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NATURE & NATIONAL PARKS - Endau-Rompin National Park

Kampung Peta - Attraction & Facilities

 
 

KAMPUNG PETA

ACCESS POINT

Endau-Rompin National Park

The wonders of the Endau Rompin National Park have to be experienced to truly appreciate them. The park is Johor?s most intriguing eco-tourism destination that promises visitors many of nature?s paradise. It is also an important research and educational centre.

 
 

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

 

 

The park is a gateway to one of the world?s oldest tropical rainforests which boasts of a dazzling variety of flora and fauna. The Endau Rompin National Park is a lowland dipterocarp rainforest with a myriad of endemic plants. It is well known for its indigenous fan palms known as Livistona Endauensis. These palms, found in abundance on the plateau of Janing Barat, have leaves resembling giant fans ; hence they are so named. Pitcher plants with their beautiful-looking sacs that are traps for unwary insects often fascinate visitors. Perhaps the most interesting is the presence of a species of crab, the red Geosesarma Malayanum among the pitchers. It is not certain whether the crab is there during dry periods to seek refuge or to feed on the trapped insects in the sacs. It is just one of the mysteries of nature found in this park. Woody climbing plants with their pleasant scent often freshen up tired trekkers though they also compound the mystery of the forest by instilling the fearsome belief of the presence of jungle spirits. Wild orchids that bloom in April / May, display their charm.

 

Next to the colony of fan palms in Janing Barat is the swampy heath forest. The Endau Rompin National Park is home to many endangered animal species, particularly the Sumatran rhinoceros, Asian elephants, tigers, tapirs, and Malaysian sun bears. A hike to Janing Barat is often rewarded with sightings of these animals, their footprints or nests. Over 50 types of mammals, 230 species of birds, 43 species of fishes, 26 species of frogs, 14 species of snakes, 9 species of lizards, 3 species of turtles and 179 species of butterflies have been sighted and recorded within the Park. The birds found here are the woodpecker, raptor, owl, bulbul, babbler, kingfisher and even the hornbill. The Kelisa (schleropages formosus) attract many visitors especially during the months from August to October. The Janing Barat plateau (about 450 metres above sea level) provides a good site for landscape photography. In fact, the famous Upeh Guling Waterfalls is hidden among the foliage of the forest.

 

Upeh Guling (located about 0.5km from Kuala Marong campsite) is like a picturesque art gallery with perfectly sculptured rocks. The bathtub like sinkholes, for which Upeh Guling is famed are scoured out by rushing waters on the rock surfaces. Rock formations dating back 248 million years are found here. The rocks, bathed with an uninterrupted stream of cool water from waterfalls, are splendid spots for picnicking or relaxation, as the plunging water orchestrates continuous natural and soothing music. They are also a perfect subject for photography.

 

A campsite, for day trip or overnight stay, located just beside the rocks, is equipped with benches, toilet and kitchen facilities and to top it all, there are tall matured trees around it. Relaxing under the shade of these trees while listening to the chirping of birds or insects or the whispering of the breeze, is certainly an unforgettable indulgence. About a kilometre away from Upeh Guling (or about 0.5km from Kuala Marong campsite) is another natural wonder of the Park - the Tasik Air Biru (or Blue Water Lake). This lake is well known for its bluish water surface that has given it its name. A dip or swim in the lake should not be missed. The clarity of the water is beyond description. Fill a bottle with some water and you will be astounded.

 

The Batu Hampar campsite (complete with rest shades, kitchen and toilet facilities) is named after a flat massive rock that is found near a stream. Sitting or lying on the rock in the evening while listening to the uninterrupted gush of cool water, mountain breeze and starlit sky, may drowse one into dreamland. Comets may also be sighted from time to time. For the determined, trekking (about 2.2km from the Batu Hampar campsite) to the 120m Buaya Sangkut Waterfalls at the park is well worth the effort. This waterfalls paradise is named after the trapped crocodile (?buaya? is a crocodile while ?sangkut? means ?trapped?) in a legend.

 
 

BUILT ATTRACTIONS

 

 

The Visitors Complex where visitors register themselves is a nature resource house. Visitors often spend hours or even days here to discover the wealth of knowledge. The Information Gallery, on the first floor of the Visitors Complex, is credited with a good collection: traditional herbs and medicines, trees, footprint moulds, skulls and bones. Samples of fruits, leaves, beetles, moths, frogs, cicadas, insects and beehives are well displayed. Models of Orang Asli?s houses, tables, boats, baskets, fishing and animal traps and other attractions are also found here. There are also various posters on Endau Rompin rainforest, fascinating river landscapes, biodiversity, ecosystem, migratory birds, and Malaysian reptiles, turtles, tortoises and primates. Pictures of common and rare birds and tree species are of great assistance to those who are on educational tours. Visitors can also delve for information at the library located on the same floor. There is a wide and varied collection of references in flora such as roses, orchids, fruits, tropical trees and shrubs, poisonous trees, ferns and medicinal plants. The fauna include snakes, butterflies, amphibians and tropical fishes.

 

There are also reference materials on zoology, minerals, marine life and environmental science, as well as magazines, encyclopedias and other information books in the library. The mini Flora Collection Park located in the centre of the Visitors Complex is planted with ferns, palms and traditional medicinal plants found in Endau Rompin. This gives visitors a quick glimpse of the various types of flora that are found in the National Park.

 

Encircling the Visitors? Complex are four gardens (orchid, fern, palm and ginger), a jungle fowl centre and a water theme garden with several pools teeming with several species of fish. Water lilies and other aquatic plants indigenous to the Park are also grown in several pools. Located about 100 metres away are the ethnobotany park and the arboretum. The ethnobotany park have a collection of over 90 species of traditional herbs with their names and their medicinal values written on tags beside them, including the much sought after Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah.

 

The arboretum is home to many species of large trees. About 200 species of trees have been identified, these include meranti, minyak berok, kedondong and durian. Try to locate the huge durian tree that seems to rise to the sky. The Nature Education and Reseach Centre (NERC), located about 2km from the Visitors? Complex was set up under the sponsorship of DANCED (Danish Cooperation for Environment & Development) to promote nature education and research. Reading materials on parks and recreation, environmental education, zoology and books on flora and fauna can be found in the library here.

 
 

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

The Orang Asli (aborigine) in Kampung Peta are of the Jakun tribe, one of the three main aboriginal tribes in the country. They are generally shy and reserved. Their headman is often addressed as Tok Batin. Observe their simple way of life that harmonizes enchantingly with nature. Many of them are employed to assist in research and development works in the Park and for local tourism. Interestingly, the Orang Asli here invented their bamboo and nylon string puzzles (or kerecang). Tree barks were once used as string. Get a few of these mind-boggling puzzles and try to discover the secret that leads to their solution.

 
 

PLACES OF INTEREST

  • Visitor Complex

  • Orang Asli village

  • NERC (10 min ? boat ride from Kg Peta)

  • Kuala Jasin (45 min ? boat ride from Kg Peta)

  • Kuala Marong (1 hour 30 min ? trekking from Kuala Jasin)

  • Tasik Air Biru (10 min ? trekking from Kuala Marong)

  • Upeh Guling (30 min ? trekking from Kuala Marong)

  • Batu Hampar (1 hour 30 min ? trekking from Kuala Marong)

  • Buaya Sangkut (3 hour ? trekking from Batu Hampar).

  • Janing Barat ( 1 hour 30 mins trekking from Kuala Jasin )

  • Pantai Burung ( 10 mins walk from Visitor Complex)

 
 

ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES

 

KAMPUNG PETA ACCESS POINT

Endau-Rompin National Park

 
 

ACTIVITIES

 

 
At Endau Rompin Peta, you can do many activities. They are:
  • Camping
  • River Rafting
  • Jungle Trekking
  • Night Walk
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ride
  • Cultural Activities
  • Family Day
  • Nature Photography
  • Filming
 
 

FACILITIES

 

 
  • Cafeteria
  • Dormitories
  • Family Chalets
  • Hall
  • Info Gallery
  • Library
  • Standard Chalet
  • Visitor Complex
  • Field Lab
  • Surau
 

 
Campsites
  • Lubuk Pacau (40 pax)
  • Kuala Marong (40 pax)
  • Batu Hampar (30 pax)

For those who love camping activities, we have provided the right facilities for the visitors :

  • Tent plots

  • Dining hall

  • Toilet / bathroom

  • kitchen (gas and stove for rent)

 
 
 

NATURE & NATIONAL PARKS - Endau-Rompin National Park

Kampung Peta - Attraction & Facilities

JOHOR - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA