Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
Many foreign visitors coming to Kuala Lumpur like to visit tropical forest more than the concrete jungle. So when we brought Christine’s French buddies to eat Durian at Raub, the real destination was visiting the famous Elephant Sanctuary at Kuala Gandah, Pahang.
The sanctuary welcome tourists and arrange two shows daily (morning and afternoon). There were 3 main activities in each session:
1) feeding the elephants
2) elephant ride without saddle (wearing short was the best to feel the rough hair and skin of the elephant with your thigh)
3) bathing with elephants in the river (floating with elephant dunks)
Fred, Chloe and Axelle were on the foreground. I went down and got fully wet with many other visitors. You could see most of the Malaysia will be on shore.
Nadege and Axelle were riding on an elephant while other visitors cheering and pouring water onto them. Luckily I brought the spilled proof Olympus E-5 to take the close shot (notice the amount of water splashing onto the camera. Other SLR photographers have to stay on the dry land (YES! E-5 had survived the Indian desert trip and now the wet splash).
If you are visiting the sanctuary, remember to bring another set of dry clothing. There was shower facility in the compound. It is also good idea to bring some snack for picnic in case the queue for the shower gets very long.
I enjoyed the visit although the tropical sun could be unforgiving (so bring your sun block and big hat).
Entrance to the sanctuary is free but it is recommended to give some donations as support to the sanctuary. Many orphan elephants have been brought to this centre for shelter. Do care for our nature and fellow animals sharing the same mother earth.