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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  • August 16, 2017
    We went to visit the sanctuary independently , and were chosen by Zali to help with the baby elephants. My two sons got to get up close with the elephants, hose them down, clean up the cages and prepa...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Went on this trip for a day with a trip to the Batu Caves included. The best parts of this experience was when we got to go in the river and help to wash the baby elephants. They seemed to be really e...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Great activity not to be missed. my kids loved it especially the opportunity to swim with the elephants.
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  • August 25, 2017
    It was fun feeding the elephants but that's all it was. The waterlevel was too high to bath with the baby elephants so there wasn't much to do except feeding them and that doesn't take a whole day ;) The show wasn't good, nothing to look at really and you could in hear a word of what they screamed in the microphone. I'm happy that we did this as a part of a tour cause if this would've been a one day activity I would have been disappointed.
  • September 6, 2017
    Worth every penny! You learn of the amazing work they do in conservation and get to bathe baby elephants! Get there early if you want to bathe the elephants as only a few groups can do this each day
  • July 10, 2017
    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.
  • June 11, 2017
    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.
  • July 12, 2017
    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

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