Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is located in Pahang at the fringe of Taman Negara and is the home of homeless elephants. It is dedicated to save the endangered Malaysian elephant but all this costs money and lots of it.At the sanctuary, visitors have the opportunity to not only see these powerful pachyderms, but also to interact with them.The...more
This is just about 3 km from Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary. There are many wild deer here. Other animals include 2 baby bears, 3 ostrich and 4 mousedeer, birds, monkeys and snakes.Entrance fee is about RM10.00 but we only paid RM5.00 each person.You can feed the animals and take photos with them.more
Kuala Gandah house about 11 elephants which are used in translocation process of wild elephants in problem areas throughout Peninsular Malaysia. This centre looks after orphaned elephants to ensure their continued survival.Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre in 1989 was established by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks .There is no...more
Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary is one of the most perfect places on earth, and not just because i was a volunteer there for a number of months, but because you actually get the chance, as a visiter to interact with an elephant, feed it, wash it and ride it. Mentopyan and Mawar (the two elephants you ride and wash) are both very friendly and Mawar...more
The restaurant doen't really have a name because it is just a cafe at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary.
It does however, serve Malaysian dishes including Nasi Goreng Ayam (chicken). The food is simple but very tasty.
Because this is a Muslim community, the food here is completely halal and there was no alcohol available.
There are a few ways to get to Kampong Lanchang which includes buses and taxis that leave regularly from KL's Puduraya bus station.
Our transport came as a part of a package deal, departing from our accommodation in KL, with MM Adventures to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary.
Because there was only myself and my two teenage kids we travelled there in Mike's gold Mercedes. Michael is the owner of MM Adventures and will use either a mini van or his own Merc depending on the tour numbers.
Lemang is a traditional food which is cooked over a wood fire in a hollowed bamboo stick lined with banana leaf to prevent the rice from sticking to the bamboo. It is made of glutinous rice and coconut milk, with salt added for taste. In kampung life, it was popular to prepare lemang in advance because it kept relatively well inside the bamboo...more
Before heading to Malaysia, I challenged my travel companions to take the durian taste test. They both agreed so on our return from the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary I asked Michael, the owner and our tour guide, if it would be possible to stop somewhere so that we could sample some fresh durian. Because it was in season, he agreed readily to...more
As it is in the middle of the jungle and is still very conservative, it is asked that if you would like to swim with the elephants a minimum of tshirt and shorts are worn. No Bikinis please! Bring a good one as you'll guarantee to take lots of pictures of the beautiful creatures...more
While searching the internet for tour operators in Malaysia to take me and my kids on day excursions I did find quite a few including MM Adventures.
I sent a number of emails to various operators to enquire about their tours and services. Some responded but most failed to adequately answer my many questions except for Michael.
After sending a lot of emails to Michael, the owner of MM Aventures, I made the decision to book three separate day trips from KL including White Water Rafting, Caving, the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary and the Fireflies at Kuala Selangor.
Michael even called me on the phone at home one Sunday morning to answer some of my many questions.
I made a wise choice in booking because Michael was generous with sharing his wealth of local knowledge and making it easy for us to experience local foods and customs of all the places we visited.
MM Adventure Services will definitely be my choice of tour operator when I return to Malaysia. Check out Michael's website, which he constructed, for the many tours available with MM Adventure Services.
Fondest memory: Michael made many impromptu stops to sample freshly cut fruits in season including the infamous king of fruits, the durian. As well as trying various roti breads with curry dipping sauces washed down with a hot teh tarik, an aerated tea sweetened with condensed milk.
We also made a stop at a roadside stall for some lemang , which is a traditional food cooked in a hollowed bamboo stick lined with banana leaf to prevent the rice from sticking to the bamboo. The bamboo is split while you wait and the moist, firm roll of rice is cut into bite sized pieces and then dipped in tasty sauces not unlike a rendang sauce.