We awoke bright and early for our 7.30am pick up, we were off to Taro Elephant Safari Park near Ubud.
We did lots of research before we arrived to ensure the elephants were properly looked after; we didn’t want to ride elephants that were caged all day and not able to roam in beautiful surroundings.
Taro Elephant Safari Park was excellent, it is set in 2 hectares of exotic landscaped botanical gardens and surrounded by natural forest… and it is truly beautiful.
When we first arrived we watched as a couple of the elephants were being bathed in the pool, they looked so contented. It must have been a refreshing treat for them in the midday heat.
It wasn’t long before we were ushered over to our elephant, Attila, who happily allowed us to climb aboard and ride off into the tropical surroundings.
Along the way our mahout (elephant trainer) told us all about Attila, she was 40 years old and would probably go on to live for at least another 40 years. Wow!
The mahout also explained how the elephants were cared for and told us eye-watering stories of the terrible backgrounds they’d saved some of the elephants from.
There were many occasions where we had to give way, although they were a lot more patient than English drivers…
After the trek we got to meet and feed some of the other elephants in the park that were happily and freely roaming around the gardens and then headed for a buffet lunch.
We had a wonderful day meeting and riding Attila and all her friends.
If you are ever in Bali this park is definitely worth a visit, just make sure to tell Attila that we said ‘Hi!’.