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.
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.
It is estimated that there are only 1,200 wild Asian Elephants, also known as Elephus Maximus, left in Malaysia and this is the only conservation centre set up to relocate these displaced pachyderms.
The elephants here have been rescued from all over Peninsula Malaysia, providing them a safe sanctuary in the wild.
Open daily (8.00 am to 4.30 pm) Activities are held from 2.00 pm to 3.45 pm. Also, wear long pants, for the elephants have surprisingly rough skin.
How to get there
From Kuala Lumpur, take the Karak Highway heading towards Lancang 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.
There is no accommodation anywhere near this destination, but since Kuala Lumpur is just a couple of hours drive away, all of its options remain available to you.