Taman Negara

Taman Negara

Taman Negara, Malaysia’s premier park and the largest in the country extends over some 434,300 hectares of primary forests, more than 130 million years old. Even as early as 1939, conservation was of primary concern. The park was established for the sole purpose of protecting and preserving the flora and fauna indigenous to the area.

Located within the park is Peninsular Malaysia’s highest mountain, Gunung Tahan, 2,187 metres above sea level. A range of comfortable accommodation is provided by the Taman Negara Resort at the Park Headquarters at Kuala Tahan. The restaurant outlets there also ensure that you do not go hungry amidst-nature’s wilderness. With so much to see and do, a trip to Taman Negara is a must on your itinerary.

Bird watchers, prepare to feast your eyes!

As many as 250 species of birds have been identified so far. Commonly seen are hornbills. Fireback pheasants may be spotted along jungle trails while fishing eagles and kingfishers usually flit along the riverbanks. The Sungai Tahan is a favourite habitat of the masked finfoot. Other exotic species to be found here include the broadbill, drongo and blue-throated bee-eater.

Orang Asli Settlement

Visit Kampung Yong, home to the Batek tribe. Gain some insights into the life of the Orang Ask and see how they hunt and survive in the wilds.

Anyone game for mammals?
These are usually to be found inhabiting the lowlands and include the Malayan gaur or seladang, sambar deer, barking deer, wild pigs, tapir, elephants, tigers, leopards, sun bears and the Sumatran rhinoceros.

However, sightings of these mammal species are quite rare; due in part to the density of vegetation and the shy nature of these animals.

Scaling The Highest Peak

Gunung Tahan offers the adventurous, the heady excitement and challenge of mountain climbing. The journey up and down the mountain takes an average of 9 days.

Previous jungle trekking experience would of course be an added advantage though not necessarily a prerequisite.

Thrills And Spills Of Trips Up River

A leisurely 8 km trip up Sungai Tahan to the Lata Berkoh Cascades offers visitors the invigorating experience of swimming in the cool waters of a deep pool below the falls. Then retreat to the rocky area overlooking the rapids for your picnic lunch. The more adventurous would perhaps prefer shooting the seven powerful rapids of the Sungai Tembeling. The 9.1 km ride takes 45 minutes. Hang on tight to your seat and be prepared to get drenched.

Landing Your Catch

Sungai Kenyam is the most popular spot for fishing while the more placid waters of the pools at the lower reaches of Sungai Tahan are also known to be teeming with fish. The best times for fishing are February, March, July and August. The Kelah, known for its speed and weighing as much as 20 lbs bffers an irresistable challenge to even the experienced angler.

Observing Wild Life As Darkness Descends

This is a nocturnal activity well worth the effort. There are 6 hides scattered around the Park. Within the relative safety of these hides, overlooking the salt licks and clearings, visitors get a chance to observe the animals as they come to lick up the water and soil for essential salts for their body.

Campsites

There are a number of beautiful campsites around the Park for those who wish to live out their fantasy of sleeping under the stars in the wilds. These are located at Kuala Tahan and Kuala Kenyam. Tents and camping equipment are available for hire at the resort.

Exploring The Mysteries Of Nature's Caves

Two notable caves within the park area are Gua Daun Menari at Kuala Kenyam and Gua Telinga, less than an hour's walk from Kuala Tahan. The former attracts visitors with its interesting rock formation and unique wildlife.

Gua Telinga is a limestone cave carved by a stream, another fine example of nature's ingenuity.

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