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Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Featured

"Join the daily activities like riding the elephants and bathing with the elephant in the river."

National Elephant Conservation Centre, Kuala Gandah was initially never meant for tourism, but due to its popularity and the relentless efforts of various authorities and organizations to help conserve the Malayan elephant population, the place has now become entrenched in Pahang's tourism map.

A visit to Kuala Gandah is an opportunity not to be missed, given the hands-on experience allowed for visitors.

The Center is open daily from 10am-4:45pm (closed on major public holidays), and visitors are encouraged to come between 1-4pm to join the daily activities like riding the elephants and bathing with the elephant in the river nearby. Bathing in the river will be a special activity for those who like the pachyderms but please be prepared to change your clothing!


Getting there

By Road:

Situated about 16 km. from a small town of Lancang, the Elephant Sanctuary at Kuala Gandah is easily accessible by road. From Kuala Lumpur take the East Coast Highway and exit at Lanchang. After the toll turn right at the T junction then proceed straight to the place. From Kuantan take the same highway toward Kuala Lumpur and exit at Lanchang then go on straight to Kuala Gandah. The duration of your journey from Kuala Lumpur/Kuantan will be about two hours. Local bus leave Temerloh/Bentong to Lanchang regularly and from there hire a taxi to Kuala Gandah.


From Kuala Lumpur/Johor Bharu/Pasir Mas you could chose to travel by train and stop at Mentakab. From there about 40 minutes by taxi to Kuala Gandah.

If you are coming by bus, the nearest major town will be Karak town (if you are from Kuala Lumpur). You can stop at Temerloh (if you are from Kuantan or Taman Negara); from there, take a local bus to Lanchang and chartered taxi from there.

Useful Information

Contact Info:

Elephant Sanctuary Wildlife Department
+ Tel: 609-279 0391


Bio-Diversity Institute
+ Tel: 609-279 0450


+ Tel: 6013-967 6242


Orang Asli Department
+ Tel: 609-296 1575


Police Station
+ Tel: 609-280 3222


Health Centre
+ Tel: 609-280 3233


Bus Station
+ Tel: 609-296 5184


Taxi Station
+ Tel: 609-296 1812


Railway Station
+ Tel: 609-277 1002


The operating hours for the conservation centre are :

12pm – 4.45pm

Weekends and public holidays:
10am – 4.45pm



Things to do


Bukit Rengit Waterfall

Bio-Diversity Institute

Orang Asli Settlement

Video Presentation on Elephant Resque



Elephant Riding, Feeding and Bathing