After the last few weeks being spent in cities like Singapore, Melaka, and Kuala Lumpur, we wanted to do something a little different. Initially we though that a trip over to Indonesia would be good. A jungle trek to see the Orangutangs is something we definitely want to do in our lifetime, however while walking around Chinatown, we stopped at many tour agents offering tons of tour packages. Anything from one day to four day tours. We asked for a few brochures and we spent some time looking through the different options. Although there were a number of tour companies to choose from, we did our research and decided that Han Travel was the one to go with. The agents at the Chinatown Han Travel office were very friendly. We had debated whether to take a tour, or go to the jungle ourselves. Paying for a tour is rather pricey, but then everything would be sorted for us, and we would have the opportunity to meet people. We asked the agents whether we would be with a big group of people, and they said that they are always about 12-15 people leaving everyday.
With this information, and the fact that we wouldn’t need to think about booking accommodation, buses, park entry permits, etc, we decided to book the Jumbo Tour with Han Travel. It cost 560 ringgit ($176, or R1,500) for each of us, and this included three days and two nights of adventure 🙂
We put a lot of thought into this because we knew that we could do this trip a lot cheaper by ourselves. We had be aching to socialize so paying more for an organized tour where we could possibly meet some new friends (like we did in Ha Long Bay) would be worth the extra expense.
On Friday morning, we got up early, and checked out of our hotel. Our tour bus was already waiting outside for us. We were the first ones to be picked up, so we were interested to see who else would be joining us as we made our way to further hotels. The next stop was a very fancy hotel where we picked up a young traveler named Jan, from Germany. He was only about 21 years old, and his parents had paid for him to go on a long trip through Asia. Lucky boy! The excitement stopped there, and we were very disappointed to find out that there would only be three of us on this three day tour.
After chatting to Jan for a few minutes we found out that he had only booked a one day tour to Deerland and the Elephant Sanctuary. So, that meant that it was only Justin and I on this tour. Can you believe that?? Two people on a three day group tour! Ha, funny!!
We got stuck in heavy traffic and this made the driver nervous. We could tell that he was on a strict schedule and he had to get us to certain places by predetermined times. Instead of heading to Deerland first (as planned), we were taken to lunch. This was included in the tour package price.
We stopped at this local restaurant for a something to drink and eat.
Iced Coffee for Catherine
We felt wonky after the twisty roads we just drove through. The driver must have tried to take some back roads to avoid the awful traffic jam. He mumbled as he drove, and we could tell that he was stressed out.
Lunch: Fried rice and chicken
After lunch we were taken to the National Elephant Conservation Centre, Kuala Gandah. We were excited to see, and touch, some elephants! Justin had never been very close to one before, so this would be his first experience touching an elephant.
There seemed to be some interesting displays and information in the centre, however we were quickly hurried into a cinema type area where we had already missed the first 20 minutes of a documentray video. It was about Elephants they have been rescued and transported to the sanctuary for rehabilitation.
We found it very insightful.
According to our tour info, we were supposed to bath, feed, and ride elephants after the documentary. However, with little information given by the driver, we were hurried back to the tour bus. He then took us back on the road. Where to? We had no idea. His English wasn’t great, and he wasn’t too friendly. Oh well, we thought, let’s just go with it!!
About 15 minutes later we arrived at Deerland. It was safe to assume that our schedule for the day had been rearranged. We didn’t mind. We followed our driver through a green forest-like area.
This way to the deers. A friendly man handed us each a bowl of fresh vegetables cut into strips.
Oh man, the deers were so cute!!!
They definitely knew that we came bearing food.
The deer enclosure looked nice. I don’t know how far the forested areas goes, but it looked like a nice area for the deer to live in.
They are such gentle animals.
Are you sticking your tongue out at me???
Feeding the baby
Boys will be boys!
Next to the deer enclosure was an area for the ostriches.
This big guy seemed quite calm. In South Africa, they like to move their head slowly towards you, and then suddenly peck your face. haha… this guy was laid back!
We walked around the park and view a number of different birds and small animals.
This bird was very interesting. She could jump very high in one verticital bounce.
There she goes.
We were given bird seed for these cute little ones.
It tickled when they pecked at the food.
Here I am holding a big python.
This snake was very heavy, I could barely keep him from slithering off me…
But I think he liked Justin!
Next feeding… Bunnies.
I enjoyed feeding these cute little bunnies.
I believe that this park has Sun Bears too, but we didn’t see any, perhaps because we were late. There was no time to walk around after that… we were quickly hurried back to the tour bus. This is a great place for families. I think that kids would really enjoy feeding, and touching, all the animals.