Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali – Visitor’s Guide

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The Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali is the only dedicated elephant rescue park in Ubud, 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 to this Elephant Sanctuary in Bali including where it’s located, how much it costs, and what to expect during your visit.

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WHERE IS THE BALI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY?

The Bali Elephant Sanctuary is located near Ubud in central Bali.

Click here to see the location on Google Maps.

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HOW TO GET TO BALI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

The Mason Elephant Sanctuary is a short thirty-minute drive from Ubud. The best way to reach Elephant Park Bali is to hire a scooter or a car.

If you are staying in the Ubud region, I recommend renting a scooter and making the short drive over to the Elephant Sanctuary Ubud.

Don’t feel confident riding a scooter? Another great option for getting around Bali is to hire a private car and a driver for the day and experience all that the island has to offer.

Includes:

  • Experienced Driver
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Mineral water
  • Petrol

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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 the different packages available:

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

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, 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 Bali 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, air-conditioning, bar fridge, tv, towels, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryers, shampoos, and more.

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We were given an itinerary for our 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 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 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!

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ACTIVITIES AT THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY IN BALI

The following morning, breakfast is served from 7 am-10 am, which is included with the room at the Elephant Sanctuary in Bali. A starter spread of fruits, yogurts, cereals, tea, and 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 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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WHERE TO STAY IN UBUD

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 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, a private bathroom with bathtub, bathrobes, comfortable beds and sweeping views of the jungle surrounds. Afternoon tea and breakfast are complimentary for all guests. A memorable place to stay for couples and families.

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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 within walking distance of the monkey forest and the center 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.

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Budget: Gypsy Lust Hostel

One of the most recommended hostels in Ubud. Featuring a restaurant and bar, a garden area, and a shared lounge. Gypsy Lust Hostel is within walking distance of 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 travelers, friends, and couples on a budget.

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FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN UBUD.

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI

When visiting Bali, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;

  • Sunscreen – the Indonesian sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.

 

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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.

 

THANKS FOR READING

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7 thoughts on “Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali – Visitor’s Guide”

  1. Thankyou so much for posting this. I absolutely adore elephants but was a little unsure when I rode one whilst in Thailand that I’d heard of the harsh conditions they are put through. I’m off to Bali in March and I will visit sanctuary and maybe change my accommodation of one night to stay there and experience watching them!

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  2. Hey so I’m leaving for Indonesia in a couple of months and because we’re traveling all over the place there’s no time to book a room for a night unfortunately. You mentioned day trips also being possible and I just wanted to know if I have to let the lodge know of my arrival in advance or if I could just show up unannounced.
    Thank you for your answer I loved the article!

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