This truly unique Elephant Orphanage of Kuala Gandah will give you a very rare opportunity to learn about these displaced gentle giants, and also the chance to ride them through the jungle, with the help of an elephant guide, or mahout.
What to Expect?
For the brave and adventurous, there are opportunities to take the elephants down to the river and help give them a bath. There really is no better opportunity than this to get up close and personal these grey giants.
The centre also carries out research and public awareness activities related to elephant translocation and conservation. Visitors are encouraged to view a video presentation on elephant translocation activity filmed in 1996 together with National Geographic at the centre.
Visitors to the Centre will first be shown an introductory video, and proceed to watch the elephants being washed and fed. This used to be followed by a ride on an elephant but visitors are now given the chance to go into the river with two younger elephants. Daily visitor admissions are subject to strict quotas and advance booking is strongly recommended. Since limited budget together with congestion is a growing concern in Elephant centre's management, generating more sustainable source of income has to be considered (e.g. entry fee).
Especially fun for kids
Families that are traveling with kids should not miss a visit to Kuala Gandah. Kids will forever fall in love with elephants after they experience the close interaction at Kuala Gandah. Visitors can witness feeding and bathing of the elephants; a great experience especially for children. To minimize stress for the elephants visitors can only see the elephants 2 times a day. Bathing of the elephants is only possible if water levels are high enough. Important to watch is the National Geographic Video documentary that is shown a few times daily; weekdays at 1pm, 1.30pm & 2pm (on Fridays only), weekends at 12.30pm, 1pm & 1.30pm.
For the brave and adventurous, there are opportunities to take the elephants down to the river and help give them a bath! There really is no better opportunity than this to get in touch with these grey giants.
Faisal Abu Bakar2 weeks ago
Cheap. Fees more to donation (please donate more if u can). The place is not so big, not too small. Clean enough. Food-wise got snack seller and gift stall too. 2hrs max time is good enough. Come early bcause elephant show is on 11.15am (next one is 2.30pm).
Tracy Neiman2 weeks ago
Incredible experience. We went in the morning/early afternoon, a few hours before the elephant show. At that time, the sanctuary was almost empty, so we had plenty of one-on-one time feeding and interacting with the elephants. Entry is free but your donation helps the elephants, and we also opted to hire guide, which was an informative and fun experience.
Zaidee Ismaila month ago
Great place to bring your kids for an outdoor experience. The entry is free, but you may donate during registration to help support their operations. They'll start the show at 2.30pm and it will end at around 3.30pm. Don't expect an elephant ride or any other show like the one in Thailand as these elephants are trained to be released back to the jungle, not to join circus. If you plan your trip early in the morning, make a stop at Deerland first (few km from the elephant sanctuary), then proceed to the elephant sanctuary at around 2pm to catch the show. That would be a great outdoor trip for your kids!
Nurkhaledah Othmana month ago
Nice place to bring your kids. We can feed the elephant. There also show and you can watch the mahut bring the elephants to shower in the river. Please check the time for each activity. 2.15 for the elephant show. You can buy the sugarcane at Rm3. Free entrance but you can donate to them during registration. The place was very clean, lots of parking. There also a cafe if you want to eat.
tiffany trundell2 months ago
Beautiful sanctuary doing very important conservation work. We did this as part of a tour and we're guided by one of the keepers, there was 3 opportunities to feed the elephants including feeding the baby elephants. They let you know great information about how they look after the elephants and how they train some of them to be working elephants to help save other elephants in Malaysia. The animals are well cared for, the sanctuary is in great condition, elephants seem very happy and the keepers are very knowledgeable. Well worth a visit. It is about 1.5hrs outside of Kuala Lumpur.
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