Our first Elephant Ride
Our tour guide raced us back to the Elephant Sanctuary after we had spent some time feeding and touching the animals at Deerland. This was definitely the part of the day that we were most looking forward to. Beside both loving these magnificent animals, we were excited to feed, ride, and bathe elephants.
Elephant Sanctuary, Kuala Gandah
We were each given a sticker to wear on our shirts. Even though we were told that we could do Elephant bathing, it later turned out that this was no longer in the line up for the day. Due to excess of rain, the river levels were too high, so we could not bath the elephants.
We followed the driver…
As soon as we saw the elephants, I became excited immediately. Like a child, I just wanted to run up to them to touch them. There was a big stage and 5 elephants were doing demonstrations for the audience. The head trainer told us about the jobs that the elephants perform, and how they help to maintain their own sanctuary.
Cute. Look at him scratching his back leg with his other leg.
Getting up is slow when you’re this size.
Next we got a turn to feed the elephants slices of papaya, and bamboo.
I love this shot of Justin’s hand almost completely in the elephants mouth!!
A baby elephant.
We were disappointed about not being able to bathe the elephants, but we got to have a ride on one of them, so we were still very happy. We were allocated a platform number to line up next to. The sun was baking down on us at the point, and we were starting to feel a bit overexposed. Perhaps it was the long drive that morning, and then the standing in the direct sunlight while we watching the elephant show.
We could get onto the elephants in twos or threes. I think Jan managed to get his own elephant but Justin and I were happy to share this experience on one elephant.
Photo-bombed by Jan.
It was exciting standing on the platform. Besides the relief of the shade, we got to see the elephants at eye level, and they look so beautiful.
Here we are climbing from the platform onto our elephant.
And we’re on!!!
Our driver took one of our cameras and he got some great shots of us. Like the one above.
It’s a long way down if you fall from the elephant’s back!
It wasn’t a long walk, but we enjoyed it nonetheless!!
There we are again… 🙂
Once we were done, I snuck around to the beginning of the elephant walkway to see them walk by a few times.
From what we saw, this sanctuary is pretty decent.
We went to see one of the youngest elephants. Look at his rubbery little foot – Cute!
He was eating, but I’m pretty sure that he does this all day long 🙂
We left the park and headed back to the tour bus.
We didn’t quite know what was happening next, but according to our schedule, we were meant to be taken to a town where we would transfer to Taman Negara (the jungle). Those who had taken this tour, but opted out of the Elephant Sanctuary and Deerland, had been on a boat all day. I sure all glad we chose this option because I really enjoyed it.
While we waiting for further info, we relaxed in the back on the tour bus. There wasn’t much shade, but our driver gave us some ice cold water, so we took a few moments to chill. After a few minutes Jan was told to get on another bus, well, there was a grunt and pointing at another bus. We could only guess that meant it was time for him to go. We got back into our bus, now all alone, and settled in for a drive…
Who knows how long?!
Who knows where we were going?!
Who cares?… We didn’t, we were having a great day!!