Doodle Trip  took a short drive to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang for a day with Asian elephants. We fed and bathe elephants, and learnt a lot about these gentle creatures that are in danger of losing their habitat.

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Short drive from KL to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

It is only 1 hour 30 minutes away from KL. A short drive will take you to the village of Lanchang where the sanctuary is located. Aim to be there by noon or 1pm for the video screening. This is a recommended watch! It is a Nat Geo documentary about the translocation of wild elephants done in collaboration with the Centre. Lock in the address on your GPS app and you’ll be there in no time. It is the perfect weekend road trip destination. You will have a great time and for a good cause too!


Saving Asian elephants at Kuala Gandah 

The elephant sanctuary was established in 1989 and is managed by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks or Perhilitan. They care and provide shelter for orphaned elephants. Besides being a base for the Elephant Translocation Programme. The centre works hard to ensure that the number of these endangered elephants are not further decreased and promptly respond to calls for relocating elephants that have encroached into agricultural or residential areas. Over the years, more than 400 elephants have been relocated to protected forests like Taman Negara where it is safe for them to roam and feed. 


Up close with elephant and mahout

Up close with elephant and mahout

Volunteer at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

Many local and foreign visitors visit the sanctuary for a chance to get up close with the elephants. Close encounter with the elephants during feeding session, bathing in the river with them and also an informative show. You can also do more and get closer by taking part in the volunteering programme. It’s a full day programme, starting in the morning with volunteers cleaning the kennel and preparing food for the elephants. Then, spend the rest of the day feeding, interacting and bathing the elephants. It is a memorable and more importantly a learning experience for all. By volunteering, you are doing your part to save these gentle giants from extinction. Because the more you learn about them, easier it is for you to help spread the awareness and know what it takes to save them.


Visit their site for operating hours and activity schedule. If you want to go on the trip to Kuala Gandah with us, hit us up. We already have a Kuala Gandah Volunteer Trip ready if you’d like to join. The Conservation Centre worked closely with us to plan the itinerary, ensuring a great time for you and the elephants! 


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