Experience the Wild Nature of Ulu Muda
This Wild Elephant Safari will bring you 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 remote forest 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.
This forest lodge 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 Malaysian 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 Elephant Safari 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 the Forest Lodge at Kuala Labua, where your adventure starts..
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“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
HOW TO BOOK
The minimum age for this adventure is:
or for families with children of 13 years and above.
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- All Meals
- Expert Jungle Guide
- All project activities
- Flight fares
- Travel insurance
- Private transfers
- Visa costs
- Food/activities not included in the project
HOW TO BOOK
Your accommodation is at the forest 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!
All meals are included in the package. The food served is halal. We can cater for special diets such as vegetarian and vegan, but please provide adavance notice when you book. We do not serve any alcohol but we can obtain beers upon prior request at a reasonable charge. Again, you are welcome to bring your own.
HOW TO BOOK
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 team consists of passionate conservationists who aim 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. Along with its conservation partner WWF Malaysia, the team 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 their approach – ongoing talks are being held between stakeholders to gazette a portion of the area as a State Park.