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Exploring the Wonders of Taman Negara National Park

Updated: Aug 26, 2023


Simplified map of the national park's layout.
Map Taman Negara

Introduction

One of the world's oldest deciduous forests, Taman Negara National Park in Peninsular Malaysia, is thought to be more than 130 million years old. It was founded as the King George V National Park and declared by the Sultans of three states, Pahang, Terengganu, and Kelantan, at Theodore Hubback's urging. It has an area of about 4,343 km2. You will have many opportunities to explore the lush rainforest scenery, over 10,000 plant species, and a diverse range of wildlife, including Malayan tigers, orangutans, and pygmy elephants, in Taman Negara Pahang, which is the largest and covers an area of about 2,447 km2. Taman Negara Kelantan and Taman Negara Terengganu are next in size, covering an area of about 2,447 km2. The day tour is also a fantastic chance to discover the distinctive hunting practices and familial systems of the Batek people. I'll never forget this once-in-a-lifetime encounter.



 

For lovers of nature, Taman Negara is a must-visit location. Here you may find the longest canopy walkway in the world, which provides a stunning perspective of the jungle. Additionally, you can enjoy rapid shooting down Sungai Tembeling, do jungle hiking on the Bukit Teresek route, and explore caves. Other activities available here include night safaris, mountain climbing, swimming, fishing, and jungle treks. Keep your camera handy to record all the breathtaking sights!

Canopy Walk amidst lush Taman Negara rainforest.
Canopy Walk

Discover the intriguing way of life of the Batek people, who live as nomadic hunters and gatherers in Peninsular Malaysia's rainforest. Visit Taman Negara to learn about their distinctive hunting techniques and family structures. Taman Negara is around a three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur in Jerantut, which is the closest town. Taking a boat takes around three hours to travel upriver from Jerantut to Kuala Tahan, and it is 16 kilometers from Jerantut to Kuala Tembeling Jetty.

Portrait of indigenous people in traditional attire.
Indigenous People

Embark on an exhilarating jungle trek to Teresek Hill in Taman Negara National Park. This adventure offers an immersive experience into the heart of the rainforest, with lush vegetation and diverse wildlife. The trek leads to Teresek Hill's summit, providing panoramic views of the surrounding canopy and the meandering river below. This challenging yet rewarding journey allows nature enthusiasts to connect with the wilderness and appreciate the park's natural beauty.

Teresek Hill overlook in Taman Negara rainforest.
Teresek Hill

Experience the thrill of rapid shooting in Taman Negara, Malaysia's oldest national park. Navigate the rushing river currents aboard a boat as it dashes through rapids, providing an adrenaline-pumping adventure surrounded by lush rainforest landscapes. This exciting activity offers an unforgettable blend of nature and excitement, showcasing the park's natural beauty from a unique perspective.

River rapid shooting in Taman Negara.
Rapid Shooting

Google Map: Jeti Taman Negara



Lata Berkoh, which is about 9 kilometers from Park Headquarters, is a collection of spectacular cascades that span substantial boulders along the Tahan River. Although there is a jungle route that leads to this well-known tourist destination, most people choose to hire a boat instead, which leaves from Kuala Tahan and parks 1 km away owing to rocks. After disembarking, visitors must make their way through a 10-minute, somewhat easy forest trek along the river's banks to reach the waterfall. Picnics and swimming are permitted here, however after a heavy rain, swim with caution as strong currents can cause the water to turn murky brown, whirl violently, and increase in volume.

Lata Berkoh waterfall amidst Taman Negara
Lata Berkoh

 

Conclusion

Taman Negara National Park stands as an exceptional testament to the raw beauty and rich cultural heritage of Malaysia. This untouched rainforest realm offers an array of captivating experiences, from heart-pounding adventures like rapid shooting to tranquil moments spent amidst the lush canopy on a canopy walk. The park's indigenous culture adds a unique layer to the journey, providing insights into harmonious coexistence with nature. As you explore the wonders of Taman Negara, you'll find yourself immersed in a realm of pristine nature, unforgettable activities, and a profound appreciation for the delicate balance that sustains this incredible ecosystem. So, pack your spirit of adventure and curiosity, and let Taman Negara weave its magic, leaving you with cherished memories and a deep connection to the natural world.








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