If trekking, camping and cave exploration are your kind of holiday experiences, then Taman Negara rainforest is a must visit.
While the beauty of this 130 million years old forest will leave you spellbound, the adventure activities will satisfy the adrenaline junkie in you!
Spread across the states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu in Malaysia, Taman Negara is the oldest rain forest in the world. It also houses the highest peak of Peninsular Malaysia – Gunung Tahan (or Mount Tahan).
It was in the year 1938 that the 1300 square kilometer forest was declared a national park. Pre-independence, the park was called the King Geogre V National Park. It was post the colonial rule that the forest was named Taman Negara which means National Park.
Taman Negara is home of the tribal group – Orang Asli. This tribal community has been residing in the forest for many thousands of years. The forest has become a source of livelihood for the Orang Asli community.
The rain forest also has salt deposits around the resort area. At night one can spot animals such as Tapirs and wild rhinos lingering around the salt deposits.
Taman Negara is a popular destination under ecotourism. The vast expanse of forest area and its bio diversity featuring a variety of flora and fauna is a great tourist attraction.
Some of the most popular tourist activities are:
The Canopy walkway – the 510 meters long canopy, deep into the forest is an experience one can cherish for long. The walkway is 45 meters high from the ground level and gives a great view of the rain forest from a height. A walk on the narrow canopy is an adventure all by itself.
The canopy walkway is open from 11:00 am to 02:45 pm from Saturdays to Thursday. On Fridays it is open from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm. It remains closed during rains. Entrance ticket – RM5 for adults; RM3 for children.
Cave explorations – The forest houses many limestone caves such as Gua Menari cave and the Kepayang Besar cave. The caves are inhabited by bats.
Hiking and trekking – In a rain forest that is spread over 1300 square kilometers one can surely expect some great terrains to trek on. Trek to forest sites such as Gua Kepayang Besar, Kumbang Hide and Kuala Trenggan are a must try.
Mountain expedition – Taman Negara houses peninsular Malaysia’s highest peak Gunung Tahan. Scaling this 2187 meter high mountain takes 7 days, and the view from the top is truly magnificent. However, there are other trails that one can follow which take lesser than 7 days to reach the summit.
Some of the other activities are fishing, night camping, animal observation and a visit to the Lata falls and a river cruise.
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