Malaysia is one of the countries in South East Asia that has many rainforests as its natural resources. Government puts much concern on it. They use the forests only as places of recreation and environmental protection. Any development, especially for the commercial purpose, is restricted.
Endau Rompin is a popular national park in Malaysia, known as the second large after Taman Negara. As one of the oldest rainforest in the world, the park offers challenging trails, especially for adventure seekers. You can’t easily enter this area with usual vehicles. Fortunately, many tour agencies can provide the needed transportation to let you in safely.
Habitat for Wildlife Species
Wildlife is the most expected thing to see when entering Endau Rompin National Park. There are many of them, just like in Taman Negara. However, the wide space to wander around within the park makes them uneasily to be seen. If you are lucky enough, you may spot Sumatran rhinoceros, white-handed gibbon, Asian elephant, slow Loris, Malaysian tiger, wild boar, long-tail macaques, tapir, and leopards. During the bird seeing, you are probably going to be surprised with the present of hornbills and kingfishers.
Things to do
Staying at Endau Rompin National Park for a day won’t be enough. You will probably need 4 or 5 days to explore this jungle. There are many things to do such as visiting Jakun tribe village (Orang Asli), joining night safari whether by walk or ride 4×4, experiencing rubber tube rafting and seeing wonderful waterfalls. The tour agencies can make you really busy. You can choose to book a chalet room for RM100/RM150 or relax your bone at Endau Rompin Park Headquarters’ dormitory. Be sure to bring mosquito repellant and netting. If you want to join in a campsite, Park HQ can lend the tent for RM40 per night.
Endau Rompin National Park name was originally taken from the Endau River in Johor and Rompin River in Pahang that runs through the park’s boundaries. Therefore, the entry trails will start from those two areas. There are three ways to get into the park, i.e. Kampung Peta and Selena in Johor, and also Kuala Rompin in Pahang. As the roads are rough enough to pass on foot, it is highly recommended to go there by a 4×4 vehicle.
Among of the three entry points, Kampung Peta is the commonly used, about 60kms from Kahang town. There, you will find more accommodation and quick access to Orang Asli village. Just make sure you get every essential thing needed ready for your back. Take for example first aid travel kit, raincoat, dry clothes, walking shoes, socks to repellent leeches and flashlight. It seems you have a lot of money to spend.