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Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Pahang

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Admire the stoic and friendly Malaysian elephants at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. An endemic species, the elephants here are orphaned and many will be relocated to suitable habitats once rehabilitated and able to live in the wild. Watch the animals being washed and fed before getting the chance to ride one and swim in the river with them as they bathe. Due to the sanctuary's popularity, advance reservations are recommended. For Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary and beyond, use our Bentong tour planner to get the most from your Bentong vacation.
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Where to stay in Bentong

Bentong has a number of hotels and bed and breakfasts, both centrally located and more remote. Near all of the amenities that the busy high street can bring, you will find a few modestly priced, decent lodgings. There are also hotels a little farther out of town that may offer a more peaceful feel, but are still near essentials such as supermarkets. Camping is a popular option in Bentong, and the recreation park in the area provides a lot of space.
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  • I was able to contact Zali from other Trip Advisor reviewers, He made our day very special. He picked us up at a monorail station and drove us in a comfortable car up to Kuala Gandah, approximately 1 ...  more »
  • Quiet a drive from KL..about 100+ kms..but you'll love the drive.We drove from Bukit Bintang to Kuala Ganda on a sunday.Beautifully paved roads and scenic views..trees and flora galore.This road seems...  more »
  • It is a park very popular for families with kids: do not expect free elephant as in a safari. Here elephants lives in good conditions, they have plenty of space and the mission is to rescue them from ...  more »
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  • Elephants don't look happy at all. Swinging from left to right (bored/stressed?) in their tiny living space. We asked how long they stay in the small cages. It's the whole day, they only come out for a short period of time. Poor animals have to perform for the tourists as well. We felt really bad and left early.
  • FREE entrance. FREE ample parking space. Optional to buy sugar canes inside the observation area to feed these elephants. There is a cafeteria selling local food in the compound. Elephant show and feeding time starts at 2:15PM on weekends. See pics. NOTE: It cost RM100 a day to feed an average elephant. Feel free to make a donation to support this shelter.
  • Even though its a drive from KL, but worth your while. See elephant's cared for genuinely. Food shack was unimpressive to look at but don't be afraid to eat there, thumbs up for the taste
  • Visited on Sunday (4 Jun 2017). Visitors can feed small elephants by buying sugar cane and peanuts. Only RM3 each. At about 2:15 pm, we watched how adult elephants taking their bath in the river and performing some simple acts on the stage. At end of the show, we were given papayas to feed the elephants. Fee entrance. Donate as you wish.
  • I previously went to the park as a visitor and was a volunteer, this place is amazing, I got to feed, train, wash and pat the elephants all 4 of the baby's as well as going to the 'big elephant area' to help feed and wash them. The elephants are well looked after being feed loads, going on 2 6h walks a day and the reason the move from side to side is beacause they shift their body weight from left to right as they get tired because they are soo heavy!