This park encompasses the watershed of the rivers Endau in Johor and Rompin in Pahang and comprises some 488 sq. km of forest. Lush and relatively untouched, it is one of the few remaining lowland forests in the country.
It is of major conservation significance due of the diversity of the habitats and species found within. A scientific expedition carried out in 1985 and 1986 identified 25 new species of plants within the area and its rocks and hills have been estimated to be 248 million years old. Scientific interest aside, it is also a heaven for adventure seekers. Part of its attraction is also intrinsically tied up with the numerous legends and myths handed down through the years.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Lowland Dipterocarp Forest
The forest abounds with the famous fan palm of the ‘Livistona endauensis’ variety which is indigenous to the region. Other interesting plants include the ‘Rhopa Coblaste’, more commonly known as the ‘climbing bamboo and the walking stick palm or ‘Phychorapis Singaporeansis’, identified by its slender stems and feather like leaf fronds, there are also many varieties of toadstools and orchids.
Tigers, elephants and wild boar are some of the animals to be found here. The largest surviving population of Sumatran rhinoceros in Peninsular Malaysia is also found within the park. Others include the binturong or bear cat (Arctictis Binturong) and the white handed gibbon, the only ape species in the region.
Birds And Butterflies
The forest is also home to the chirping drongos, hornbills and Argus pheasant. Butterflies and the fruit piercing months of the genus ‘Othreis’ can be seen flitting through the trees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facilities within the park are extremely limited at present.
USEFUL INFORMATION / 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.
- All visitors are required to report to the officer on duty at the Registration Centre in Kampung Peta.
- 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.
- Visitors are not allowed to overstay beyond the specified period.
- All visitors are required to engage the registered guides of the National Parks Corporation.
- Visitors who wish to hire boat services can inquire from the officer on duty.
- Visitors are prohibited to make unnecessary noise while in the park to avoid disturbance to the wildlife.
- All empty cans, surplus food and rubbish have to be taken out of the park, and disposed at designated disposal areas.
- Access to the park is only allowed through the specified entrances as determined by the National Park.
- No fishing or angling is allowed in the park except at specified areas and period.
- Bathing and swimming are only allowed at specified areas – swimmers must be in decent swimming attire.
- The National Parks Corporation disclaims responsibility for any mishap, accident or loss of belongings to any visitor while in the park.
- Visitors are strictly forbidden from:
- Bringing into the park any machinery, weapon, explosive, trap, poison or dangerous item.
- Hunting, killing, hurting, trapping, or disturbing any flora and fauna, habitat or destroying birds nests and eggs.
- Chopping, hurting, destroying or burning plants and objects which have geological, archaeological, historical and scientific importance.
- Carrying into or purposely allowing reared animals entering into the park.
- Displacing or moving any animals or plants out of the park, dead or alive.
- Displacing or moving out of the park any minerals or objects of geological, archaeological, historical or scientific importance.
- Destroying or incapacitating any living or dead objects in the park.
- 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.
From Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru by the North South Highway, on reaching Kluang detour to the Kahang town. There, a 4WD vehicle will will take you for a 56km jungle track to Kampung Peta, the visitors centre and the point of entry to the National Parks or 3 hours journey by boat from Felda Nitar II.