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Breakfast with Orangutans at Bali Zoo

Start the day with a hearty breakfast and a close encounter with Bali Zoo's orangutans and elephants. Help yourself to the breakfast buffet but pay close attention while you're up, as some friendly animals may be brought out to join the feast.

First up are a pair of hungry elephants. Guests can pose beside for a photo or purchase a basket of fruit to feed. Next are the stars of the show, 2 orangutans who swing down to their platforms on a series of ropes and vines.

Photographs with the orangutans are also allowed, but don't get too close in case they grab hold of your hair - they won't let go!

Two other friendly animals are briefly brought out to say hello to diners, a porcupine and a pangolin (or armadillo). To close, an elephant keeper runs a short presentation, showcasing an elephant's ability to sit, crush a coconut, and place a floral wreath over helpful volunteers.

Bali Zoo houses 5 orangutans and 13 elephants. The zoo curator carefully selects the animals that best interact with humans for the Breakfast with Orangutans program.

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Price

Adult: Rp600,000 (USD$41.20), Child (2-12 yrs): Rp420,000 ($28.84)

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Time Spent

1.5-3hours

Fitness level: Easy

Located within Bali Zoo

Hours

8am-10am7 days

Look Around

One of the orangutans walking around their elevated platformOne of the orangutans walking around their elevated platform
The other orangutan offering a guest a nibbleThe other orangutan offering a guest a nibble
Interacting with orangutans
Sifting through leaves - is this all there is for breakfast?Sifting through leaves - is this all there is for breakfast?
Just relaxin'Just relaxin'
These sunglasses look like they'll suit me - nah, I'll just break them insteadThese sunglasses look like they'll suit me - nah, I'll just break them instead
The facial expressions are pricelessThe facial expressions are priceless
Thanks for breakfast... sayonara!Thanks for breakfast... sayonara!
Adorable and cheeky orangutans
Ready with basket of fruit and vegetablesReady with basket of fruit and vegetables
That smile means it's breakfast time!That smile means it's breakfast time!
Mmmm... delicious banana!Mmmm... delicious banana!
Instant friendsInstant friends
More breakfast, pleaseMore breakfast, please
Feeding the elephants
This porcupine loves sweet cornThis porcupine loves sweet corn
Eating out of the keeper's handEating out of the keeper's hand
Getting up close to a pangolinGetting up close to a pangolin
Porcupine and a pangolin

Who Will Like Breakfast with Orangutans at Bali Zoo

Fun Expert

Spend a day at the zoo with your family, starting with a buffet breakfast where your kids can feed elephants. Take advantage of the zoo's photographers and capture a family portrait beside the gentle elephants or hairy orangutans.

Bucketlist Bandit

Take a selfie with an elephant and an orangutan, or purchase a professional photo of yourself and the animals taken by the zoo's photographers.

Nature Lover

Start your day with breakfast in the company of friendly orangutans and elephants. Notice the difference in character between the 2 elephants and 2 orangutans, are they relaxed, friendly, or mischievous? Afterwards, wander around zoo's 2 sections to admire over 450 species of animals.

Photography Whiz

Capture emotive expressions on the animals faces as the elephants delight in being fed tasty fruit and vegetables, or as the orangutans swing down to their platforms.

Insider Tips For Breakfast with Orangutans at Bali Zoo

  • During peak season, this experience fills up nearly a month in advance. So it's best to book your tickets as far in advance as possible or be flexible with your dates if leaving it to the last minute.
  • Tickets can be purchased directly from the zoo's website or GetYourGuide, Klook, Voyagin, and Viator.
  • Arrive spot-on 8am to secure a good table near the animals and make a head start on breakfast. Most guests arrive closer to 8:30am.
  • Inform the zoo of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so chefs can prepare a special meal for you (such as vegetarian/vegan).
  • A basket of fruit and vegetables to feed elephants costs Rp60,000 (USD$4.12).
  • Don't take belongings like sunglasses, watches, or mobile phones near the orangutans in case they grab them. We saw one orangutan grab and snap a man's sunglasses in the split second he wasn't looking.
  • All Breakfast with Orangutans tickets include entry to the zoo.
  • Tickets are available either with or without return hotel transfers. If you choose tickets with hotel transfers, remember the number of your vehicle so the 'transfers desk' can call your driver when you're ready to leave.
  • To squeeze more fun into your day, purchase a Breakfast with Orangutans and Elephant Mud Fun package. After breakfast, spend time feeding and bathing elephants before enjoying a buffet lunch.
  • Photographs taken by the zoo's photographers can be purchased from the Photo Booth in the zoo area.

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Where Is It

Jalan Singapadu, Sukawati, Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

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How To Get There

Car

Free • Large parking area for cars and motorbikes.

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Taxi

Taxi and rideshare drivers drop off near the ticket counter.

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Shuttle

Choose to include return hotel transfers and be collected and dropped off by an official Bali Zoo driver.

Breakfast with Orangutans is located in Gayo Restaurant within the Kampung Sumatra area of the zoo. From the zoo entrance, walk 3-4 minutes through the zoo area to the shuttle bus, take the bus to the Kampung Sumatra area, then walk another 3-4 minutes to Gayo Restaurant, following the “Breakfast with Orangutans” signs.

Zoo map near shuttleZoo map near shuttle
Shuttle busShuttle bus
First arrivals at restaurantFirst arrivals at restaurant
Getting to the restaurant

What To Bring

Do:
  • Camera.
  • Hungry stomachs.
  • Hat and sunscreen for walking around the zoo.
  • Comfortable shoes for walking. 
Don't:
  • Watches, chunky bracelets, or items easily grabbed by the orangutans. 

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yes

Tripod allowed: Not encouraged

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Late Morning

Tips: Use a telephoto lens to capture a tightly-cropped frame of the orangutans’ facial expressions. Fast shutter speeds of at least 1/400 sec are ideal. Be mindful of the harsh morning light filtering through trees casting shadows over the elephants. Enjoy your breakfast first, then take photos when the sun rises a little higher. Look out for bright lighting in the background that can cause a loss of detail or unwanted silhouettes – just be patient for the orangutan to move around their platform for the perfect lighting.

Drones

Drones allowed: No

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Gayo Restaurant - Located in the Kampung Sumatra area, this is the location for Breakfast with Orangutans. Buffet breakfast items include fresh fruit, Indonesian specialties like fried rice and noodles, and western breakfast classics like bacon and eggs. Friendly restaurant staff are always nearby with refills of tea, coffee, water, or fruit juice. Dietary requirements can be catered for but should be requested at the time of booking.

Egg stationEgg station
Cereal stationCereal station
PastriesPastries
Hot grill station cooking sausagesHot grill station cooking sausages
Around the restaurant
Buffet line and seating areaBuffet line and seating area
Fresh fruit - dragon fruit, pineapple, strawberries, watermelon and mangoFresh fruit - dragon fruit, pineapple, strawberries, watermelon and mango
Vegan friendly dishes - noodles, fried rice, grilled tomatoes, grilled mushrooms and roasted potatoesVegan friendly dishes - noodles, fried rice, grilled tomatoes, grilled mushrooms and roasted potatoes

Backstory

The Breakfast with Orangutans program, the first in Asia, started in 2016 and has grown quickly in popularity.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Listen to keepers at all times and obey their instructions. 
  • Take multiple turns with the elephants and orangutans. Try coming close when there are less visitors around them. 
  • Be mindful of other visitors both in the buffet line and near the animals.
Don't:
  • Touch food in the buffet serving containers without using utensils.
  • Feed the animals anything other than the purchased fruit and vegetable baskets or without the supervision of a keeper.
  • Take loose belongings like sunglasses near the orangutans. 
  • Touch the orangutans without keeper permission. 
  • Spend too much time beside an animal. Make room for other visitors to take their turn and capture a photograph.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Ability to get close to elephants and orangutans and have photographs taken. 
  • Ability to feed elephants purchased fruit and vegetables. 
  • Variety of dishes at the breakfast buffet.
Could Be Better:
  • Relatively expensive price of elephant food. 
  • Confusing path to Gaya Restaurant from main gate with basic signage and instructions. 
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