of a football pitch surrounded by dead palm oil leaves and faeces. When the washing commenced, I could not participate and had to remove... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

We had researched this elephant washing and it appeared to be ethical and some kind of conservation effort with good treatment and a positive impact. We arrived and saw the elephants chained to posts so they could only move 1m away and swaying unnervingly seeming very distressed. They were just stood in the sun with nothing around; no shade, water,... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Since the local tour operator ensured us that the elephants are treated well and made it seem like some kind of charity for them, we decided to go to Tangkahan. We arrived a little early, so we got to see the elephants cages. We were horrified with the scene! All elephants are chained to the floor and can only walk... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

*Elephants are kept in a pen not even the size of a football field full of dead palm oil leaves and faeces *They are thin with their spines, ribs and hips protruding *We were told they are only fed Palm oil leaves "because they love them" (I think more so because they are so available and easily accessible) *Before going... More 

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