Wild Elephant Safari

Kedah, Malaysia

Biodiversity Business
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4 reviews
Duration: 3 days
Group size: 2 - 12
Wild Elephant Safari
Kedah, Malaysia

Biodiversity Business
  • Email address verified
4 reviews

Duration: 3 days
Group size: 2 - 12

About this trip

Rediscover nature! 

Get away from the city and stay in a forest where elephants roam. Experience nature up close in our hideaway ecolodge, located some 14km from civilization.  An undiscovered gem, Ulu Muda is one of the largest continuous forests in peninsular Malaysia 

We currently offer departures from Penang. From there, we can arrange a private transfer for you to the jetty. Then your jungle adventure will begin, as you travel up the Ulu Muda River in a traditional sampan boat for about an hour. You will stay at an eco-lodge in the area of Kuala Labua. The lodge also serves as a research station to help preserve this rich habitat and the services it provides.

You can stay a minimum of 2 nights or a maximum of 4 nights. All your activities will be accompanied by an experienced jungle guide and conservationist. The schedule of your activities can be adapted to your preference. 

Some of the activities you can experience include visits to salt licks, wildlife watching, swimming and frolicking in cold forest streams, tubing down the river, visiting a limestone hill and its mysterious caves, and watching birds and other wildlife. You can also just laze around the lodge grounds listening to nature's music and being awakened by the haunting call of the White-handed Gibbons.


All our rooms are twin rooms with a private bathroom (shower, modern toilet) and a charming balcony overlooking the jungle. The beds are traditional Malay style on a low platform with bedding provided. 

There are also larger rooms available that can serve as dormitories for up to 6 people (camp bed, sleeping bag, and air pillow provided).


All meals and snacks are provided by our local team, but you are welcome to bring your own food or nibbles to feel at home.

We can cater to vegetarians, vegans, and other dietary needs, but need advance notice. Please tell us when you book your trip.

Please note that we do not serve alcoholic drinks. Again, you are free to bring your own drinks and refreshments. 


What’s included

  • Boat transfer
    Boat ride (1 to 3 hours) from Ulu Muda jetty to the forest lodge. Life vest provided, remove footwear
  • All jungle activities
    Wildlife watching with expert guide, swimming, tubing, caving, birding, photography or relaxing at the lodge
  • Accommodation
    Twin room with private shower, sitting toilet and balcony. All bedding provided
  • All meals
    Meals and snacks provided. Vegetarian, vegan and other dietary needs catered for with advance notice.
  • Expert local guide
    Your guide is a local conservationist and wildlife photographer
  • Park entry permits
    We need passport copies of all group members (45 days in advance) to apply for the park permits

What’s not included

  • Transfer to jetty
    We can arrange for a transfer from and to Penang by private taxi
  • Airfares and airport tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & portage

Available Packages

Trip Price
Available until 14 days before departure
1,595 MYR
Deposit: 400 MYR

Available options

Extend your trip
300 MYR

You can extend your trip by one or two days: Rm300 per person/ per day 

1-2 pax - Transfer from Penang to Jetty
290 MYR

Add a pick-up in George Town or Penang Airport and transfer to the Ulu Muda jetty by private taxi  1-2 Pax

1-2 pax - Transfer from Jetty to Penang
290 MYR

Upon return to the Ulu Muda jetty ( 12 noon ), you can add a transfer by private taxi to a drop-off location in George Town or Penang Airport - 1-2 pax

3-4 pax - Transfer from Penang to Jetty
360 MYR

Add a pick-up in George Town or Penang Airport and transfer to the Ulu Muda jetty by private taxi - 3-4 Pax 

3-4 pax - Transfer from Jetty to Penang
360 MYR

Upon return to the Ulu Muda jetty ( 12 noon ), you can add a transfer by private taxi to a drop-off location in George Town or Penang Airport - 3-4 pax 

Single Room Supplement - 2 nights
319 MYR

 For single guests, the supplement is 20%: Rm 319 for 2 nights 

Single Room Supplement - 3 nights
379 MYR

 For single guests, the supplement is 20%: Rm 379 for 3 nights 

Single Room Supplement - 4 nights
459 MYR

  For single guests, the supplement is 20%: Rm 459 for 4 nights  


Experiencing the Wilds of Ulu Muda Forest

Meet at Lake Muda Jetty (12 noon)

Lunch at the Jetty

Boat ride to Earth Lodge at Kuala Labua (approx. 1 1/2hrs)

Briefing / Introduction

Tea and Settle in

Evening Boat Cruise

Free and easy


Your Organizer

Biodiversity Business
4 reviews
Biodiversity Business is a non-profit company that promotes conservation tourism through responsible wildlife holidays and volunteering. Our Mission is to help save endangered animals and their habitats. 'Malaysian Wildlife' is our program for volunteering and internships. You can view all our ethical wildlife experiences on biodiversitybusiness.com


Had a fantastic time here
By XIU TING C for Perhentian Turtle Volunteering (Discounted: LOCAL volunteer, 1 week) on Jun 19, 2024
Dear Xiu Ting, We a thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience on the Perhentian islands, especially since you so generously volunteered for both the turtle and the marine research. Thanks for all your support and keep caring for Malaysian Wildlife!
By Biodiversity Business on Jun 19, 2024
This is a life changing experience. The people who work at Batu Kapal are some of the nicest, kindest people I have ever met. Without getting too mystical, there is a purity here that is sadly missing in the Western world. Although diving in headlong to every activity can be tough it is so worth it - not just the opportunity to see orangutan, macaque, langurs, butterflies, birds, lizards etc but also the sense of community that is gained from working hard towards a common goal. I am 57 and managed! You will feel incredibly sweaty, hot, bitten and tired but you will also feel fulfilled, lucky, wondrous and joyful all at the same time. Book it now or at least donate to help buy the 5 missing hectares that will create a land corridor to the National Park and keep the orangutan here.
By Fern C for Sumatra Wildlife Volunteer on Mar 14, 2024
Dear Fern, Thanks so much for this glowing review. We are so happy that you found your volunteering visit to Batu Kapal so inspiring. You are right that this place is worth saving, not just because of the unique animals but also the amazing people in the local community. We will continue our efforts to help them protect the national park and the surrounding wildlife corridors!
By Biodiversity Business on Mar 14, 2024
This experience was overall more than I could’ve ever expected it to be. I volunteered with Batu Kapal as a research assistant, and was overjoyed to see orangutans daily and be welcomed by such a wonderful community of people. I will hopefully be back one day, living in the jungle was undoubtedly the best thing I have done throughout SE Asia.
By Riley P for Sumatra Orangutan Research Internship on Feb 09, 2024
My trip was amazing!! I learnt a lot about Wildlife. Cikananga center is located in a beautiful area. Everything is well organized. Barbara helped me prepare for it ( visa, vaccinations, transportation...) During my stay, the staff supported me with everything (activities, laundry, food...) The accommodation and facilities were comfortable. Highly recommended!!
By Elodie A for Java Wildlife Rescue - Volunteer on Jan 08, 2024