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Experience the Wild Nature of Ulu Muda

Travel to the depths of the tropical rainforest to encounter the herds of wild Asian elephants that roam in the jungle. You will be in the company of an outstanding guide and conservationist and staying at a unique base, Earthlodge: a remote ecolodge, only accessible by boat, and nestled among the high trees on the bank of a river. Forget about TV, Wifi. This is the real thing to get back in touch with nature and enjoy the abundant wildlife, such as elephants, big cats, deer, wild boar.

Earthlodge supports the conservation of Malaysian elephants, but they are best observed at a distance and with an expert guide, as you can see from this elephant encounter by MEME (Management & Ecology of Malayian Elephants).

Ulu Muda Forest Reserve

Located at the eastern frontier of Kedah, bordering the Thai province of Yala, the Ulu Muda is a 163,000ha lowland dipterocarp forest amd home to most of Malaysia’s large mammals. You will find about 321 species of birds including all 10 Hornbill species found in Malaysia including the very rare and globally threatened Plainpouched Hornbill.

Your wild journey starts at the Muda Lake Jetty some 150km from Georgetown, Penang. After, you will take a ride on a traditional long-tailed wooden boat to Earth Lodge at Kuala Labua, where your adventure starts..

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ECO TRAVEL ACTIVITIES:

♥ WILD ELEPHANT WATCHING
♥ EXPLORE CAVES
♥ VISIT TO HOT SPRING SALTLICK

From £245*or  € 285*

or Rm 1,330  for 3 days & 2 nights

• INCLUDES EXPERT JUNGLE GUIDE, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND ALL ACTIVITIES
• MINIMUM AGE: 18 and above
• DURATION:  3 – 5 days
• MINIMUM PAX: 2

A welcome comfort amidst the raw jungle. Great place to rest your feet after a long day of trailblazing, or just stay there and enjoy the jungle residents who are actually quite close by.” – Jason Nicholas

Itinerary

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur to Penang
Depart from Kuala Lumpur * and travel North (about 5 hours by car) to Penang, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. Your guide will meet you and provide an introduction and preparation for your jungle safari.

Day 2: Georgetown, Penang
Leisure in Georgetown, where you can enjoy the historical sights of its UNESCO World heritage. It is also the food capital of Malaysia, because of its diverse mix of ethnic Chinese, Nyonya, Malay, Indian and Thai cuisine.

Day 3: Travel to Ulu Muda
Your guide will take you 150 km overland to Muda Lake in the state of Kedah, which borders Thailand. From the Muda Lake jetty, you will travel by a local wooden boat (sampan) into the rainforest to your accommodation. The Earth Lodge is situated at the Ulu Muda Field Research Center, which conducts field research for the protection and better management of the 160,000 hectares of the greater Ulu Muda forest reserve area.

Day 4 & 5: Experience Ulu Muda
At Earthlodge, everything is tailored to your level of interest and fitness. Elephants are likely to be found at the 15 saltlicks in the area, which can be reached by jungle trekking for the more active guests, or by river cruise for those who prefer a more leisurely pace. Other possible activities include overnight camping, caving in the nearby limestone caves, swimming, rafting or just lazing by the river.

Day 6: Ulu Muda to Kuala Lumpur
Return to Muda jetty by boat and then by car to Kuala Lumpur (about 5 hours) via the PLUS highway.

All our travel offers have Kuala Lumpur as starting point, but this can be adjusted to other locations in Malaysia.
The travel package starting point is at the Earth Lodge. However, we can arrange transfer from Penang to the Earth Lodge. We will tell you the amount you need to pay beforehand so that there’s no dispute.

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All year round. Please contact us to check date availability.

MINIMUM AGE FOR THIS PROJECT: 18 years

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TRAVEL PACKAGE PRICING - DISCOUNTED 2020 PRICES

4 Days & 3 Nights
RM1,895

Equivalent to:

£349*

€406*

$450*

5 Days & 4 Nights
RM2,195

Equivalent to:

£404*

€470*

$521*

All prices are in Rm Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), so please use the currency converter to know the exact price in your own currency.

Exchange Rate

Exchange Rate: MYR

Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Expert Jungle Guide
  • All project activities

Excludes:

  • Flight fares
  • Travel insurance
  • Private transfers
  • Visa costs
  • Food/activities not included in the project

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Accommodation

Your accommodation will be at the Earth Lodge, where there are eight twin rooms and three 6-bed dorms available for guests. All with a balcony and bathroom attached. You will be provided with camp beds, sleeping bags and air pillows in dorms. You are welcome to bring your own sleeping gear if you prefer. All beddings will be provided in our standard rooms. The area can be cool at night and is usually comfortable to sleep. Although we do have fans in all the rooms and dorms if you prefer.

We are totally off the grid, hence our electricity is supplied via a small generator. We also have a small solar system to power our dining area and kitchen. Nevertheless, it always pays to be prepared by bringing along a torch/flashlight or two. We will provide lamps if necessary.

Toilets are of the flushable sitting type and are attached to all rooms and dorms (en suite). We do not provide any toiletries like soaps and shampoos nor do we provide towels. 

There is no landline, mobile signal or internet access at Earth Lodge. We like to think that this is one of the nice side benefits of being smack in the middle of the jungle!

Food

All meals are included in the package. 

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Successes to date…

Ulu Muda is one of the least known and studied areas, which is mega-rich in wildlife, including Elephants, Tapirs, Rhinoceros, Tigers, Leopards and Gaurs. Also, it is one of the few areas that contain lowland tropical forest in the Malay Peninsula – most have been cleared for agriculture and livestock grazing. Therefore, much more needs to be done to learn about the area’s biodiversity.

The Earth Lodge is a small ecolodge that aims to help raise awareness of the significance of Ulu Muda, while also striving to have low environmental footprint and practice ecotourism principles. Additionally, it is also the base for the Ulu Muda Field Research Center. The Earth Lodge along with its conservation partner WWF Malaysia, has been actively engaging with the Kedah State Government and the Malaysian Federal Government to recognize and class Ulu Muda as a designated protected area under appropriate legislation. So far, the state has been positive to the Earth Lodge’s approach – ongoing talks are being held between stakeholders to gazette a portion of the area as a State Park.

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