Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary
Our last destination before heading back to KL. This is mark the end of Taman Negara trip. This unique place will give everybody an opportunity to get close-up with elephants, and also chance to ride them. You thought elephant only can be seen at Zoo, but never thought of visiting their sanctuary.
Kuala Gandah – Elephant Sanctuary
The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, located near the Krau Wildlife Reserve, was established in 1985 by the Development of Wildlife and National Parks. The name Kuala Gandah is taken from the nearby small stream running near the electric compound enclosure which houses the elephants during the day from 8.30am to 2pm before they are transferred to the roofed holding area.
My visit was a rare for me, from riding and taking the elephants down to the river and gives them a bath. Or can I say bath with them together?
How to reach this place?
From KL, take the Karak Highway heading towards Lanchang District, passing the Karak Village along the way. Once in Lancang, you should be able to see a BP gas station by the side of the road. Turn left into the road before the gas station, then follow the ample road signs along the way and head towards Bolok. You will pass an Orang Asli settlement and at the end of that road, you will reach the Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary. The journey takes between 2 to 2 1/2 hours and is 160km from Kuala Lumpur.
Car park is available for FREE. We walked through the museum and information boards on elephant. We watched the documentary for a while in small room with projector.
Due to the sudden crowd from outside, only 3 of us were managed to join for riding and bathing. The ticket price is varying for visit only and activity with elephants.
Our guide took us down to where the adult elephants were kept.
Activity of feeding them began at 2.30pm.
Munching your hand? OMG…take a banana and put inside their mouth. They’re not interested to your hand anyway. LOL.
Later, the crowd moved to elephant riding. There are two categories; adult and child riding. Baby elephant is for child riding.
Once all done, all the elephants filed into the river and people began lining up to ride on them.
The riding is done before you get wet in shock!
The elephant suddenly hide into the water…splash…unexpectedly. All getting drown for a moment…LOL.
Some peoples got to go in and wash the baby elephants.
The situation was so fun and can funnier if they splash water on you. The place has shower facilities, so we cleaned up and changed. Headed to KL after reached Mentakab. Our trip is ended in a fashion way.