Just 1.5 hours from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang state is a rare and fantastic opportunity to get to know endemic Malaysian elephants.
Established in 1989, this is the headquarters for the Elephant Relocation Team of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, who have been helping relocate displaced elephants from across Southeast Asia since 1974.
For the brave and adventurous, there are opportunities to take the elephants down to the river and help give them a bath. There really is no better opportunity than this to get up close and personal these grey giants.
The centre also carries out research and public awareness activities related to elephant translocation and conservation. Visitors are encouraged to view a video presentation on elephant translocation activity filmed in 1996 together with National Geographic at the centre.
A scheduled visitors programme is available and may be referred to under “Visitor Timetable” below.
Opening hours & visitor timetable
The centre is open to visitors throughout the year. Upon request, special programmes can be arranged for school groups.
|10.30 am – 12.00 pm||Elephant observation along the interpretive trail. Visitors may observe young elephants roaming freely within an electric fencing area.|
|1.00 pm & 1.30 pm||Video show. A documentary shows the translocation of wild elephants to their new habitat.|
|2.15 pm||Bathing and cleaning of elephants by mahouts (elephant guides). Visitors may watch or take part in elephant bathing given by the mahouts with explanations by staff.|
|2.45 pm – 3.15 pm||Elephant conservation talks at interpretive stage. Visitors are introduced to each elephant including their background and abilities. Note: Please be informed that there are no elephant rides provided in this centre.|
A video filmed at the centre in 1996 together with National Geographic explains the plight of wild elephants.
|Monday – Thursday||First show : 1.00 pm Second show : 1.30 pm Third show : 2.00 pm ( Friday only)|
|Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays||First show : 12.30 pm Second show : 1.00 pm Third show : 1.30 pm|
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How to get to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
Ample parking facilities are available at Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre, situated about 15 km from Lanchang town within Temerloh district, Pahang.
Temerloh is about 200 km from Kuala Lumpur. From Kuala Lumpur, take the Karak Highway, turn left into Lanchang and turn right into Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre.
KTM Bhd provides service to Bandar Jengka and Jerantut.
Board the bus heading for Mentakab and Temerloh and ask the ticket counter and inform the bus driver for a drop-off at Lanchang. From Lanchang town, hire a taxi to the Elephant Centre. Take the early bus in time for the first feed at 10.00am or second feed at 2.00pm.
- Temerloh KL Express – Kuala Lumpur (Pekeliling Bus Station) to Lanchang via Karak Highway. Daily times: Every hour from 7.00am to 6.00pm.
- Sri Jengka Express – Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Tun Razak) to Bandar Jengka;
- Kuantan to Bandar Jengka;
- Kota Baru to Bandar Jengka; and
- Alor Star to Bandar Jengka.