Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary


The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Malaysia offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience the beauty and majesty of elephants up close. Privately organised, no hidden cost

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The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is a conservation and rehabilitation center for elephants located in Malaysia. The center was established in 1989 by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks to provide a safe haven for elephants displaced by development.

At the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary, visitors can learn about the conservation efforts being undertaken to protect elephants and even get the chance to interact with these majestic animals. This may include feeding the elephants, cleaning the elephant, and even bathing with one of these gentle giants.

In addition to providing a home for displaced elephants, the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary also conducts research on elephant behavior and works to educate Malaysian about the importance of protecting these animals. The center also offers several programs, including the “Elephant Relocation Team,” which helps relocate elephants from human-elephant conflict areas to protected areas.

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Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour Itinerary

As an independent Malaysia private tour guide operator, we regularly review our tour itineraries to ensure they align with current developments. For this reason, we recommend that tourists interested in booking an elephant tour must contact us before making any reservations.

  • Tour Duration: 8 hours
  • Privately organized
  • 0900am Pickup from Hotel
  • Visiting Batu Caves
  • Travel to Kuala Gandah Pahang
  • Registration
  • Simple lunch
  • Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary activities
    • Video presentation about elephant translocation
    • Meet and greet nature guide
    • Feeding the elephant
    • The educational tour with a nature guide includes explaining the Malaysian elephant, preparing the food, and cleaning the elephant.
    • Elephant demonstration
  • Return to Kuala Lumpur

Visiting Batu caves

We begin the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary tour by visiting Batu Caves. The caves are a series of limestone formations formed over 400 million years and are home to several Hindu shrines and temples.

A tour of the Batu Caves typically begins at the entrance, where visitors can climb a 272 steep flight of stairs to reach the upper caves. Visitors can explore the caves at the top of the stairs and see the various shrines and temples inside.

The upper cave, the largest of the caves covering 250 meters long, is home to several Hindu shrines and statues. The temple cave is also home to several macaque monkeys, a common sight in the caves.

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Batu Caves Temple

Educational Tour with Nature Guide

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Educational tour with a nature guide in Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary

A local nature guide in Malaysia elephant sanctuary will conduct the educational tour for you. The experience begins with a brief educational session on the history and conservation efforts of the sanctuary.

Visitors are then taken to the elephant enclosure, where they are introduced to the baby elephants and given instructions on interacting with them appropriately. The sanctuary also offers other activities, such as feeding and cleaning the baby elephant in the enclosure. If you are lucky, you will be selected to feed the infant with bottled milk, providing a fun and memorable feeding experience.

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Bathe with Baby Elephants

The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary offers a unique experience for visitors, including the opportunity to bathe with baby elephants in shallow rivers. Once in the water, visitors can help wash and scrub the baby elephants, all under the close supervision of an experienced nature guide. The baby elephants are playful and curious, often splashing and playing in the water.

The number of visitors allowed to participate in the baby elephant bath experience at the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary is limited to 80 per day on a first-come, first-served basis to prevent stress on the elephants. Please note that the sanctuary reserves the right to cancel the program at any time without notice.

Please note that the bathing with baby elephant activity is currently unavailable until further notice.

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Bathe with a baby elephant

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour Package


  • All transportation charges
  • Local lunch + soft drink or juice
  • Nature guide fees
  • All entrance charges, as in the tour program


  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcohol Beverage


Why is your Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary package much higher than others?

Comparing our prices with the popular international tour booking platforms is about 20% cheaper because booking platforms take 20% commission. It is slightly higher than the local operator because

  1. We have no hidden cost policy. The prices shown are the net prices. No additional cost tourists need to pay during the tour except for personal expenses or any additional activities tourists like to add not listed in the tour activities.
  2. Educational tour in Malaysia elephant sanctuary has a few packages. The packages we get for our customer allows our customer to enter restricted areas. The prices are much higher, but it is worth every penny you pay.

How do I get to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary?

The best way to visit the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary is by hiring a private tour guide or taxi. Taking public transportation, such as a bus, is time-consuming, and tourists might miss a few activities in the sanctuary. The conservation center has designated operating hours; all activities are part of the elephant’s daily training.

Where can I see elephants in Malaysia?

The most convenient way to see elephants in Malaysia is to visit the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre in Pahang. The conservation center is managed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN). The center offers educational tours where visitors can observe the elephants and learn about their conservation and care.


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