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NATURE & NATIONAL PARKS - Endau-Rompin National Park

Kampung Selai - Attraction & Facilities

 
 

SELAI

ENDAU-ROMPIN

JOHOR NATIONAL PARKS

 

So, you?ve mastered the art of Surviving in an urban jungle.  Point is, do you have what it takes to make it in a real one?

 

As far removed from all the trappings of modern civilization as anyone would possibly want to be. No air-conditioning here, no television. As for cell phones, don?t bother. They don?t work here. And we make no apologies for it. For the truth is, after a while, you won?t miss it either. Because there is something about a 260 million-year-old lowland tropical rainforest that really engages your senses. Selai was officially opened to public in 2003. It is the second gateway to the Endau Rompin Johor, National Park. Selai is the western gateway to Johor?s famed Endau-Rompin Johor National Park. (It actually encompasses two-thirds of the park?s 48,500ha area). Bekok, the nearest town to the Park, is about 26 km to Selai. An Orang Asli legend has it that there was once a celestial princess who possessed the power of innate body heal. When she descended upon Earth, the scorching heat that emanated from her body led to a drought. This caused the mighty river that flowed from Gunung Besar to be reduced to a mere trickle - the size of a strip of rattan - or ?sehelai rotan?. Hence forever after, the river was called Selai, and the park that was later created there took this name.

 

 

As for the legend, anyone visiting Selai today will have no doubt that it is all in the distant past. For this is a blessed place. Hiking across Selai entails scenic river crossings via rope bridges, and hopping along the boulders that dot the Selai River. No matter how long you trek, the exhilarating sound of water rushing over rocks is never far away. Nature?s adornment here comes in the form of a series of photogenic waterfalls. Selai is the land of endless waterfalls. Countless waterfalls-great and small are found inside the park. They are really the jewel of the forest. Some of the well-known waterfalls are Takah Tinggi,Takah Pandan,Takah Berangin,Takah Beringin. No less than 20 are to be found around the park, each one seemingly prettier than the one before. The most spectacular of these is the Takah Tujuh, which is spread over an elevation of seven tiers! It has such an atmospheric quality that the Orang Asli say spirits dwell in its upper reaches. The terrain here is rugged.

 

The facilities minimal, which makes the whole experience as authentic as it can get. Selai lies in the core area of Endau-Rompin, at the foothill of Gunung Tiong. The vegetation here has been spared the swing of an axe for centuries, and even scientists have yet to fully unravel its secrets, Hornbills flying across the river during the fruiting season make for a delightful sight. Fish feeding time at the jetty can be quite awesome too, as the placid water is suddenly churned up by schools of more than 20 species of fish, all competing for a bite. Apart from trekking and communing with Nature, try your hand at a ?temiang? or blowpipe, or at setting animal traps Orang Asli-style. Night falls swiftly in the forest. But don?t retire to your hut just yet, as the jungle takes on a totally different character - the denizens of the night come alive, and every sound seems more pronounced.

 

Selai is special. There is a sense of adventure in the air, of exploring a country as yet unexploited. It is a place where the spirit of the wilderness thrives - where the forbidding becomes the beautiful.

 
 

ADMISSION (from 8.00 am -5 pm)

Entry to the park is strictly by prior booking only. This must be made at least three days in advance at the JNPC head office. Several packages are on offer. Please familiarize yourself with all park regulations and charges at the time of booking. Kindly note that walk-in visitors to the park will not be entertained.

 
 

FRIENDLY TIPS

  • Upon a confirmed booking, you will be provided with a list of things to bring with you. In a rainforest, comfort is a priority.  The weather is usually hot and humid, with a chance of rain, while the nights can be quite cool. Conditions vary with the time of year. Rainfall is heaviest between October and January. 

  • Temperatures range between 25o C and 32o C.  The rainy season between December and January often renders the park inaccessible. Always check with the park authorities beforehand before making your way in.

 
 

ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES

 

KAMPUNG SELAI ACCESS POINT

Endau-Rompin National Park

 

Selai is not an experience for the faint-hearted. It is ideal for the specialist visitor who is seeking to rough it out.

 
 

ACTIVITIES

 

 

Selai is always in the hearts and minds of adventurous souls. There are many exciting activities that a visitors do at Selai. Most visitors will opt for trekking to the numerous waterfalls, and to be at Takah Tinggi waterfall is considered the highlight of the trip to Selai. One of the most popular activities at Selai is water tubing. At night, visitors can enjoy night walking in one of the richest rainforests in the world. Nature study and bird watching are always popular among naturalists.

 
  • Cycling
  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Jungle Trekking
  • Bird Watching
  • Picnics
  • Cultural Activities
  • Family Day
  • Nature Photography
  • Blowpipe Experience
  • Nature study
  • Trap demonstration
 
 

FACILITIES

Facilities are therefore basic but adequate.
 
 

Lubuk Tapah Base Camp (max 60 pax)

 

 

Lubuk Tapah is the furthest distance that a vehicle can reach. It was once used as the base camp for the Selai?s Scientific Expedition in 2002. Here, visitors stay in the huts which are located near the riverbank. This is a no fishing zone, however, visitors are allowed to feed or swim with the fishes in the cool jungle river. `Wakaf? or gazebos, located around the base camp and at scenic spots beside the Selai River. These are ideal places for some quiet relaxation and contemplation. The sound of water over rocks is therapeutic and hornbills flying across the river during the fruiting season are a glorious sight.

 
  • Single Jungle hut - 16 units

  • Twin hut-2 units

  • Kitchen cum dining hall

  • Male & Female bathrooms/toilets

  • Surau (Muslim prayer house)

  • Electric generator & water supply

  • Suspension bridge

  • Orchid garden

  • Herbal garden

  • Gazebo (wakaf)

  • Raft

  • Bertam Island (Activity centre)

 
 
 

Lubok Merekek Camp Site (max 140 pax)

 

 

Lubok Merekek is the first campsite to be reached by vehicle. It is about 500 meter from the Lubok Tapah Base Camp. This campsite, which has a white sandy ground, is suitable for picnicking. Beware! some sections of the river can be very deep. Here, fishing is only allowed with fishing permit obtained from Bekok office.

 

  • Camp site area

  • Kitchen cum dinning hall - 2 units

  • Toilet - 2 unit (each unit has male and female WC)

  • Water supply

  • Suspension bridge to Mersawa tree

 
Gazebo or `Wakaf?

Located around the base camp and at two scenic spots beside the Selai River. These are ideal places for some quiet relaxation and contemplation. The sound of water over rocks is therapeutic, and hornbills flying across the river during the fruiting season are a glorious sight.

 

Huts

There are 14 units of `pondok? (basic wooden huts). You will have to bring your own sleeping bags. Illumination at night is by l lamp.

 
 
 
 

PLACES OF INTEREST :

NATURE & NATIONAL PARKS - Endau-Rompin National Park

Kampung Selai - Attraction & Facilities

JOHOR - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA