Kubang Gajah Falls

The trek to the Kubang Gajah Waterfall (“Elephant Waterhole”), that is also known as ‘Sungai Ampang Waterfall’, ‘Kemensah Waterfall’, as well as ‘Sofea Jane Waterfall’, was preceded by a trek up to Tabur West.

The fall is a short trek on the Kemensah trail to the Kubang Gajah waterfall that lies on Sungai Ampang in Ulu Klang.

The start of the trail can be found after a long stretch of narrow road that begins after a left turning at the National Zoo. Once you are on Jalan Taman Zooview, which becomes very narrow to the point that it can be close to impossible for two cars to pass abreast at certain points, just follow the road until you almost reach the end. The start of the trail lies on the right side of the road just before you reach the ‘Institut Budaya Baru Melayu Selangor’ building.

The trek from the start of the trail to the Kubang Gajah waterfall took about 45 minutes and covered a distance of about 2.4km. The trail is wide with a slight inclination as it is commonly used by ATVs so listen out and keep your eyes open for ATVs, MTBs, and motorcross bikes passing though.

There is a point along the trail where it seems to fork out into three other trails but in actual fact those three trails just end up converging again soon after. The actual split in the road is much closer to the waterfall itself which is reached by following the right turning.  

The main section of the waterfall was obscured by trees and branches from the main trail that lead down to the waterfall on the right. At the end of the trail there is a pool of water that turned out to be perfect to wallow in. The pool was part of a series of three pools that lead upriver towards the main face of the waterfall. At the base of the main face, there is a cave that had been shaped by a large slab of rock that was resting above the pool. The cave could have made for some tough overhang bouldering had it not been for the shallow water that had precarious rocks submerged just below.

Being a popular climbing spot, there was a fair amount of litter at the summit. Local climbers often travel in large groups and like to enjoy a meal or even camp at the peak. Attempts to dispose of rubbish by burning usually leave a nasty mess.