Taman Negara was established at the Titiwangsa Mountains in Malaysia.

Taman Negara was established at the Titiwangsa Mountains in Malaysia.

Overview of Taman Negara

• It was established in 1938-1939.
• This was established as the King George V National Park.
• It was renamed to Taman Negara after independence.
• This means “national park” in Malay.
• Taman Negara covers a total area of 4,343 km².
• It has a reputation as the world’s oldest tropical rain forest.

Taman Negara encompasses three states:
– Pahang
– Kelantan
– Terengganu
• Taman Negara Pahang is the largest at an area of 2,477 km².
• This is followed by Taman Negara Kelantan at an area of 1,043 km².
• Then is Taman Negara Terengganu at an area of 853 km².
• The park has been developed into a famous eco-tourism destination in Malaysia.
• There are several geological and biological attractions in the park.
• Gunung Tahan is the highest point of the Malay Peninsula.
• Climbers can use Kuala Tahan or Merapoh as their departure point.
• Taman Negara is the home of some rare mammals. They are such as:
– Malayan Tiger
– Crab-eating macaque
– Sumatran Rhinoceros
– Great Argus
– Red Junglefowl
– Malayan Gaur (seladang)
– Asian elephant
• The rare Malayan Peacock-Pheasant is still found here in some numbers.
• Tahan River has been preserved to protect the Malaysian mahseer which is a type of game fish.

Others attractions found near Kuala Tahan include:
• A canopy walkway
• Gua Telinga (cave system)
• Lata Berkoh (rapid)

Visitors can enjoy:
– Tropical rain forest
– Bird watching
– Jungle trekking
– River views along the Tahan River
– All visitors to the park must get permits from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

Summarized facts about Taman Negara

• Location : Malaysia
• Nearest city : Kuala Tembeling
• Area : 4,343 km²
• Established : 1938/1939
• Governing body : Department of Wildlife and National Parks

What to see at Taman Negara?

1. Animals of Taman Negara in Taman Negara
• Malaysian gaur or seladang
• Sambar deer
• Barking deer
• Wild pigs
• Tapir
• Elephants
• Tigers
• Leopards
• Sun bear
• Sumatran rhinoceros
• Monkeys
• Long-Tail Macaques
• Tiger

2. Insects and Birds in Taman Negara
• Over 1000 species of butterflies
• Over 300 species have been recorded in Taman Negara. They are:
– Hornbills
– Fireback pheasants
– Fishing eagles
– Kingfishers
– Masked finfoot
– Broadbill
– Drongo
– Blue-throated bee-eater

3. Reptiles & Amphibian in Taman Negara
• More than 100 species of both snakes, frogs, Crocodiles & Alligators, Lizards, Turtles and Tortoises are re corded here.
• Crocodiles & Alligators: 22 species of crocodilians

4. Lata Berkoh & Waterfall Cascades
• This is a popular spot for swimming in clear and cool water.
• Beware of strong currents.
• Do not stray too far from the bank.
• You can reach Lata Berkoh by boat ride.
• It costs RM 160.
• The boat ride is a unique experience.
• Enjoy the sound and sights of the jungle.
• Half way to Lata Berkoh one can stop by the Kelah Sanctuary.

5. Kelah Fish Sanctuary
• The Kelah fish is a culinary delight of the locals.
• They are known for their sweet flesh.
• It is absolutely delightful when steamed fresh.
• You can feed these friendly fishes here with food.
• Food can be bought from the Rangers.
• Stand bare footed in the river.
• Watch as they come to nibble at your feet.

6. Videos on Indigenous flora & fauna
• There are videos shown at the Interpretive Room.
• Timings: 8.45 PM daily

7. Tahan Wildlife Observation Hide
• See some wildlife
• It is best to stay overnight.

Things to do in Taman Negara

Jungle Trekking: Climb Bukit Teresek (Teresek Hill) which is a 334m high hill.
Canopy Walk: Walk across the longest Malaysian suspension bridge in the world, at 530 m and 25 m-40 m high.
Visit the Orang Asli Settlements: “Orang Asli” means “original people” in the Malay.
Night Walking Safaris: View nocturnal plants and animals in an easy hour guided trek from the Ranger’s headquarters.
Night 4WD Safaris: See kingfishers, hornbills, otters, monitor lizards and more.
• Fishing: best in the drier months of February to April and June to August. Permit costing RM10 per rod is necessary.
Shooting the Rapids
Bird watching
Climb Gunung Tahan
Cave Exploration:
– Gua Teliga (Ear Cave) has rock formation in the shape of an ear.
– Gua Kepayang
– Gua Daun Menari (Dancing Leaves Cave)

Best time to visit / climate

• The dry season runs from February to September.
• This is the best time to visit the park.
• The peak tourist season is from April to August.

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How to get there?

The easiest way to get to the park is through an arranged service from Kuala Lumpur.
For self trip:
• Take a bus or a train to Jerantut.
• Costs RM19 from Kuala Lumpur.
• Then take a taxi from Jerantut to the jetty at Kuala Tembling.
• It costs RM16.
• The river boat leaves from the jetty at Kuala Tembling.
• Timings: 9AM and 2PM for Kuala Tahan.
• This is 60 km journey.
• It takes 2-3 hrs.
• It costs RM35.

For a cheaper option without the boat:
• Take the public bus from Jerantut directly to Kuala Tahan.
• Costs RM7
• Timings: 5:30AM, 10AM, 1PM, 5PM

NKS buses
• NKS buses are more expensive than public transport.
• They are a useful option if you are on a tight schedule.
• Contact the Jerantut office at Hotel Sri Emas.
• Phone +60 9 2601777, +60 2601773, +60 2664488, or +60 2664499.
• There’s also an office in KL at the Hotel Mandarin Pacific, Petaling Street, and Chinatown.
• Ph: +60 3 20720336
• 75 bus takes from Kula Lumpur Mandarin Pacific Hotel, China Town via Jerantut to Kuala Tembeling as well as the final boat trip to Kuala Tahan.
• A taxi can be taken directly from Jerantut to Kuala Tahan.
• Takes 1 hr.
• Costs MR70.

Own transport
• Drive to Kuala Tahan.
• Parking is available at the hotels.
• From East Coast Expressway, exit at Temerloh and proceed to Jerantut.
• You will reach a T-junction.
• Turn right to Kuala Tahan – 75 km.
• The journey is a 3.5 hr from Kuala Lumpur.
• There are plenty of road signs.
• Drive across estates of palm oils and winding roads.
• The northern entrance is at Sg Relau near Merapoh.
• There is an express bus from Kuala Lumpur to Gua Musang which stops in Merapoh (RM26).
• There is also a railway station.
• Sg Relau is 7 km from Merapoh village.
• There is no public transport or taxis.

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