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Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
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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.
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DrKash
Manchester, UK76 contributions
May 2022 • Family
We visited this elephant sanctuary in May 2022 with our 3 kids (aged between 8-11yrs). We booked our guide Zali and he was amazing. His knowledge and love for all of the elephants was clear to see. Zali allowed us to have close contact with the elephants: we prepared their food, fed them with our hands and washed them. We managed to take some very close photos which will be great memories for us to treasure. The kids said at the end of the day "this was the best day of our holiday!" If you visit I would definitely recommend booking Zali for a personal tour, as otherwise you aren't able to get the hands on experience and need to see the elephants from a distance. Zali can contacted by phone or WhatsApp on 0060176162105
Written 25 May 2022
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Moosa
3 contributions
Feb. 2020
Why is this called a sanctuary? For god sake, most tourists want to see wildlife in their natural habitat or something as similar to that as possible, they do not want to see circus acts, or humans forcing a majestic wild animal like an elephant to entertain them. This sanctuary is not fit for the 21 st century. It needs a complete overhaul and be designed to put the elephants needs first not the staffs need to make money in any way they can. Use the grounds to let the elephants roam freely, just like many sanctuary already do and let tourists simply watch the animals. Honestly it all that most tourists want to do anyway, no riding on their backs, no stupid tricks and no whacking the elephants on the head for disobeying a command. Just let them the rest of their lives in a natural setting.

I will not go back to this place until it changes big time.
Written 13 December 2020
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GoPlaces51987645525
1 contribution
Sep. 2020
hot and deserted. Good day trip from Kuala Lumpur. Went because we were unable to travel overseas during this RMCO. nice exposure for my grandchild and to get her outdoors.
Written 29 September 2020
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19psm68
Atlanta, GA1 contribution
Sep. 2020 • Solo
Although it seems the elephants are in a much better place than they were, I was under the impression that this was a sanctuary, a place for them to heal. To have space and freedom away from people. People are still crowding around them, riding on their backs and using what they fear the most, the "Bullhook". Just more of the memories they can't forget.
The public can learn all about elephants without riding them. When will the elephants get to be elephants? For some, they just went from one job to another. Let them have some kind of natural life.
Where is Lasah?
Written 15 September 2020
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baghdadlian
Montreal, Canada3,282 contributions
Mar. 2020
We had booked our tickets on line with klook Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Kuala Lumpur with Fireflies Night Cruise & Seafood Dinner and we were picked up by a local company. We were the only 2 on the car because of decrease tourists due to Corona Virus. He was a really nice guy took us to two different spots one where they paint by hand and other was coffee sellers BUT this was for us to buy something and he gets percentage (Not to good)
At the elephant sanctuary we saw and fed elephants...saw them bathe and then did a little performance for us. This is not a sanctuary. We had complimentary lunch. Then he took us to see monkey then dinner at Restoran Qun Hua Kuala Selangor Seafood (it was ok) and then fireflies.
Written 28 March 2020
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Ronald L
Denver, CO2,338 contributions
Feb. 2020
Reached the Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Center around noon. Part of our tour from Kuala Lumpur. Also called Selamat Datang. Watched a movie before going out to view the elephants. We were able to feed the elephants and watch them getting a bath in the river. Then went to the stands and watched their trainers interact before we were offered photo opportunities.
Written 28 March 2020
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Springsunshinelorrie
Manila, Philippines12 contributions
Mar. 2020
**not a zoo. This is a place for displaced, ill, injured or orphaned elephants that need extra care and monitoring. Hence, they're kept in paddocks. This trip is not for sight-seeing, but for you to learn how to care for these lovely creatures. Basically, you're an elephant keeper for a day (see photos of my bathing 3-year-old Amoi and feeding 4-year-old Elly). That doesn't mean it's not fun, though (see our selfiewithelfie with Lepar). It was the best day ever (so far. Until my next visit haha)!**

Braved the Covid-19 outbreak just so I could see my elefriends again! This is my second visit with Mr. Zali in less than a year, but in between my first and second visit, I've been in touch with him. After he made me fall in love with the elephants, he'll never get rid of me haha. I will definitely plan another trip after this coronavirus shizz (which btw, is also affecting the food supply of the elephants huhu. I'm trying to figure out how to help them).

This visit, we were a group of five girls. Seeing as this is my second visit, I was able to brief my friends on what to expect (hard labor of love) and what to wear and bring. My tip: camera, a tripod, and a powerbank. You'll want to document the whole day! Wear sandals with Velcro. You'll find out why when you get there :D. I was already comfortable being face-to-face (or rather my hand in the mouth) with a much bigger, much heavier, much taller elephant. The elephants, especially Elly, also seemed to remember me...?! (or they just smell food on my hands haha).

The second time isn't any less magical, though. If anything, I'd say it's twice as amazing! There's so much more to learn from Mr. Zali about elephant care and rescue, and the future of the sanctuary. I wrote in my first review that it's an experience of a lifetime, but I'd say now this is not a once-in-a-lifetime thing. This is forever! It's impossible not to leave a piece of yourself with the eles.
Written 17 March 2020
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Mar. 2020
If your priority is animal welfare and conservation then I advise that you avoid this place. Don't go.

The marketing information promotes the centre as a place where elephants are given sanctuary and their work involves relocating elephants from the dangers posed by human activity. The marketing brochure was lovely.

First activity - video introduction to activity whereby wild elephants are sedated and moved by boat and truck away from human activity. The video seemed very old and dated, I wonder if any of the information is relevant to today.

Second activity - elephant 'show' with 3 adults. Picture elephants being ridden by keepers with bullhooks. Elephants being prodded to 'sway' for the crowds. Elephants bowing to the audience. Keepers climbing on and off the elephants.

Third activity - elephants taken down to the river. The elephants were prodded with the bullhooks to roll in the water and submerge. The keeper of one elephant was clearly prodding the elephant behind its ear with the wooden end of the bullhook in the water.

Lastly - buy cane bundles to feed the elephants in the enclosure area (young and old elephants).

Opportunity to 'bathe' the elephants was offered - this involves going into the river (the one that the elephants use as a toilet) and being splashed by the elephants whilst scrubbing their skin.

If you are interested in elephants, there are far better ways to interact and learn about these amazing creatures. I hope that this centre will begin to recognise that most overseas tourists no longer want to see wild animals trained to do tricks for money.
Written 17 March 2020
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Karin
Vienna, Austria5 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Solo
I visited the elephant sanctuary with wegowithanuar.com two days ago. The highlight was clearly feeding and bathing the elephants. Mira (our nature guide) was awesome and answered all my questions about the elephants and the relocation program. Luckily there were not many tourists that day so there was enough time to engage with the elephants.

Everybody was so kind and you could see and feel that the elephants are treated well. Also a big shout out to the team that made bathing with the elephant such a great experience ♡

Note: definitely bring a second set of clothes and a towel if you plan to participate in the bathing activity
Written 25 February 2020
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Muditayinfan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia9 contributions
Jan. 2020
Overall, a day trip to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is time well-spent. We got to get up close and personal with baby and adult elephants, and they are such gentle, sensitive animals! Opportunities to hand-feed the elephants with fruits provided was great, it's a hard-to-get experience. Elephants were NOT trained to perform tricks; what they "perform" was what they do in their natural environment - like how they turn sideways and immerse their body into the river when bathing, putting their trunks up as a sign of "thank you" - all these we got to see at Kuala Gandah. Don't miss the short, half hour video show, it's informative. Just an hour + road trip from Kuala Lumpur.
Written 21 February 2020
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