Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary
||Kuala Gandah, Lanchang, 28500 Pahang, Malaysia
||+609 279 0391
The elephant sanctuary is located about 150km away, which is about 2-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.
It is one of the hidden gems in Pahang, near to Lanchang. It was set up in 1985 by the Department of
Wildlife and National Park and run by the Elephant Capture and Translocation Unit. It serves as an
educational and perseverance of endangered and protected elephant in Malaysia. It also takes in any
abandoned elephants, hence its name Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary.
It's open to public with no charges but if course donations are most welcome. It's a popular weekends
and school holiday destinations as there are other wildlife sanctuaries around here too. The most awaited
activity here is the elephant ride. You can also feed and bath the elephants by the river. There is also
a presentation to give a better understanding of elephants and the work done at the center. An important
fact I learned from the presentation is 'A full grown elephant can eat up to 225kg of food a day' Nearby
attractions include the Orang Asli Settlement and Deerland Park.
From Kuala Lumpur, take the Karak Highway and exit at Lancang. Once at Lancang, take a left
turn just right before a petrol station. Follow the signage to the elephant sanctuary. Before
arriving, you will pass by the Orang Asli Settlement.
Take sri Jengka Express bus from Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur to Bandar Jengka. Fromthere
take a taxi for the short journey to the sanctuary
KTM Berhad offers service to Bandat Jengka. From there take a taxi to
the elephant sanctuary.