Clearly one of the 'high' lights of a trip to Taman Negara is the canopy walkway. Going up a short stair case at the start, one has no idea how far above the ground you are going to be, until suddenly you are in the tree tops. There are spectacular views across the path and the walk itself is a thrill - swaying stretches of bridge seemingly held together with just a few ropes and steep, rickety ladders to traverse. This is perhaps not the activity for those with vertigo, but the guides are friendly and reassuring, and they ensure safety comes first.
A fascinating way to get a birds eye view of the jungle!
One of the many activities on offer at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is a night walk through the jungle. The guides at the resort have an amazing knowldge of their park and somehow manage to find all sorts of creepy-crawlies in the dark. Walks last for about 90 minutes and while it is unlikely that you will see any large animals - these can sometimes be spotted from the hides - you may be lucky, or inlucky, enough to see a bird eating spider!
Below is the timetable,
Boat Counter Fare per Person Departure Time
One Way Return From Kuala Tembeling From Kuala Tahan
Hans Travel RM 25 RM 50 2.00 p.m. 9.00 a.m.
Mutiara Resort RM 28 RM 56 1.00 p.m.
See more at http://www.tamannegara.asia/dailycoach.html
About you luggage, There is no porter service to take care of your belonging. Therefore, please take proper luggage or backpack. Get off the boat and walk up through steep road to your accommodation.
With only one and a half days in Taman Negara, we decided to do a night jungle walk and a trek to the look-out point at Beresek Hill and the canopy walkway the next morning. That afternoon, we decided to do the trip to Lata Berkoh - it doesn't seem to be one of the trips that the tour companies really promote, but it was brilliant!
The 40 min boat trip up the river is spectacular, and gives you a great perspective of your surroundings. You then take a 10 min walk to "Lata Berkoh", a really pretty cascade waterfall spot. The water is crystal clear and the swim is so refreshing! I highly recommend this trip for anyone visiting Taman Negara!
If you're going for a 3days 2nights vacation, here are the standard things that you should do or visit:
- Night Jungle Trekking
- Gua Telinga
- Canopy walkway
- Lata Berkoh
- Orang Asli village.
I hv been to Taman Negara 3 times and still not bored with it. To me, the main highlight of the trip is the 3hrs boat ride from Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan. It's really nice to see some orang asli kids having fun by the river. Many things to see along the way. If you're bored, you could always take a short nap.
The last time I visit Taman Negara was in 2005. 7 of us photographers went for the trip and really had a good time. Paid ~ RM550/person that includes return van transport from KL - Kuala Tembeling and boat transfers to/from Kuala Tembeling - Kuala Tahan, guide, food and chalet. We stayed in Agoh Chalet which is a budget chalet that can fit in 4ppl to a chalet with attached bathroom(cold shower).
Although the highlight of the visit is supposed to be learning how the orang asli make fire and use the blowpipe, I found it more interesting to hear about what they are doing to earn a living (besides being stared at by tourists!) and they were also rather open to requests if they could fulfill them.
Our guide, Joe, took us to the village down river where there was this group of orang asli who belong to the Batek people. The man demonstrating the fire making was called Ah Long and he could speak Malay and English. He showed me the rotan plant when I asked about it and he also explained to us their customs for their dead and their marriages.
Although Ah Long never had any education, he intends to make sure his child will have some.
Pack some chow, lots of insect repellents and water purifier and do the wild thing (preferebly not alone, althjough I met a Malaysian guy doing it on his own!) and take a walk all the way up to Gunung Tahan (55 kms), a mountain in the northern part of the park, all you do is walking by the Kuala Tahan river deep into the wilderness. Mind you, there are some tigers in there, too if you are lucky you'll see one. I wish I hadn't been a sissy when I was there and had done this hike! Anyway even if you get tired, you can turn back at any point.
Taman Negara is the home and protected area for some rare mammals, such as tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Malayan Gaur (seladang) and Asian Elephant. Visitors can normally spot a small herb of water buffalos mud bathing along the river and i am just wondering whether they are wild buffalo or seladang?
The 'Gaur' (pronounced "GOWr")-(Malayalam kattupothu; Bos gaurus, previously Bibos gauris) is a large, dark-coated ox of the hilly areas of South Asia and Southeast Asia, which may be found wild or domesticated. (fact extracted from Wikipedia)
Unforgettable experience. Who goes in the Taman Negara cannot lose them. Ten bridges in the Jungle he is as walk between the tops of the trees.
A piece of advice who suffers of dizziness.....do not look below.
You may wonder why most adventurous (or adventurous-wannabe like me) will put Taman Negara as one of their wild destinations?
Personally, I don't think my recommendations to you for visiting Taman Negara is because of its rich flora and fauna (I am not use to this term because I think it is only appropriate to use flora & fauna in tourism website and brochures) but more of the actions you can do in Taman Negara. Ok, the following are some of the things that any action men and women will love to do, beside it’s cool to tell others that you have been to the wild side.
The activities that you can try out in Taman Negara:
- shooting the rapids,
- bird watching (both day and night bird watching)
- wildlife observation from hides built around waterholes and salt licks
- fishing (selected location only)
- visit orang asli/aboriginal settlements
- cave exploration (Gua Telinga, Gua Kepayang, and Gua Daun Menari)
- waterfalls and jungle trekking (Warisan Hill, Teresek Hill)
- canopy walkway (one of the world longest)
There are so much to do in Taman Negara, but so little time.
The harimau story of mine happened almost 15 years ago and it's still quite scary whenever we (those who went with me) talking about it. Of course we have so many jokes on each other on that trip. The Taman Negara National Park is a protected area, therefore my old story might still find some relevancy here. Of course many things in Taman Negara still do not change, like leeches still always thirsty, people still travel by boats, shooting the rapids. Elephant’s craps still found at certain caves and along some tracks, and bats will hang up-side-down.
Gua Daun Menari is quite far from Kuala Tahan Head Quarter, therefore I write my Harimau story in Off The Beaten Path. (please read them using Author's Order)
Since the length of VT tips is quite limited, I shall normalise my tiger story (trip to Gua Daun Menari) into separate tips and will highlight some of the tips I wanted to emphasize.
I will not tell you how old the jungles located within the National Park. For those who believe in God, millions years, gazillions years really don't make any different/sense. What I am going to tell you is these jungles had long existence before anyone had ever lived and they were since the beginning. Yes, like the beginning that described in Genesis 1 (may be slightly after that).
Although there are some logging activities going on in forests around National Parks, but logging is strictly forbidden in the park. The only people that allowed carrying out agricultural activities and harvesting from jungle products are the orang asli (aboriginal) who lives there. Of course some of these natives make the best guides in the park. I mean who also can be the best host other then the owners of the homes? The National Park is orang asli's home.
In Taman Negara, you do not bring all the drinking waters with you because the mountain is the source of water. Just bring a plastic container and some chlorine pills if you don't feel safe to drink the Kelah's (aka freshwater shark) bath water. I saw lots of kelahs darting pass me as i retrieve water from the stream.
I personally just drink the water from the stream & rivers and they taste cool and sweet. Don't know why.
Lata Berkoh is a spectacular cascade that marks the limit of easynavigability on the river. It is dangerous to swim here because of the strong undercurrents.
While walking along the rocks near to the water, I had a slip and my whole body submerged into the water totally. Fortunately, the water is shallow and I didn't drown myself. However, I was the last to get into the water but the first to get wet totally.
This picture shows the stopping point for the boat. From here, you will see that the water is very clear and brown. This is due to the high iron content in the water. We thought we had reached Lata Berkoh cascade soon but not yet, we still need to trek for 800m before reaching our destination. We didn't know about this as we all thought we had enough of trekking on the previous day. What to do... continue to trek then...