Who said you have to go to New Zealand to admire herds of sheep living their best lives?
The Sheep Sanctuary is a lively farm located in the heart of Cameron Highlands that houses plenty of these adorable fluffy animals. It’s a nice spot where kids and adults alike can cool down in the highlands’ breeze while admiring and interacting with these loveable animals.
To give you an idea of what you can expect from your visit to this farm, we’ve created the ultimate travel guide! From what to do, restaurants to try and more, here’s everything you need to know.
Best Time to Go
Since the farm is located at Cameron Highlands, you can expect pleasant and cool weather all year round – perfect for outdoor activities. However, if you don’t want your trip to be hindered by rainfall, we’d recommend visiting during the dry season (February to April, July to August).
That’s not to say that visiting during the wet season (May to June, September to January) is necessarily a bad thing. In fact, these months will treat you to an even more charming time, as the rain adds a certain majesty to the farm and the highlands as a whole.
Meanwhile, you can schedule your visit on weekdays if you don’t want to encounter crowds, as most people typically visit the farm on weekends.
Things to Know
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
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Language: Malay, English
Calling Code: +60
Opening hours: Daily from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Contact details: +60 5-491 4638
- Adult (12years old & above): RM12
- Children (3-12 years old): RM8
Parking situation: Although there aren’t designated parking spaces on the sanctuary’s premises, you can find a couple of paid parking lots within walking distance. Alternatively, you can also park your car at the Cameron Highlands Flora Park.
Traffic situation: The Sheep Sanctuary is located in the Kea Farm Market, which is one of the hottest attractions in the highlands. Because of this, expect to encounter the heaviest traffic in the area, especially if you’re visiting during peak hours.
How to Get Around
Buses: What’s great about getting to Cameron Highlands is that several long-distance buses are coming from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Ipoh. This mode of transportation is the most budget-friendly option and it won’t require you to switch between buses to get to the highlands.
Once you get to Cameron Highlands, however, you won’t see any other public mode of transportation. You’re left to either walk, which isn’t too bad considering the views or hail a taxi cab.
Taxi/Grab: Riding a taxi is the main public mode of transport once you get to Cameron Highlands. There’s only one taxi cab company in the highlands and a ride would typically have a flat rate of RM30 per hour.
Alternatively, you can book a ride through the Grab app but be warned, getting a driver here is quite difficult as opposed to the city.
Car rental: As much as possible, we recommend renting a car to get to the sanctuary, as Cameron Highland is best experienced on a road trip. The winding roads that are lined with beautiful towering trees make for a scenic drive that’s perfect for families and friend groups.
This is a great option if you want to free yourself from worrying about getting back to the city or getting to other attractions. Plus, there are paid parking lots that are conveniently located within walking distance of the sanctuary so you don’t have to worry about leaving the car.
Where to Stay
Kea Garden Rest House
Address: Kea Garden, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +605-496 1472
If you want access to the Sheep Sanctuary as soon as you leave your room, we recommend checking out Kea Garden Rest House. Aside from the sanctuary itself, it’s also located near other points of interest such as Flora Park, the wet market and of course, Kea Garden.
Location-aside, this rest house is also a solid option because of its relatively affordable price. With its cheap price, visitors will be treated to neat and comfy rooms that come complete with amenities like hot water, fast Wi-Fi and more!
Cameron Highlands Resort
Address: By The Golf Course, Cameron Highlands Golf Course, Brinchang, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 5-491 1100
As you may have gleaned from its name, Cameron Highlands Resort is the premier place to stay in the highlands. This 5-star hotel will treat you like royalty by providing world-class rooms with premium amenities and a handful of lavish facilities.
One of their best offerings is the spa village, where you can experience utmost relaxation and rejuvenation through a series of massages and treatments. After that, you can stop by the tea room and spend a nice afternoon eating delicious snacks and admiring stunning views.
Strawberry Park Resort
Address: Lot 195 & 196, Jalan Strawberry Park, Brinchang, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 5-491 1166
Strawberry Park Resort is another world-class establishment we highly recommend because of its lavish facilities and equally luxurious rooms. Among these facilities, you have to experience Wild Orchidaceae Spa, which offers Balinese-style massages—perfect after long walks!
The location of the resort itself also adds to the experience, as it’s surrounded by beautiful towering trees. This majestic view is visible from almost everywhere and sometimes, you can even witness a stunning sight of the trees engulfed in a thick mist—truly magical!
The Cocoon Cameron Highlands
Address: The Cocoon Capsule Hotel 21-2 & 21-3 Jalan Palas Horizon (Office Lot Palas Horizon, 39010 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 5-491 4927
If you’re travelling on a budget, we highly recommend staying at The Cocoon Cameron Highlands. In a nutshell, it’s one of those famous capsule hotels but with a more nature-centric theme and surroundings—budget-friendly AND Instagram-worthy!
The capsules themselves are neat and comfortable enough to give you a good night’s sleep, especially if you’re going to be spending most of your time outside. Plus, you’ll get to stay near other attractions as well!
Century Pines Resort Cameron Highlands
Address: Lot 42, Jalan Masjid, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, 39000 Pahang, Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia
Phone: +605 491 5115
Century Pines Resort Cameron Highlands is a 4-star establishment that has all the bells and whistles that you’d want from a hotel. Clean and spacious rooms, recreational facilities, amazing restaurants–all of these will be accessible if you book a stay with this resort!
The aforementioned facilities are worth highlighting, as they’re just about everything you need from spas to restaurants, fitness centres and more. There’s even a souvenir shop at the hotel itself so make sure to do some shopping for your loved ones before leaving!
Where to Eat
Water Cress Valley
Address: Lot UT/KF/F 160, 159, Batu 44, 39100, Jalan Besar, Tringkap, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 1-2506 3252
Water Cress Valley offers a hot pot dining style for travellers looking to warm their souls with a delicious soup. You can order different kinds of sets for the soup, but the one we recommend the most is the non-vegetarian, which consists of meatballs, cuttlefish flowers and more.
Not only that but the place also offers spectacular views consisting of lush greenery and beautiful natural landscapes. These picturesque views, partnered with the amazing offerings of this restaurant make for a memorable dining experience that you simply won’t find anywhere.
Paradise Reyan Restaurant
Address: C-G-28 Barrington square, golden hills 39000 Cameron Highlands Pahang MY, 39000, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 5 4851 328
Paradise Reyan Restaurant is a great Middle Eastern joint you have to stop by, especially if you love meat! This is because they serve authentic dishes that consist of perfectly grilled meat like kebabs, lamb chops and anything in between—yum!
The serving sizes here aren’t too bad as well, as you can easily order dishes for sharing, most notably the chicken mandi. Meanwhile, if you want a safe bet that everybody in your group will love, you can order some good old-fashioned shawarma.
Jin Jin Steamboat
— From beyondfoode
Address: 43rd Miles, Kea Farm, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-529 5568
Looking for a place where you can satisfy your hunger? Then dining at Jin Jin Steamboat is one of the best decisions you can make!
Here, there will be no smoke and mirrors involved, as the only smoke you’ll see will be the steam coming out of your steamboat! You can choose from a plethora of fresh ingredients to cook or dip into your hot pot like tofu, clams, fishballs, mushrooms and more!
Speaking of hot pot, the soups we recommend the most are the mala and mushroom soups!
The Brew House
Address: Lot C-2-45 Ground Floor & C-2-46, C-3-45, C-3-46 First Floor, Persint 1 Cameron Centrum, Brinchang, 39100 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 5-491 5607
If you can’t decide where to eat or if there’s a picky eater among the group, then you should check out The Brew House. They offer a wildly varied menu consisting of dishes from different kinds of cuisines like Indian, Italian, Korean, Japanese and of course, Malaysian!
These dishes are fairly priced and are perfect for sharing, especially their pizza, which features unorthodox flavours like curry and char siew. To top it all off, they also serve a bunch of delicious desserts like ice cream, burnt cheesecake and lava cake –perfect for sweet tooths!
Delicious & Happiness Cameron Highlands
Address: No.16, Bawah, point, Jalan Angsana 1, Brinchang, 39100 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 11-5914 9110
It may have a cheesy name but don’t be fooled, as Delicious & Happiness Cameron Highlands is one of the hottest restaurants in the highlands! It may not look like much at first but once you step inside, you’ll get a whiff of the delicious Cantonese food they’re preparing in the kitchen.
Anything from their menu is tantalising, but the dishes that we’ve heard a lot of people praise are the buttered chicken and mantis prawn. However, the best thing about this restaurant is that they offer their dishes at a reasonable price!
What to Do in the Sheep Sanctuary
Feed them their favourite snacks
— From putryusry
One of the best things about the Sheep Sanctuary is that every admission ticket you buy will come complete with a pack of snacks for feeding. The herds of sheep go crazy for these organic snacks so be prepared to be approached and followed by these fluffy farm animals.
To feed them, all you have to do is hold your hand out with your palm facing the sky. From there, you just have to wait for them to soften up and approach you to eat their favourite snacks from your hand.
Pat their soft heads
— From placesmalaysia
While they’re busy munching on feed from your hands, take this opportunity to pat their soft plushy heads! Don’t worry, they won’t bite and they’ll remain unbothered as long as they’re focused on their snacks.
Capture tons of cute photos
— From beebee_421
A trip to this place wouldn’t be complete without some memorable photos! While you’re here, make sure to get up close and personal with the sheep to capture some beautiful or wacky photos to remember your trip by.
If you find a lamb, you can also pick them up and face the camera for a super cute photo!
Apps to Download for a Trip to the Sheep Sanctuary
Travel Malaysia: A pocket travel guide to Malaysia
Maps.me: Offline map of the world
XE Currency App: Real-time currency exchange rate app
Grab: Ride-hailing app of Southeast Asia
Google Translate: word translation with offline capabilities
CatchThatBus: Bus ticket booking app