Get drenched in whitewater rafting on Jeram Besu’s wild rapids, pay the elephants at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary a visit, zip along the incline of Jeram Besu river on the Flying Fox, and take on the challenge of abseiling down a 3-storey high wall.
Jeram Besu river has Class 1 to 3 rapids that promise to give any rafter, regardless of whether they’re a beginner or a veteran at the sport, a splashing good time on its waters. Widely considered by both Malaysians and Singaporeans to be one of the best white water rafting spots in the country, rafters will travel all the way from their home state or from the neighbouring country just to take their rafts out on Jeram Besu’s river. While you’re excited to hit the water with your raft upon seeing the rapids, you will have to undergo the mandatory water confidence course.
This course is meant to build up your confidence in the rushing water so that you will be able to navigate the rapids to the best of your abilities. You will be taught how to float, sit and paddle, and how to handle a capsize against the strong currents. There is also a “man overboard” activity where you are expected to jump off an edge into a part of the river called the “Mother Rapids”, which as by its name suggests, the mother of all rapids (at least along this river). It’s sure to have you resurfacing with adrenaline coursing through your veins, perfect for giving you that boost on your white water rafting.
A visit to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in on your itinerary for this trip. The Sanctuary is home to Asian elephants and calves, some of which are orphans, who have been located and subdued for rehabilitation and translocation. These elephants have had their habitats destroyed by development and require the help of the sanctuary team to curb the decline of the elephant population. Over 700 elephants have passed through the sanctuary and found new and better homes thanks to the efforts of the team.
The sanctuary also carries out public awareness activities to help educate the general Malaysian public on how the elephants are affected by development as well as what can be done to help them. Besides rehabilitation, the elephants here also undergo training in aiding the sanctuary team with translocation efforts. You can feed these clever elephants bananas and sugarcanes bought from the sanctuary, as well as enjoy a bath time with the adorable calves in a river.
An Orang Asli village lies just a distance away from the sanctuary. It is the home to some Che Wong families, Che Wong being one of the original nineteen Orang Asli groups found in Peninsular Malaysia. Their humble homes are usually made of Nipah, rattan, wood or bamboo, which they acquire from the nearby jungles. Che Wong is usually hunters or farmers, therefore living close to nature as they hunt in the forests or cultivate rice and tobacco.
The Flying Fox is a modern, leisurely version of zip-lining which in the past was used for transportation of goods and people across hard-to-reach areas such as thick rainforests on an incline. This Flying Fox runs down the incline of Jeram Besu river, which you will zip down in a harness attached to a pulley suspended on a cable. All you have to do is climb up to a stage attached to a tall tree which serves as the beginning point, give your equipment one last check, and you’re good to go! Enjoy the brief airtime that allows you to view the river and the canopies of the forests from above.
Abseiling is an activity that would require a little more effort on your part compared to the Flying Fox. The name of the sport stems from the German word abseilen which means “to rope down”, giving the simplest and most accurate description of the activity. You will be equipped with a harness, a safety rope and some thick gloves to aid you in your descent. The steep, vertical wall which you will descend is about 3 storeys tall. There is a briefing and a live demonstration before you attempt it on your own, so psych yourself up in the meantime and get ready to take on this challenge!
Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up locations that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.
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Pick up is also available for other locations under the vicinity of Jeram Besu. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.
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