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NATURE & NATIONAL PARKS - Endau-Rompin National Park

General Info

 
 

ENDAU-ROMPIN

NATIONAL PARK

 

The Endau-Rompin National Park is the second designated national park of Peninsular Malaysia. It straddles the border between southern Pahang and northern Johor, and is one of the most undisturbed areas of lowland forest in the country. The park derives its name from the Endau river and its tributaries, which are the central feature of the park, and the Rompin area in the state of Pahang. It is interesting to note that the Rompin River does not originate or flow within the park area.

 

The area has been recognised for its great beauty and diversity since 1933 when the Sultan of Johor approved the designation of over 100,000ha as a wildlife reserve. Further exploration and surveys resulted in the declaration of 49,000ha as a national park in 1993 while the state of Pahang designated their part of the present park covering 40,500ha as a national park in 1988.

 

The awesome beauty of the Endau Valley is really something to behold, it is, perhaps, the most beautiful scenery in Peninsular Malaysia. Lowland forests give way to steep ridges with sedimentary rocks predominating. However, there are granite uplands and sandstone plateaus. The park has many well marked trails for trekking and numerous waterfalls, the most famous being the 50m Mahkota Falls, which hide the Gadang Cave located halfway up. Guides are compulsory and the local orang asli of the Jakun tribe, whose intimate knowledge of the area, its plants and animals is undisputed, act as guides.

 
 

FLORA & FAUNA

 

 

The park?s remote wilderness is a refuge for many plant and animal species with a high ratio of endemic plant species. The forest is mainly dipterocarp species but several previously unknown plant species including trees, mosses and vines have been discovered. The rare and endemic species of plants include ferns, pitcher plants and the beautiful fan palms, Livistona endauensis. Other unusual species include the walking stick palm (Phychorapis singaporensis) and the climbing bamboo.

 

The park?s remote wilderness is also a refuge for many large mammal species and i s thought to be home to the peninsula?s last wild Sumatran rhinoceros. Elephants, tapirs, tigers, wild boars, deer, monkeys, gibbons, sun bears (also known as the honey bear), civets, binturong (bear cat) plus most other typical lowland animal species also inhabit the park. Bird species are, of course, abundant and include hornbills, Argus pheasants, kingfishers and drangos. Butterflies, moths, beetles and a huge variety of other insects can be easily spotted.

 
 

VISITORS GUIDE

 
 

PLANNING AN ITINERARY

A minimum stay of four days/three nights is ideal in order to cover the many activities and attractions in the park.  Special tours may be arranged to cater to a variety of interests such as botany, nature study and bird watching.  Photography adventure seekers would enjoy the activities to be carried out here.

 

Jungle Trekking

There are some 26km of jungle trails within the park, the most well trodden path being the grueling 16km trail from the base camp at Kuala Jasin to Batu Hampar and Buaya Sangkut with numerous crossings of fast flowing rivers.  At Buaya Sangkut, a waterfall cascading down through five levels presents a spectacular visual delight.

 

Irresistible Jungle Streams

Swim or take a refreshing bath 'Kampung style' in the clear cool rivers and streams amidst the tranquility and serenity of the forest.  When you've had enough of frolicking in the water, try your luck at a spot of fishing and reel in your catch for lunch or dinner.

 

Camping

Pitch your tents and spend your night out in the wilds under the stars.  The merry chirping of the birds and cicadas in the twilight will make your simple dinner seem like a feast.

 

Orang Asli Village

Endau Rompin is also home to the Orang Asli of the Jakun tribe.  Drop by at Kampung Peta near the park entry point and gain valuable insights on Orang Asli culture.  Find out how they survive in the wilderness and protect themselves from danger with their hunting and tracking skills.  See their recreational activities and listen to their mesmerising yarns about the myths of the surrounding jungle.

 

Nature Study

Given the diverse variety of species and habitats in the area, this can be a very absorbing activity indeed.  Inhale the heady perfume of the 'Mussaendra mutabilis', a woody climbing plant with fragrant flowers, used in traditional scents for the hair and clothes.  Observe how the famous pitcher plant traps the unwary insect within its enticing water-filled sacs.  See how millions of ants make their homes in tiny chambers within the 'ant plant'.

 

Bird Watchers Paradise

Bird watching can be another fascinating activity.  If you have the patience and endurance to keep still in utter silence, for hours on end, the reward of seeing some beautiful varieties of bird life can be a joyful experience.

 
 

GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS

  • The park is closed during the rainy season i.e. from November to March.

  • No fishing is allowed during the spawning season from September to October.

  • Entry permits are required for visits to the park and these may be obtained.

  • Charges are levied for filming equipment / fishing and insurance.

 

 

PARK REGULATIONS

  1. All visitors are required to report to the officer on duty at the Registration Centre in Kampung Peta.

  2. There will be a short briefing at the Registration centre.  Entrance and other prescribed fees are collected.  All items and belongings are inspected by the officer on duty.

  3. Visitors are not allowed to overstay beyond the specified period.

  4. All visitors are required to engage the registered guides of the National Parks Corporation.

  5. Visitors who wish to hire boat services can inquire from the officer on duty.

  6. Visitors are prohibited to make unnecessary noise while in the park to avoid disturbance to the wildlife.

  7. All empty cans, surplus food and rubbish have to be taken out of the park, and disposed at designated disposal areas.

  8. Access to the park is only allowed through the specified entrances as determined by the National Park.

  9. No fishing or angling is allowed in the park except at specified areas and period.

  10. Bathing and swimming are only allowed at specified areas - swimmers must be in decent swimming attire.

  11. The National Parks Corporation disclaims responsibility for any mishap, accident or loss of belongings to any visitor while in the park.

  12. Visitors are strictly forbidden from:

    1. Bringing into the park any machinery, weapon, explosive, trap, poison or dangerous item.

    2. Hunting, killing, hurting, trapping, or disturbing any flora and fauna, habitat or destroying birds nests and eggs.

    3. Chopping, hurting, destroying or burning plants and objects which have geological, archaeological, historical and scientific importance.

    4. Carrying into or purposely allowing reared animals entering into the park.

    5. Displacing or moving any animals or plants out of the park, dead or alive.

    6. Displacing or moving out of the park any minerals or objects of geological, archaeological, historical or scientific importance.

    7. Destroying or incapacitating any living or dead objects in the park.

    8. Erecting any building in the park.

 

Visitors to the park are warned that they a liable to be prosecuted in the event they are found to have contravened any of the park regulation.

 
 

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Pristine tropical lowland forest
  • Trekking trails
  • Upeh Guling Waterfall
  • Buaya Sangkut Waterfall
  • Tasik Air Biru
  • Malaysian Mahseer Sanctuary
  • Orang asli villages
  • 4x4 off-road adventure
  • Canoeing
  • River Safaris
  • Bird watching
  • White water rafting from Kuala Jasin
  • Night safari and night trekking
 
 

ACCOMMODATION

Permits are required to enter the park and visitors are advised to join a package tour, as facilities within the park are limited to campsites and small chalets. Camping equipment will be provided by the tour operator. Packages usually include transport, accommodation and food.

 
 

GETTING THERE

 

 

 

From Pahang

It is a 56km journey across dirt roads via Felda Seladang to the Sungai Kinching base camp. A four-wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended.

 

Kampung Peta in Johor

There are two gateways. The most popular is from the town of Kahang via Kluang. Again, a four wheel drive vehicle is required. Your first 15km or so is through plantations while the last 20km is across a bumpy track through virgin rainforests to Kampung Peta, an orang asli village. The second entrance from Johor is from the town of Bekok near Segamat, which also necessitates a four-wheel drive vehicle. There is another way to get to Kampung Peta and this involves a boat journey from the lower Endau River just south of Kuala Rompin. This may take five to eight hours and an overnight camp at one of the many sandbanks can be arranged.

 

Kampung Selai in Johor

Take the North-South Highway and exit at the Yong Peng north interchange. Head for Chaah, Segamat, about 20 minutes drive away. About 4 km after Chaah, take a right turn (follow the road sign) and head towards Bekok, which is another 1 5 minutes away. From Bekok, follow the road sign and head for Sungai Bantang (7 km from Bekok).  Go past the turn-off and carry on driving for approximately another 20 km.  The road will take you through an oil palm estate and past several resettled Orang Asli villages, to the park site office at Kampung Kemidak (about 40 minutes from Bekok). Upon registration at the park site office, you will be guided into the park by a member of the staff.  Visitors are allowed to drive their vehicle to the park campsite in Lubuk Merekek and to Base Camp at Lubuk Tapah.

 
 
 

NATURE & NATIONAL PARKS - Endau-Rompin National Park

General Info

JOHOR - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA