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Washing Elephants in Tangkahan

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Address: Green Lodge area | Tangkahan, Medan 20133, Indonesia
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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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Sao Paulo, SP
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They give the elephants a bad treatment, kicking them , pulling them by the ears, hitting them with metal sticks. I regretted financing this and wouldn't recommend you to do so.

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Luanda, Angola
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

It is amazing to ride the elephants through the jungle and through the river. A great experience to know the wild life at North Sumatra. At the end you can feed and wash the elephants, that really enjoy to be washed. A great, great experience, impossible not to love!

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Thank ccustodioalves
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Thank Amy_Traveller05
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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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France
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32 reviews
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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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Thank mitchfrance
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Cairns, Australia
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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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17 Thank Fleur W
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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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12 Thank Em F
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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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