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Washing Elephants in Tangkahan

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Great Experience with Mixed Feelings

To be honest, I really feel like the CRU really try their best to help the animals. It is a lot... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2018
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Be aware what to expect

I thought a long time if I would go or not seeing the different advices... Yes, there are tourists... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
Bruno C
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Green Lodge area | Tangkahan, Medan 20133, Indonesia
+62 852-7560-5865
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

I thought a long time if I would go or not seeing the different advices... Yes, there are tourists and yes, it's intended for tourists: you wash elephants, you feed them and they eventually can shower you. But I haven't seen bad treatments at all....More

1  Thank Bruno C
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

I really love animals so I was a bit scared to come here. I don’t want to sponsor tours that don’t treat animals right. When we arrived the elephants were already in the water, it looked like they had a lot of fun! Afterwards we...More

Thank Vera v
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Yes, the elephants are not wild... But they are well treated. We enjoyed the bathing and the explanations ! The kids loved it, as we also did ! Wonderful experience The only problem was the awful road from bukit lawang (almost 3 hours of dirt...More

Thank 631yvesc
Reviewed 11 June 2018

I had very mixed emotions visiting and documenting what I experienced here. The employees not only used bull hooks on these docile creatures, but they were also fed an unhealthy diet that necessitated having their feces forcefully removed, (see pictures.) They also push selling elephant...More

7  Thank Christy F
Reviewed 27 May 2018

To be honest, I really feel like the CRU really try their best to help the animals. It is a lot better than the elephants I have seen in Thailand. Do the animals know that the CRU help them? I am not sure since it...More

1  Thank kamartinng
Reviewed 21 April 2018

Considering these elephants were already in other captive, probably less desirable, situations before arriving, that they are rescued animals I believe this is a real attempt by the locals to treat the elephants as well as possible and give others the chance to have a...More

Thank DanW440
Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

I feel sad that anyone chooses to make a living by exploiting animals, however difficult the economy. While my personally selfish aim to encounter an elephant was spectacular (I washed one elephant), it was clear to see that these poor elephants were not always treated...More

3  Thank SavoringTheGoodLife
Reviewed 7 April 2018

This is a complicated thing, right? We'd all like elephants to be free, in the wild, etc. But these elephants were already in other captivity situations before arriving here, and I believe this is a real attempt by these people to treat the elephants as...More

Thank JR M
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

An awesome experience. Love getting up so close to these Elephants and their babies. They are well behaved and the Trainers communicate well about their elephants. My 2nd Time to Sumatra and will definitely visit Tangkahan again.

Thank Wainui347
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

As an elephant lover, and having visited elephants many times across Asia, this was the best elephant experience I have ever had. As all others, we were dubious about the conditions and treatment of the elephants. However we did not need to be. Please let...More

1  Thank KBBB2018
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Lisajane G
6 September 2016|
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Response from HeidiK152 | Reviewed this property |
I think the only way to answer that is to see it for yourself. Support for non-palm oil activities for the locals is important for preservation of the forest/wildlife. Would be interested in hearing from the operator's... More
14 November 2015|
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Response from JasonBaerhold | Reviewed this property |
Yes, You should stay two nights for the best experience. 'Jungle Inn' is closest to the best spot for swimming in the river. (relaxing and fun) near the hot spring and secluded waterfall. (great ways to spend a day) Arrive... More