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To do elephant safari outdoor, you do not have to go to Thailand, India or Africa. Just visit Borobudur and enjoy the sensation of village tour while riding on the elephant back like the ancient kings.
The visit to Borobudur Temple will not be perfect without wandering around the village areas surrounding the temple. Unique and fascinating villages, such as Klipoh Hamlet and Jowahan Hamlet, have awaited with their diverse beauty. Besides, the peaceful nature of the villages with spanning paddy fields as the main attraction together with rivers, field, hills seem calling anybody to explore their raw appeals. Several ways might be taken to explore the areas, from hiking, taking horse cart until going by motorbike. But, if you prefer more challenging experience, elephant safari will be a good choice to try.
The sun had taken its culmination position when YogYES visited the elephant cage to initiate the safari. In the beginning, the tour was planned to go around the Borobudur temple only, but a friend from Manohara Hotel suggested to take safari wandering around the village areas and along Sileng River since the route was more challenging with beautiful sightseeing as a bonus. Having heard that, YogYES changed the previous plan and decided to take the Sileng River Adventure as suggested.
After YogYES sat down on the saddle, the elephant keeper wearing all black started steering the elephant using wooden stick. The elephant stepped out of and left the Borobudur temple tourism complex slowly to Sabrangrowo sub-district. Along the way, we saw golden paddy fields harvested by the people. They waved to greet YogYES while working in the field. Entering the village road, a bunch of children ran over us feeling excited looking at the elephant. At that time, YogYES felt as if we were king wandering around our village territory and were welcomed by little troops.
Elephant safari continued to go along the Sileng river stream. Not only going along the banks of the river, the elephant ridden by YogYES plunged half of its body into the river and walk in the river. Once a while this herd of elephants ate leaves and wild grass along the bank of the river, and the boys’ attraction of taking a bath in the river livened up the festive of the safari. In the end of the adventure, YogYES was given fresh and thirst quenching coconut water. In conclusion, Outdoor adventure riding on the elephant back was one of exotic and memorable tour.
Borobudur Dagi Hill Adventure
IDR 250,000 / person (30 minutes)
Route: Elephant cage - Kenari intersection - southeastern slope of Dagi Hill - Dagi Hill peak - western slope of Dagi Hill - southern slope of Dagi Hill - Borobudur art unique gallery - kindergarten - back to cage.
Borobudur Around Adventure
IDR 500,000 / person (60 minutes)
Route: Elephant cage - southern slope of the temple - Jaten slope - eastern part of the temple - northern part of the temple - kindergarten - back to cage.
Gunung Bakal Adventure (90 minutes)
IDR 1,000,000 / person
Route: Elephant cage - exit through post X (garden) - Sabrangrowo sub-district - Kujon sub-district - paddy fields - Maitan sub-district - slopes/peak of Bakal mountain - back to cage.
Sileng River Adventure (120 minutes)
IDR 1,250,000 / person
Route: Elephant cage - exit through post X (garden) - Sabrangrowo sub-district - paddy fields - Bumisegoro sub-district - Sileng river - Gopalan sub-district - paddy fields - Ngaran sub-district - back to cage.
Facilities: coconut water beverage and local snacks.
Borobudur Dagi Hill Adventure
IDR 1,500,000 / person (150 minutes)
Route: Elephant cage - Kenari intersection - eastern slope of Dagi Hill - northern slope of Dagi Hill - northwestern slope of Dagi Hill - the peak of Dagi Hill - western slope of Dagi Hill - southern slope of Dagi Hill - Borobudur art unique gallery - kindergarten - back to cage.
Facilities: torch along the way, local snack, coconut water beverage.