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Endau Rompin National Park

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Endau Rompin National Park is in Malaysia.

Understand[edit]

Endau-Rompin National Park is the second designated national park in Peninsular Malaysia. Its name is derived from the two rivers through the park; the Endau river in the south in the state of Johor and the Rompin river in the state of Pahang in the north. There are 3 entrances which will take you to the Endau Rompin forest reserve which are Johor National Park (Selai), Johor National Park (Peta) and Taman Negeri Rompin @ Rompin State Park.The forest reserve contains the one of world's oldest rainforests and the rock formation there is dates back around 248 million years old. It also has some unique flora and fauna, including the endangered Sumatran Rhino (now declared as extinct in the wild), 253 species of birds recorded which make it as one of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA), mammals such as White-handed Gibbon, Raffles'Banded Langur and many more. It has some of Malaysia's best waterfalls namely Buaya Sangkut, Upeh Guling and Batu Hampar (JNP-Peta) all within 2 hours trek of each other, few Takah (waterfall) at JNP-Selai and Seri Mahkota Waterfall (Taman Negeri Rompin). Also you'll get a chance to meet the indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia, known locally as Orang Asli. The major tribe that call the park home is the Jakun.

A proper trip to see all the major highlights of Endau-Rompin should take 3 days. Of course it's not hard to spend a week to get lost amidst the breathtaking rivers and forests. Unless you're an experienced jungle trekker, it's best to stick to the packages offered – the Johor National Parks Corporation organises the most reasonably priced ones.

History[edit]

The Orang Hulu (Indigenous people) of the area tells a story of an old crocodile that lived in the pools above the waterfall. One day it floated downriver and got itself trapped between the boulders where its body formed the cascades of the fall. (buaya = crocodile, sangkut = trapped). Another less popular story but entertaining all the same tells of a family who lived by the banks of Sungai Jasin. The father dreamt of his son's death in the jaws of a crocodile that lived in the river. He took it as a warning and with that, moved his family upstream. The recurring dream drove the family further upstream pass the waterfall. True to the premonitions of these dreams, the crocodile had followed them. On climbing the fall, the croc lodged itself between the boulders and the father took this opportune moment to kill it. He made a drum from the leather of the crocodile and hung the drum high in the house. One day as the son was playing below the drum, it fell on him killing him instantly.

Landscape[edit]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Climate[edit]

The weather is generally hot and humid all year round. Temperatures ranges between 25 and 33 degrees Celsius.

Rainy season is between mid December to mid January.

Most appropriate clothing for the jungle are loose-fitting cotton long-sleeved shirts and long pants to help keep insects at bay. Leech socks are advisable.

Wear comfortable boots or sneakers.

Helpful to bring along a first aid kit, torchlight and insect repellent.

Visitors are requested to help the Department of Wild Life preserve nature' beauty by keeping litter and noise pollution to the minimum.

Get in[edit]

There are 3 entrances to the Endau-Rompin National Park. You can either enter through Johor (East or West) or through Pahang. A different entrance would mean a different adventure as the Johor National Parks Corporation manages the Johor portion of the park while the area encompassed by Pahang comes under the Endau Rompin Park Resort Sdn Bhd. With conjunction with its new re-opening, Endau Rompin State Park (Pahang) has changed its name to Taman Negeri Rompin @ Rompin State Park

The entrance to Taman Negeri Rompin (from Pahang) can be reached from Kuala Rompin. It is accessible by car and located approximately 30 minutes from Kuala Rompin and 1 hour from Mersing. The junction turn off to TNR is located at Kampung Selendang. Vehicular access is available all the way by tarmac road into Kinchin Base Camp. However long and heavy vehicles should exercise caution when travelling into TNR due to narrow roads and steep gradients. The park is already open for public since 15 of August 2020. Visitors can contact the operator via email to [email protected] or call +607-7991205.

The Johor Endau Rompin East approach (Kampung Peta) is the more popular, time saving and easier approach. If you are driving, it's best to take a 4WD. You need to inform the Johor National Parks Corporation at least a week prior to your departure. If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru or Singapore, use the National Highway and exit at Air Hitam. Turn right at the exit and drive on for another hour to Kluang. Whatever last minute supplies you need would be best bought here or you may purchase supplies from the mini mart located along the same street as the park HQ in Kahang. From here drive another 40km along the route to Mersing and you'll reach Kahang, where the last 2 petrol stations (Caltex & Shell) before the Park can be found. About 3km after Kahang, turn left at the park sign. The first 28km will be through oil palm plantations, a rather uneven and bumpy track in the beginning, followed by tarred roads for the last 22km before arriving at Kampung Peta.

The Johor Endau Rompin West entrance is near the town of Bekok near Segamat. Here, due to the condition of the track, one can enter only by using 4WD vehicles. Easiest way is to hop on a train and get off at Bekok station. Make sure you already made pre-arrangement with the operator before coming to ensure smooth trip.

Fees/Permits[edit]

Taman Negeri Rompin: Visitors entering TNR are required to pay the following entrance fees prescribed by the Pahang State Forestry Department in accordance with the schedule below:

No Category of Visitors Malaysian Non-Malaysian
1 Adults RM30.00 RM50.00
2 Child (3-12 years old) RM10.00 RM30.00
3 Senior citizen (60 years old and above) RM15.00 RM30.00
4 Disabled Free Free
5 School children groups of more than 30 pax RM100 RM200

Payment of the above entrance fees entitles visitor entry to the Rainforest Discovery Centre, Kinchin Base Camp public areas, Kinchin River canopy bridge, watch tower and Seri Mahkota Waterfalls.

Get around[edit]

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  • Kayaking & Swimming

Vital for the existence of life on Earth, river provides needs for both organisms that live inside or outside of it. One of many ways to understand the significance value of the river is to go on a journey along the hidden gem waterways, exploring the river view of Endau-Rompin by kayak. Get onto the kayak and our guide will quickly brief about the tips before starting the leisure kayaking journey upstream with a few stops for the guide to share his knowledge about the interesting flora and fauna in Taman Negeri Rompin. Once we reach Lubuk Duit, we will have a stop to rest and swim in the undisturbed clear water rapid while enjoying the peaceful view surrounded by the hundreds of million years’ old rainforest.

  • Jeram Panjang Trekking

A shorter walk in the jungle, Jeram Panjang trail is the option for those who want to have a leisure experience in the rainforest. This easy to intermediate 3.6 kilometer two way trail takes you to another wonder of Rompin State Park, to get a taste of our national treasure. Along the trail, the nature guide will share his knowledge about the herbs found within the rainforest, herbs that were once used by the people before us as well as introducing you to the wildlife spotted along the trail such as Cream-colored Giant Squirrel, one of the largest squirrel in South-East Asia! This trail is well known by the locals to be the path for a herd of Asian Elephants as a part of their long journey cycle in search for food and you may encounter the traces of them, the giants of the forest! At the end of the trail, you will stop by at the beautiful rapid stream. Do not miss the opportunity to get pictures of the memorable experience before heading back to Base Camp.

  • Lubuk Siku Trekking

Recommended to visitors of Taman Negeri Rompin who prefer a longer walking distance in the vast rainforest, this 6.1 kilometer two way interesting guided walk takes you closer to millions of years old rainforest of Endau-Rompin, which is known to be one of the oldest rainforest in the world.. Our experienced nature guide will share the knowledge about the flora and fauna of the forest and discover traces of wildlife that are found here such as the traces of endangered Malayan Tapir, evidence of their existence. This enjoyable trail will soon lead you to a relaxing sandy river where you may see a magnificent view of up to hundreds of fish swimming in a school together protecting themselves from predator. Enjoy the rainforest to the fullest before heading back to the Base Camp.

  • Bird Walk

Considered to be one of the most important IBA (Important Bird and Biodiversity Area) site in the southern part of peninsular Malaysia for the international conservation of bird populations, Rompin State Park is home to 253 species of birds! The richness of the flora available in the park has attracted bird species to call this place home and is capable of sustaining the variety of bird life. This activity is not just for bird enthusiasts, but for beginners too who want to dive into the world of birds and to get more knowledge about them. You may start your birdwatching through the road to TNR along the paddy field first where you may spot Asian Openbill, Black-winged Kite and Lesser Adjutant that is listed as vulnerable in IUCN Red List. Upon your arrival, continue your exciting birdwatching in search for rainforest birds within TNR and we highly recommend you to have an overnight stay to begin with early birding the next day. Buff-rumped Woodpecker, Scarlett-rumped Trogon, Black-and-red Broadbill and Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher are among the birds that you may see within TNR.

Endau Rompin East Entry from Kahang (Johore)

  • The Park Headquarters: The office is housed in a large and beautiful two level wooden structure. It has an excellent library with a collection of books, pictures and samples of plants and animals. One can easily spend half a day there. It has a superb suspension bridge, which spans about 100m over a pond. It also houses a few chalets, a dormitory, a canteen and the staff's houses.
  • Flora and Fauna: The park has some wonderful plants and animals. Occasionally, a herd of elephants might just wander in the vicinity. While hiking, you will come across various plant life, one of that is a species of giant fan palm, Livistona endaunesis, which can only be found here.
  • Boat Ride to Kuala Jasin: The first portion of your trip starts with a 45-minute boat ride through very calm waters of Endau river to Kuala Jasin. You board the boat from the Orang Asli settlement of Kampung Peta. The Park HQ provides you with a guide who also doubles as your boatman. The water is clear and superb for drinking. Occasionally you'll see schools of fishes. For most, you'll see dense forests on both sides of the river.
  • Upeh Guling Waterfalls and the Volcanic Rocks: From Kuala Jasin, it's a one and a half hour trek to reach the first stop, which is at Kuala Marong. On the way, there are a couple of river crossings, one of which is truly exciting during high tide as you really have to hold on to the ropes lest you get carried away by the currents. At Kuala Marang, there is a campsite as well as a huge wooden shelter and toilets. From here, a short 15 minutes away is the Upeh Guling Waterfalls, with a series of whirlpools formed by ancient volcanic rocks – supposed to be the oldest existing landmarks in Malaysia at 240 million years old! The waterfall is rather wide and short but we saw at least 4 levels/cascades. Good place to get a free massage from the falling waters.
  • Tasik Air Biru (Blue-Water Lake): 15 minutes east of Upeh Guling is Tasik Air Biru, a freshwater lake that is very calm, too calm. The water looks blue due to reflection of sunlight on the white rounded rocks at the bed of the lake.
  • Buaya Sangkut Waterfall: The next journey is to Batu Hampar waterfall that can be reached 40 minutes of walking. A nice waterfall to cool down and take some well needed rest, as the ultimate physical test begins here. From here, you climb a steep Semanggong Hill, which is 2307 feet. Use the rattan rope to assist you in climbing the hill, as the gradient is around 45 degrees. After a backbreaking 3 hours, you will reach the awesome Buaya Sangkut waterfall. This tall and scenic waterfall is your ultimate destination at the Endau-Rompin Park. Your guide will probably tell you the legend behind this waterfall.
  • The Orang Asli: They live at Kampung Peta, 15 minutes walk from the Park HQ. They lead a very simple life, selling handicrafts and pretty much self-sustained through farming, raising livestock or hunting. Don't miss the solar panels that dot their houses, which provide electricity.

Endau Rompin West Entry from Bekok (Johor)

  • The 4WD: This is a unique experience and the only means of reaching the chalet base camp at Lubok Tapah and the camping ground at Lubok Merekek. It is better to hire a local operator to bring you in as during the wet seasons the route is very challenging and treacherous.
  • Three Beautiful Waterfalls As the waterfalls are not within easy reach, they have remained pristine and almost untouched.

Takah Pandan has more than 50m of straight fall and is a spectacular sight. It is also the site for the water abseiling activity.

Takah Beringin is harder to reach due to the terrain and almost not passable during the wet seasons. The scenery surrounding the waterfalls is mystical and enchanting.

Takah Tinggi is the largest of the three has easier access but a longer walk but easier walk. The base of the waterfalls has a large pool teaming with fishes. No fishing is allowed as the area is gazetted as a fish sanctuary.

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Guided Activities (require pre-booking)[edit]

  • Kayaking & Swimming
  • Jeram Panjang Jungle Trekking
  • Lubuk Siku Jungle Trekking
  • Bird Walk

Non-Guided Activities[edit]

  • Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Seri Mahkota Waterfall
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Watch Tower

Endau Rompin West - Entry from Bekok

  • Orang Asli (Aborigines) Village
  • Rubber tube rafting
  • Night safari and Night Trekking
  • 4 x 4 off road adventure
  • Three beautiful waterfalls
  • Adventure Team Building
  • Water Abseiling
  • Jungle Survival Training
  • Hill Climbing at Gunong Tiong

Please take note that the rubber tube rafting, night safari & night trekking, 4 x 4 off road adventure, the three beautiful waterfalls namely Takah Tinggi, Takah Pandan and Takah Berangin , adventure team building, water abseiling and jungle survival training are referring to activities available at Endau Rompin Selai or Endau Rompin West (the entry point is from the town of Bekok) in West Johore.

Endau Rompin East - Entry from Kahang

  • Orang Asli (Aborigines) Village
  • Water Rafting from Kuala Jasin
  • Fishing at Kampong Peta
  • Hill Climbing Janing Barat

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Handicraft Games – About the only thing on sale there for visitors is the Orang Asli made games from bamboo. These cost RM2.50 each and basically tests your IQ in getting a rope entangled between the bamboo without breaking the bamboo. According to an article in The New Straits Times [1], the toy is used as an offering to the forest spirits (Orang Bunian) in the situation that they get lost.

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Rompin State Park @ Taman Negeri Rompin is implementing zero plastic policy. Therefore visitors are not allowed to bring outside food in order to avoid littering. Food is can be purchased at the cafeteria.

Johor National Park via Peta There is only one restaurant in the Park's premises – at Kampung Peta. Bring your own food and cooking utensils. The Park provides a free canteen that has a gas stove, piped water as well as some utensils, but these utensils are not well kept. If you are camping, bring a portable gas stove as you are not allowed to start a fire on the ground.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Milo and Teh Tarik FTW

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Make sure you use two mattresses.

Lodging[edit]

You can stay at the chalet (RM80; max 2 persons) or at the dorm (RM20 per person) at the Park HQ. Both the chalet and dorm are comfortable. Of course, the only complaint is the mosquitoes, so you'd better bring your insect repellent along. At the time of writing (September 2011) dorm mattresses are infested with flees. Anti-histamines can help with itching from their bites.

Camping[edit]

The Park provides camping equipment (at RM20 per person) and your guide will help you set up camp.

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Don't travel at night as visibility is low. Don't drink unboiled or stagnant water. If you have to, look for a moving stream with clear running water. Don't eat any fruits or plants unless you know they are edible. Don't leave camp without informing others. Don't stray away from other trekkers. Safety in numbers. Stay healthy. Don't take unnecessary risks like climbing rocks and trees. Important items that a trekker must possess - a large knife and waterproof matches or lighter. Check with your guide or expedition leader whether it is safe to swim in the river. Rivers may look safe but if there are heavy rain up stream, the river water level may swell in a very short time and can sweep away even a very strong swimmer.

Tips if you get lost[edit]

If you are lost, back track and check your bearings before continuing. Stay put because it would be easier for the rescue teams to locate you than if you were to wander around aimlessly. Listen to the sounds of water, either stream of river. Follow it downstream until it leads you back to civilisation. Always think of self-preservation and never take unnecessary risks. Try to leave some sort of mark along your path by systematically slashing leaves or tree barks so that you can find your way back if necessary. Don't run because you may trip up and hurt yourself.

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