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“A must for elephant lovers”

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
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Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Kuala...
Ranked #10 of 180 things to do in Pahang
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: You'll never forget the day you helped give an elephant a bath (additional request with the help of a guide). Currently elephant riding has been temporary stopped until further notice. Get up close and personal with the amazing semi-wild elephants at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. Be sure to book in advance because the center has strict daily visitor quotas.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We have been talking about going to the elephant sanctuary for more than a few years. It was always postponed due to a million excuses, until one friday evening when we decided to just wing it and drive the 1 hr 45 mins journey to the place (the next day, Saturday).

Did not do a lot of research for this trip, other than searching the location on Waze and the show times.

Admission is free. Though you have to fill out a registration form. There is a donation form as well, through which you can pay as you wish. You can donate before or after you are done with the place. We donated afterwards, which felt more meaningful as we got to see the animals we were donating for.

There are elephant food (sugar cane and bananas) vendors near the enclosures and a bunch of sugar cane or bananas cost us RM 3.00 per bunch. The elephants were pretty eager for the food and surprisingly gentle.

We reached the place around 12 pm as we planned to catch the 1 pm audio visual (AV) show after which there was to be an elephant show at 2:15 pm followed by bathing baby elephants at 3:00. By the way we skipped the AV show to go feed the elephants instead, as a result we got to beat the crowd and had the feeding area for ourselves.

There are only 15 or so spots for bathing the elephants and you have to call up and book in advance (costs RM 70.00 per person). We unfortunately could not do so.

The elephant show is near the river where the mahuts (elephant handlers) ride the larger elephants down the river for a bit of a scrub down. They had the show at a temporary location (due to renovations) so i don't know how true this would be for the future but personally the best view is from the bridge. The moment and high angle you see the elephants coming around the bend up river, is simply breath taking and straight out of a movie. Wow.

I went down to the river side for some snaps as well. The elephant show kinda made the trip worthwhile for us though we did not get one on one time in the water with them.

There are restrooms and a restaurant as well. Its no fine dining but does the job. I had the nasi lemak (malay rice dish wrapped in banana leaves). It costs RM 2.00 and the place has the usual fresh drinks etc... The shop has snacks and drinks as well (with reasonable prices). The nasi lemak was packed with the spicy sauce (sambal) seperate so that people who can't take the heat can add in as tolerable to them.

We had a great time and visit again, but with more research on the surrounding area, as there is not much to do here if you're looking for a full day trip.

We stumbled upon a great place, called Dusun Cafe', a few kilometers from the sanctuary. We actually stopped there before the santuary as we were not sure the santuary had food or restrooms. Its run by a couple from KL who comeby every weekend. They offer a few activities if you want more bang for your journey. I will review the place in detail in a seperate review.

As for the santuary we were highly satisfied. The signage got a bit confusing as we were unsure where the show happened. For now being on the bridge over the river at 2:15 pm is your safest bet.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Good and Well maintained place. It is lovely to feed the elephants and being so close is amazing! But the possibility to go in the river together with a baby elephant is terrible. One small elephant has to be in the water for at least one hour for all those tourists that want a picture with him. Terrible to see, and it is not necessary. And also very uncomfortable for the elephant (they use a sharp hook to let the elephant get down). Quite a shock for me because I was happy that they skipped the rides, but they still use the elephants as an attraction! So please go there, donate Some money and Enjoy the elephants, but going in the water with one of them is just not necessary and only Nice for the tourist.

14  Thank jeffreyheijden
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) established National Elephant Conservation Centre in 1989. The centre is the base for the Elephant Unit, which began the elephant translocation programme in 1974.

The only one of its kind in Malaysia, the team is dedicated to locating, subduing and then translocate problem elephants from areas where their habitats are being encroached by development. These elephants are then relocated to safer habitats including Taman Negara National Park. Over the past 30 years, this team has helped to resolve human-elephants conflicts and minimised the economic losses caused by such conflicts by relocating more than 700 wild elephants.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

The facility seems well built with paved roads where families can bring their prams and babies. On that day, we only saw six elephants. Unless you are obsessed with elephants, the long trip here will be more worth it if you combine with the nearby Deerland.

2  Thank pianocello
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Grateful to be given an opportunity to get up close to the Malaysian Asian elephant. This centre should be noted for its noble efforts to ensure the safety of the giant elephants roaming throughout the forest sanctuary. We observed how the young elephants roaming freely within secured electric fencing area. We also saw the bathing and cleaning of elephants by mahout. We also watched the video shows which portrays the translocation of wild elephants from conflict area to their new habitat

Thank GAN L
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