Travel & Trip
In a high spirit of mountain climbing this year, I made a decision to conquer Mount Kinabalu without much planning at least half year ahead. I took an easy way to jump into the decision a month before the actual climbing. There were only two of us since no one seems interested to join us due to cost of hiking hiked tremendously.
We were pretty confident to make it to the top, the only reason made us worry was the weather; low temperature and windy. Since we were new to this expedition, we took 4d3n, in which we used one day before for preparation and one day after for resting. Our two days climbing was all about endurance test on our knees and legs especially on the way skidding down the mountain.
At last, we made to our promised but the weather empowered us on our aim. A victory or not?
Mount Kinabalu 2009
We made our way to Kota Kinabalu Airport Terminal 2 via AirAsia. Traveled in the morning and reached by afternoon, then get picked up by tour company representative, who has arranged everything for us. A night at Zen Garden, Kinabalu Park, 5,000 feet above sea level is a little luxury in our way.
The mountain is located at 4,095 metre (13,435 feet) above sea level. We stayed at 5,000 feet above sea level with temperature around 16 degrees.
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.
After check-out from overnight stay in Jerantut, we continue our Taman Negara trip to Deerland Park @ Lanchang. It houses more than 30 Indonesian deer (Cervus Timorensis).
Deerland Nature Park
Our tour guide arranged everythings. He drove us to the destination and bought us the tickets.At first I didn’t quite understand why he brought us to deer park where only deer can be seen. But actually, it had all kinds of animal inside, not as much as national zoo lah.
Cost of entrance is RM10 per person. Why was so expensive? I saw somewhere in other’s people journal mentioned RM5 only?
When we first entered the park, we directed to the deer land. I thought we just have chance to get close to the animal, but I was wrong.
We were given a basket of bread to feed the animal. Once we get the food, all deers came into us and forced us on the fence. Wahhhh….attacked from various angles. So geli…!
Even a finger pointing also attract their attention. They are merely friendly to human.
Afterward, we moved to snake upclose. You can perform as close as kissing, but we didn’t do that for sake of our life at stake…haha. The bravest part of mine was having it on my shoulder for pictures taken.
Sugar Glider…no idea what was this. Never saw and heard before. Just simply took pictures with them.
Sun bear…yea. My favorite bear! Finally get an upclose with him!
Overall a good visit, but the time spent there was quite short. Rushing perhaps? We moved forward to elephant sanctuary which was just few km away. Stay tune!
It’s not an ultimate trip, but a revisited trip. This exploration of National Park, Pahang had bring another adventurous episode of hill-hiking for me. Hike one of the oldest rain forest in the world..walao yeh! A hiker lover should not miss out this opportunity.
Taman Negara 2009
14 – 17 Aug 09
This 3 days 2 nights trip was a new experience and completed with pride. Since it was a revisited trip, I prefer to make a special arrangement with the travel agent. We took 2 days 1 night at Taman Negara vicinity. Another night will be spent at Jerantut town for other additional arrangement.
Frankly say, it wasn’t a pleasant trip due to the messy arrangement from this tour agency.The whole story started from the moment I made booking. From prices to transport arrangement, I’d my own issue with it because it’s not consistent and keep changing.
Zoo Melaka is the second biggest zoo in Malaysia. This major zoological park is located opposite Botanikal Ayer Keroh and along the Lebuh Ayer Keroh route. More than 1200 animals of 215 species can be found at the Zoo Melaka.
Month of August was my busiest month of the year. Almost every week, I went out for trip. Zoo Melaka is one of my target. This place is never been hard to locate if you come from Ayer Keroh direction. Go straight after pay the toll and look forward the signboard given.
Car park is NOT FREE and I paid RM2 for carpark.