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Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre - Activities

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In recent years, Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre has become a very popular destination for tourists and especially so during Weekends and School/Public Holidays. There have been numerous complaints from our guests on the lack of crowd control at the centre and the lack of handicap friendly facilities available there. We would like to advise you to visit the centre on any other time other than Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays and school/public holidays to avoid disappointment. Please note : School & Public Holidays calendar here at ; Calendar 2011  . On Fridays, there is a long lunch break for friday prayers and the centre will only be open from 2.30pm onwards.

 

These older elephants at the centre are trained to guide wild elephants out of encroached areas.

On 14th May 2001, the 25-member team from the Kuala Gandah translocation team was called in to capture a young male of between 30 and 40 years old. He was believed to be a member of the herd of elephants who went on a rampage at a few villages in a northern state not long ago. The elephants steamrolled over a sizeable area of orchards and damaged a few houses along the way. The elephant, named 'Tok Nik' by the villagers, was captured and accompanied out of the wooded area by the sanctuary's trained elephants; 'Cek Mek' and 'Mek Bunga'. In doing so, the trained elephants provide the frightened elephant with a sense of security, so that he would be less inclined to retaliate to the treatment of chains on him.

Tok Nik was later released into the forest areas bordering the states of Kelantan and Perak.

elephant rides can be arranged

The video presentation was a good start to our tour of the place. After the show, the keeper in charge of the day took us to an opening where the older elephants were waiting. This… is where the fun starts! We were introduced to Mek Bunga, a docile and obedient giant…and encouraged to take a ride on her round the compound. The thrill was that we were to be taken on a bareback ride! There were no harnesses, no elephant seats… all we had to do was to clamber onto the elephant's back and hold on for dear life to the Mahout (the elephant's keeper). The Mahout shouted out simple instructions to Mek Bunga and she slowly rose from her crouched position to her full standing height of 8 feet(2.5m). Asian elephants are generally smaller in size as compared with their cousins in Africa. They have smaller triangular, flapping ears, shorter faces with a dip on the top of the head. Only the males have tusks and adults can weigh up to 6tonnes (5,400kg) whereas the female weighs half of that. In general the adults average about 10feet (3m) tall but when you're sitting on an elephants back,10 feet feels a little too high for comfort!

elephant rides can be arranged

Clad in shorts, Robert had to contend with sitting on bare elephant skin- wiry hair scratching the tender undersides of his thighs! Almost oblivious to the extra burden weighing down on her, Mek Bunga sashayed up a path, which led to the elephant enclosure. The Mahout informed us that this fenced area was recently set up to allow the older elephants to roam. Most of the day the elephants are chained up for their safety. Space is a problem at the centre.

The ride only took 15 minutes but being able to be so close to the elephant, to observe her moves, to feel her breathing - her calmness, to touch her leathery skin, to be in complete harmony with her…that…was more than the thrill of the ride.

After the work of carrying us around, it was our turn to work. 'Twas time for a bath! Not us; although we didn't have a choice in the end anyway. We had been 'summoned' to pay for our thrills (as it were) and it was the elephants' turn to play. With a scrub in one hand and lots of guts…we made our way down to the river. The keepers were already there with the elephant. For those more equipped for the trip (i.e. they brought their swimsuits and towel), with wild abandonment, they jumped into the river. For others like us who came unprepared, after much teasing from the keepers, we went in too!

bathing the elephant

After half an hour of fun in the river, a loud 'blaaaaarrrrre' coming from the direction of the stables caught us by surprise. The keepers informed us that we had to leave the bathing session for another day. As for now, the young elephants were waiting impatiently for their afternoon tea and from the noisy calls, we could tell that they were already getting a little agitated having to wait. We found out that the one making all those rude noises was the youngest member of the family. There were four young elephants at the stable; Adillah, being the youngest is four years old. She was found on a plantation called Felda Adillah some years ago and transferred to Kuala Gandah. In her tender age, she has even gained quite a bit of fame having been casted in the movie 'Anna and the King'!

The keepers brought out a buffet of delicious fruits for the elephants. Of course Adillah had the very first serving and quite a bit after that! Trunks outstretched, eager for more of the succulent fruits that they have been denied the entire afternoon. The elephants chomped happily away on the fruits handed out to them. We were told that, if we really wanted to be in their good books we could always bring along little treats for them on our next trip. They're especially fond of apples, bananas and mangoes. The next time then.

The aged method of training an elephant is to tie each of the elephant's legs to posts set widely apart. The elephant is left in that straddled position for as long as it takes to break its wild spirit.

We have learnt so much from our day trip to the elephant sanctuary. It's a great place to visit especially for children where they can interact with these gentle giants and learn about them. There is so much to learn and in return perhaps they can teach us a thing or two about our lives too. The elephants here have a purpose - to educate the visitors and to help translocate wild elephants to a better place. The elephants at the sanctuary are in fact, representatives for their fellow elephants. With the work done at Kuala Gandah and the translocation programmes, the wild elephants have a fighting chance to survive and continue their legacy. There is still so much to do and so much that can be done. The responsibility for all wildlife is not just on the wildlife department and their rangers. It also comes from us - our care, our knowledge and our responsibility.

A little phrase from Voltaire's Candide, ' There is no effect without a cause,' replied Candide humbly. 'Everything is connected in a chain of necessity, and has all been arranged for the best.

Update on the elephant centre

little orphaned elephants are sent to the elephant centre for later translocation

The tragic death of the 3 younger elephants at Kuala Gandah centre when a tree crushed them during a freak storm in May 2001 is a great loss to the centre and to us. They are sorely missed by all. In September a new recruit to the centre was introduced to the visitors. Her name is little 'Mawar' . Having been orphaned recently, the 5 month old baby was transported from Kota Tinggi in Johore to the centre. A little hut has been built for her and hopefully in time, she may learn to fend for herself. Young elephants are completely dependent on their mothers. Mother and child are inseparable - the only time they ever separate is when the young is orphaned. It is very difficult for little Mawar to adjust to life at the centre for there is no foster mother to take responsibility for her. Her fate is uncertain at the moment. She is extremely attached to the keeper in charge of her but she definitely needs a full time 'mother' to teach her and to constantly comfort her through such trying times. She frets easily and little things frighten her. So if you do see her, please be gentle. Another little orphaned elephant called 'Sri' was brought to the centre 2 weeks after Mawar. She seems a little more at ease with her surroundings and loves her daily sand bath. The two young ones have a habit of grabbing visitors' hands and stuffing them into their mouths to suckle. But be careful not to allow them to do so. At their age, they have already developed the back molars and may unknowingly crush your finger or hand.

Sri was later sent to the A'Famosa safari park in Melaka.

More information about the centre

If you would like to know more about the elephants at Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre and if you are interested in helping the elephants there, there is an adopt-an-elephant programme managed by the Rotary Club Bukit Bintang, a charitable fund set up solely for the well being of the elephants here - please check out www.elephantappeal.com

There is a satellite-tracking programme conducted on a few wild elephants that have been tagged with electronic tracking devices prior to their release into the jungles. If you're interested and would like to know more about the projects, please check out www.natzoo.si.edu

For further information about the sanctuary, its purpose and its elephants you may contact 019 - 9321 576

Deerland

sunbear at deerland being fed condensed milk which is unfortunately making them obese

This is a privately funded animal park right next to the Elephant Centre and is open everyday from 10.30am till 5.30pm except on Fridays. The owner's intention was to increase the size of the forest reserve in the backyard by another 4 hectares for the animals to roam. At the park, they have deers, sunbears, snakes amongst other animals. Visitors can help feed the animals but do have the staff present at all times if kids are around as these are wild animals and sometimes they can be a little temperamental.

Entrance Fee for adults = RM10 ; for child = RM5 per person

 

 

 

 

 

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Kuala Lumpur / Selangor & Surrounding Day Tours

Day tours within Kuala Lumpur ~ | KL City Tour | Country & Batu Caves Tour | Cultural Night Tour | Garden & Parks Tour | Templer's Park Tour | KL Cultural & Heritage Tour | A day in Rainforest Tour | Putra Jaya & Agricultural Park Tour | Sunway Lagoon Tour |

Day Tours Outside of Kuala Lumpur ~ | Historical Malacca Tour | Genting Highlands Tour | Pulau Ketam Tour |

Day Nature/Adventure Tours Outside of Kuala Lumpur ~ | Elephant Sanctuary Trip | Fire Fly & Kuala Selangor Trip | White Water Rafting at Sungai Selangor | Water Tubing at Sungai Selangor |

 

Day Tours within Kuala Lumpur

Tours

Hrs

Day of Operations

Departure

Min Pax

Include

Rate

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

Kuala Lumpur City Tour
(Itinerary)

3.5

Daily

9.00

2.00

2

-

60

30

Country & Batu Caves
(Itinerary)

3.5

Daily

9.00

2.00

2

-

60

30

Fullday KL City & Country (Itinerary)

9

Daily

9.00

-

2

Entrance fees & Lunch

230

160

KL Night Tour (Itinerary)

5

Daily

-

5.00

2

Entrance fee
Dinner & Show

180

115

Garden & Parks Tour (Itinerary)

3.5

Daily

9.30

-

2

Entrance to Bird Park, Butterfly Park & Orchid Garden

150

95

Templer's Park Tour (Itinerary)

3.5

Daily

9.30

-

2

-

120

80

KL Cultural & Heritage (Itinerary)

4

Daily

9.30

-

2

-

120

80

A Day In Rainforest (Itinerary)

4

Daily

9.30

-

2

-

180

150

National Zoo & School of Hard Knock (Itinerary)

4

Daily

9.30

-

2

Entrance to Zoo & Course Fee

120

100

Putrajaya Tour (Itinerary)

5

Daily

9.00

-

2

Entrance to Agr. Park & Perahu Ride

135

90

Sunway Lagoon (Itinerary) **

8

Daily

9.30

-

2

5 parks – Water, Amusement, Wildlife, Extreme & Scream Park only (excl bungy jump, G-Force, go-kart)

170

120

** Sunway Lagoon : Closed on Tuesdays except on Malaysia/Singapore School Holiday & Malaysia Public Holiday

Please Note:

* All tours are based on SIC (seat-in-coach) can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
* Pick-up and drop-off service from major hotels at Kuala Lumpur town centre
* For other pick up and drop off services in areas other than KL centre, please advise us. Additional surcharge will be accorded
* Services of an English Speaking Driver cum Guide
* Child is from 3 to 11 years old
* Touring by air-conditioned car or van (depending on the group size)
* Admission to attraction and meals where applicable (refer to itinerary)
* Surcharge of RM30/person during Ramadhan Season for Cultural Night Tour
* Country & Batu Caves not available for 3 days of Thaipusam Festival (Eve of Thaipusam, Thaipusam Day and Day after Thaipusam)
* Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
* Full Charges apply to NO SHOW OR LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION

 

Day Tours outside of Kuala Lumpur

Tours

Hrs

Day of Operations

 

Min Pax

Include

 

Departure

Rate

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

Historical Malacca Tour (Itinerary)

8

Daily

9.00

-

2

Lunch

130

95

Genting Highlands (Itinerary)

8

Daily

8.30

-

2

1 way cable Car

100

70

Pulau Ketam Rural Adventure (Itinerary)

8

Daily

9.30

-

2

Lunch

180

90

Please Note:

* All tours are based on SIC (seat-in-coach) can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
* Pick-up and drop-off service from major hotels at Kuala Lumpur town centre
* For other pick up and drop off services in areas other than KL centre, please advise us. Additional surcharge will be accorded
* Services of an English Speaking Driver cum Guide
* Touring by air-conditioned car or van (depending on the group size)
* Admission to attraction and meals where applicable (refer to itinerary)
* Child is from 3 to 11 years old
* Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
* Full Charges apply to NO SHOW OR LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION

Postponements of Trip:

* Please be advised that the trip will not be allowed to be postponed unless we are advised of any changes at least 3 working days before trip commencement date

 

Day Nature Tours outside of Kuala Lumpur

Tours

Hrs

Day of Operations

Departure

Min Pax

Include

Rate

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

                 

Elephant Sanctuary (Itinerary)

8

Daily

9.30

-

2

Entrance fee & Lunch

195

130

Shah Alam & Kuala Selangor Fireflies (Itinerary)

8

Daily

-

3.00

2

Dinner & Boat Ride

180

100

Please Note:

* All tours are based on SIC (seat-in-coach) can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
* Pick-up and drop-off service from major hotels at Kuala Lumpur town centre
* For other pick up and drop off services in areas other than KL centre, please advise us. Additional surcharge will be accorded
* Services of an English Speaking Driver cum Guide
* Touring by air-conditioned car or van (depending on the group size)
* Admission to attraction and meals where applicable (refer to itinerary)
* Child is from 3 to 11 years old
* Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
* Full Charges apply to NO SHOW OR LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION

Postponements of Trip:

* Please be advised that the trip will not be allowed to be postponed unless we are advised of any changes at least 3 working days before trip commencement date

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.

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Accommodation and Packages to Pahang ~ Janda Baik, Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara, Kenong Rimba Reserve, Fraser's Hill, Cherating, Pulau Tioman, Kuantan, Tasik Bera and Surroundings

Accommodation:

Bentong

| Caravan Serai Private Exclusive Villas | Tras Mutiara Hotel Bentong |

Cameron Highlands

Tanah Rata ~ | Budget Inns - Seah Ming Hotel | Orient Hotel | Kavy Hotel | Daniel's Lodge | Twin Pine Chalet | Cameronian Inn | Hillview Inn | Hotel BB Inn | Father's Guesthouse | Motels - Rumah Rehat Sri Pahang | The Cool Point Hotel | Shahzan Inn | 3 star hotels - | Casa De La Rosa | Century Pines Resort | Hotel De La Ferns | 4 star hotels - | Strawberry Park Resort | Heritage Hotel | 5 star hotels - | Cameron Highlands Resort | Colonial-styled homes & Inns - | Ye Olde Smokehouse | The Hilltop Bungalow | Bala's Holiday Chalet | Apartment - TM Resort |

Ringlet ~ | Colonial-styled homes & Inns - The Lakehouse | The MNS Chalet & Longhouse |

Brinchang ~ | 5 star hotels - Equatorial Hotel | 3 star hotels - Rosa Passadena | 2 star hotels - Rainbow Hotel | Apartment Hotels - Star Regency Hotel & Apartments |

Fraser's Hill

| FHDC Bungalows | Puncak Inn | Fraser's Hill Bungalows | Jelai Highland Resort | Fraser's Silverpark Resort | Shahzan Inn | Fraser's Pine Resort | The Gap Resthouse | Ye Olde Smokehouse |

Janda Baik

| Cherengin Hills Convention & Spa Resort | Seri Pengantin Resort | Suria Hill Country House | Wadi Samrah Janda Baik |

Jerantut

| Wau Hotel & Cafe | Felda Residence Tekam |

Kuala Lipis

| Appu's Hotel Lipis | Centrepoint Hotel | Hotel London | Hotel Jelai | Rumah Persinggahan Kuala Lipis (Kuala Lipis Resthouse) | Rumah Rehat Tanjung Lipis | Lipis Inn |

Temerloh

| Hotel Seri Malaysia |

Taman Negara Kuala Tahan

| Nusa Holiday Village | Tembeling River View Chalet | Woodland Resort | Rainforest Resort |

Taman Negara Merapoh

| Park accommodation |

Cherating

| Eastern Pavilion Cherating | Holiday Villa Cherating | Impiana Resort Cherating | Legend Cherating Resort | Residence Inn | Sanctuary Resort | Suria Cherating Beach Resort |

Pulau Tioman

| Salang | Salang Hut | Ella's Place | Salang Indah | Salang Beach Resort | Salang Pusaka Resort | Salang Sayang Tioman Resort |

Panuba Beach | Panuba Inn Resort |

ABC | Bamboo Hill Chalets | ABC(Air Batang Chalet) | Nazri's Beach Cabanas | Tioman House | Johan's Resort | Mawar Beach Chalets | My Friend Place | Nazri's Place |

Tekek | Peladang Inn | Pesona Island Resort | Babura Seaview Resort | Swiss Cottage Resort |

Genting | Japamala Resort | Minang Cove Resort |

Paya | Paya Beach Resort | Tioman Paya Resort |

Juara | Manana | Bushman |

Dive Packages Salang/ABC | B&J Tioman Dive Centre |

Kuantan

5 star | Hyatt Regency |

4 star | Seasons View Hotel | Swiss Garden Hotel & Spa | The Zenith Hotel |

3 star | Grand Continental Kuantan | Vistana Kuantan | Hotel Sentral Kuantan | Duta Sands Beach Resort | Duta Village Beach Resort | Mega View Hotel |

2 star | Hotel Seri Malaysia |

Boutique Guesthouse | Riverside Boutique Guesthouse |

Beach Resort | Black Stone Resort |

Bukit Gambang

| Bukit Gambang Resort City |

Rompin

| Hotel Seri Malaysia |

Tasik Bera

| Tasik Bera Resort |

Tasik Chini

| Tasik Chini Resort | Rajan Jones Guest House |

Trips and Packages:

Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre

| Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour |

Taman Negara ~ Kuala Tahan

| Mutiara Taman Negara Resort ex Kuala Lumpur | 2 days 1 night Fullboard Package | 3 days 2 nights Fullboard Package | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package | 4 days 3 nights Fullboard Holiday Package | 4 days 3 nights Fullboard Explorer Package at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort | Fullboard Adventure Camping Trail Mutiara Taman Negara Packages |

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort ex Jerantut | 3 days 2 nights Fullboard Package at ex-Jerantut | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package ex - Jerantut |

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort & Elephant Centre ex Kuala Lumpur | 3 Days 2 Nights Fullboard Package |

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort ex Singapore | 5 days 4 nights Fullboard Package |

Local Village Resorts ex Kuala Lumpur | 2 days 1 night Fullboard Package | 3 days 2 nights Full Board package | 3d ays & 2 nights Fullboard Nusa Holiday Village Package | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package | 4 days 3 nights Full Board Package | 4 days 3 nights Fullboard Nusa Holiday Village Package |

Local Village Resorts ex Jerantut | 3 days 2 nights Full Board Package | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package | 4 days 3 nights Full Board Package |

Local Village Resort & Elephant Centre ex Kuala Lumpur | 3 Days 2 Nights Fullboard Package |

Local Village Resorts ex Singapore | 5 days 4 nights Full Board Package |

Taman Negara Inner Jungle ex Jerantut /ex Kuala Lumpur | 3 Days 2 Nights Taman Negara Inner Jungle Adventure | 4 Days 3 Nights Taman Negara Inner Jungle Adventure |

Mountain Trekking | 9 Days 8 Nights Gunung Tahan via Kuala Tahan Trekking Package |

Taman Negara ~ Merapoh

| Mountain Trekking | 5 days 4 nights Gunung Tahan via Merapoh Trekking Package |

Combination Trips

Nature/ Highland/ Island

| 7 Days 6 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Nature & Island Trip | 9 Days 8 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Highland, Nature & Island Trip | 7 Days 6 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Animals , Nature & Island Trip |

 

Malaysia Rainforests, Sanctuaries and Parks

Peninsula Malaysia - Rainforests, Sanctuaries and Parks

Perak

| Bota Kanan River Terrapin Wildlife Conservation Centre | Royal Belum State Park | Sungkai Sambar Deer and Pheasant Wildlife Reserve | Temenggor Forest Reserve |

Johor

| Endau-Rompin National Park |

Pahang

| Taman Negara - Kuala Tahan | Jenderak Seladang Sanctuary | Kenong Rimba Reserve | Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre | Taman Negara - Merapoh | Tasik Chini Trek |

Selangor

| Kuala Selangor Fireflies | Kuala Selangor Nature Park | Sungai Dusun Rhino Sanctuary |

Kedah

| Langkawi Mangrove Swamps | The Datai, Langkawi | Ulu Muda Reserve |

Negri Sembilan

| Ulu Bendol Reserve | Berembun Forest Reserve | Gua Batu Maloi Forest Reserve |

Sabah and Sarawak - Borneo Rainforest, Sanctuaries and Parks

Sarawak

| Semengoh Wildlife/Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre | Bako National Park | Niah National Park | Kayakking in Kuching | Kayakking with Dolphins | Borneo Highlands Kayaking and Semengoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre Adventure Trip | Mulu National Park | Tenyok Rimba |

Sabah

| Tabin Wildlife Reserve | Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre | Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary & Sukau | Gomantong Cave |

 

Short Adventure & Nature Trips

Peninsular Malaysia

Water Activities

Perak

| White Water Rafting at Gopeng and Caving at Gua Tempurung |

Selangor

| White Water Rafting at Sungai Selangor | Abseiling and Tubing at Sungai Selangor |

Camping Trips

Pahang

| Taman Negara Inner Jungle Trip (Trekking) | Kenong Rimba Camping |

Johor

| Endau National Park Camping |

Perak

| Trans Gopeng - Cameron Highlands Camping & Trekking | Ulu Geroh Rafflesia Trek & Rafting Trip |

Trekking Trips

Kedah

| Jungle Trekking in Langkawi's Treasured Rainforest | Trekking For Families with Kids in Langkawi |

Nature & Countryside Trips

Selangor

| Kuala Selangor Fireflies | Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre |

Birdwatching Trips

Kedah

| Birdwatching in Langkawi |

Nature Photography Trips

Kedah

| Escorted Nature & Wildlife Photography Trip in Langkawi |

River Kayakking Courses

Selangor

| River Kayakking Basic Course at Sungai Selangor |

Combination Trips

Nature/ Highland/ Island

| 7 Days 6 Nights Malaysia Nature & Island Trip | 9 Days 8 Nights Malaysia Highland, Nature & Island Trip |

Borneo ~ Sabah & Sarawak

Water Activities

Sabah

| White Water Rafting Day Trips |

Sarawak

| Kayakking in Kuching | River Cruise with Dolphins | Borneo Highlands Kayaking and Semengoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre Adventure Trip | Kuching Caving Adventure | The Kuching Tringgus Trail (Landrover Adventure) | The Bau Gold Mining History Trail |

Mountain Climbing

Sabah

| Mount Kinabalu Climb |

Sarawak

| Mulu Pinnacles Climb | Mount Trusmadi Climb |

Birdwatching Trips

Sabah

| Birding in Sabah,Borneo |

Nature & Countryside Trips

Sabah

| Garama Wetland Cruise |

 

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