Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Overview

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, located near Kuala Lumpur in Lanchang, is a one-of-a-kind sanctuary for endangered Malaysian elephants. It was founded in 1989 within the Krau Wildlife Reserve to raise and care for orphaned elephants. It is one of Peninsular Malaysia's best venues to interact with elephants in a variety of ways, such as feeding, greeting, and bathing.

The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, which is located within the Krau Wildlife Reserve, was established in 1989 by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks as an Elephant Capture and Translocation Unit. It is used as a translocation center for orphaned and lost elephants spotted by their relocation crew. Aside from that, the center tries to raise public awareness and support for elephant conservation by educating the public.\

The visitors can also see the elephants at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Center twice a day without causing them any discomfort. The tour of the sanctuary begins with a documentary video that gives visitors a greater knowledge of the work done at the center and the rangers' responsibilities. Following the screening of the movie, they will also get the opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants.

It's fun to see elephants being fed and bathed in a nearby river, but feeding and bathing baby elephants on your own under the supervision of their mahout takes it to a whole new level. Prepare to be soaked since these naughty elephants adore sprinkling water on everybody around, but it is a memorable experience that will leave everyone enthralled. 

The sanctuary does not charge an entry fee, but they do take donations for the care of the elephants. You can also support them by purchasing elephant food or souvenirs from them. If you wish to participate in elephant bathing, you must first register and pay a nominal charge. The Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Center is a must-see for anybody visiting Kuala Lumpur for having some unique and thrilling experiences!

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• Tour the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary (National Elephant Conservation Center) on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur to witness endangered Malaysian elephants.
• Discover about orphaned elephant conservation efforts at this Malaysian Wildlife Society-managed center, which was established in 1989 within the Krau Wildlife Reserve.
• Meet and feed the elephants from close, which are undoubtedly incredible experiences, especially for kids.
• Watch the National Geographic Video documentary on elephant translocation activity and understand about the sanctuary's operations.
• Donate some necessary supplies or money (if possible) to support these conservation efforts and play some role in the protection of the threatened species.
• Bathe baby elephants in a small stream with the help of their mahouts and experience some unforgettable moments.
• Take in the grandeur of the beautiful sceneries and capture some unforgettable experiences with elephants.
• Attend an Elephant conservation discussion at the interpretative stage and get introduced to each elephant relocated by the team.

How To Reach

By Car/Taxi: Take a taxi or rent a car to drive to the elephant sanctuary located between Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan in the eastern peninsula along the East Coast Expressway. Take exit 816 Lanchang Interchange from the main highway and follow the instructions to Kuala Gandah.

By Bus: Take a bus from the Pekeliling Bus Station to Lanchang, then take a taxi from there to the sanctuary.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is from May to July and December to February. This time of year, the weather is most suited for travelers, with comfortable temperatures and a reduced likelihood of rainfalls. Also, visit early in the morning on weekdays to avoid crowds and explore the sanctuary in a pleasant climate.

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Other Essential Information

Activities Schedule 

10.30 am – 12.00 pm: Elephant observation along the interpretive trail 

Visitors can see baby elephants walking freely within an fencing area. 

1.00 pm and 1.30 pm: Documentary Video

A documentary depicts how the sanctuary and its staff are assisting in the relocation of orphaned elephants to other habitats. 

2.15 pm: Bathing of elephants by mahouts

Under the supervision of the mahouts, visitors can watch or assist in elephant bathing. 

2.45 pm – 3.15 pm: Elephant conservation talks at interpretive stage

Each translocated elephant is introduced to visitors and informed about their backgrounds and abilities.

Video timetable

The condition of wild elephants is explained in a video produced at the center in 1996 in collaboration with National Geographic.

Monday to Thursday: 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm

Friday: 1.00 pm, 1.30 pm, and 2.00 pm

Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays: 12.50 pm, 1.30 pm, and 3.45 pm

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Tips to Visit

  • Bring a hat/scarf, sunglasses, and sunscreen lotion to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Carry mosquito repellent to keep the annoying insects at bay.
  • To stay hydrated during the tour, bring at least two water bottles.
  • Since the excursion will require a lot of walking, dress comfortably and wear athletic shoes.
  • Keep a swimsuit and a change of clothes on hand (if interested in elephant bathing).
  • Keep an eye on your youngsters at all times during the tour for their safety.
  • Be cautious and responsible when exploring the sanctuary and feeding or bathing elephants.
  • Donate if you can to help conserve these massive elephants, which are near extinction in Malaysia.

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Point of Interest for Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
Meet and Feed the Elephants

Meet and Feed the Elephants

Visitors to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary can get up close and personal with elephants while also feeding them food purchased from the on-site feed shop. You will be awestruck when you observe these massive creatures up close, caress them, and feed them.

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Bathe Elephants

Bathe Elephants

If you want to have the most memorable experience of your trip to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary trip, register yourself for the bathing elephant activity. However, there is no entry fee for the sanctuary, they charge a nominal fee for this activity. You will get the chance to bathe baby elephants in a small stream, and the experience will undoubtedly enchant you. This activity depends on the weather and the water level of the stream.

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Elephant Show

Elephant Show

The elephant handlers bring the elephants to an open location after morning excursions in the nearby bush. These animals can be seen there performing extraordinary tasks such as balancing or acting in a show. It's fascinating to watch these massive animals perform and follow simple commands in the show.

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Learn about Elephant Conservation

Learn about Elephant Conservation

After arriving at the sanctuary, you'll be shown a short movie about the sanctuary's elephant conservation efforts. The movie explains why protecting wild elephants is extremely important for the environment and the efforts put by the sanctuary and their team for the conservation of Malaysian elephants, which are near to extinction. 

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Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Reviews

Varsh S
Reviewed: 04 Aug 2022
All thanks to Thrillophilia, we had one of our favorite sightseeing tour experiences in Kuala Lumpur. The tour started with a visit to the beautiful Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. After a day spent here, we had a scrumptious seafood lunch, which was again followed up by a fantastic river cruise wi... Read More
Ekaaksh Tagore
Reviewed: 18 May 2022
On our trip to Kuala Lumpur, I had booked tickets to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary for me and my family. However, this tour also included a night cruise with seafood dinner. Thrillophilia’s team ensured constant communication throughout. Thanks to them, we could spend the day seeing and playin... Read More
Gurdev Acharya
Reviewed: 29 Apr 2022
We booked the tickets for this tour from Thrillophilia & The excursion began with a stop to the lovely Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. We enjoyed a delicious seafood meal after spending the day here, which was again followed by an amazing river trip with fireflies.

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