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Taman Negara
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Taman Negara Destination Guide

Overview
Taman Negara (National Park) is the first and the oldest official Protected Area in the country, which was originally named King George V National Park. Declared in 1938 by the Sultans of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu (during King George's Silver Jubilee), it was gazetted to preserve the land's indigenous nature in perpetuity. The park was renamed Taman Negara after the nation gained independence in 1957.

Taman Negara is the largest of all Protected Areas in Peninsular Malaysia with 4,343 sq km. The Pahang section of the park is the largest at 2,477 sq km, followed by Kelantan's portion at 1,043 sq km and Terengganu's at 853 sq km. The Peninsula's highest peak is Gunung Tahan at 2,187m.

Taman Negara is indeed one of the oldest rainforests in the world, estimated at 130 million years old. The abundance and diversity of nature is phenomenal, one of the world's most complex and rich ecosystems.

Recreation Facalities
Taman Negara is a 15-acre forest sanctuary. As one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world, the possibilities for eco-tourism are immense. Here, visitors will never lack for adventure or the opportunity to observe diverse species of animal and plant life.

Here are some of the offerings to be found at Taman Negara:

Canopy walkway - The world's longest. Suspended 25 meters above ground and stretching over 400 meters, it's an opportunity to see the various plants and animals that inhabit the topmost layer of the forest.

Jungle trekking and hiking - There are treks of different durations, some last up to nine days. Pre-trek preparation is considerable and a guide must accompany guests on long treks.

Mountain climbing - The more adventurous can try climbing Gunung Tahan, the highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia. This challenge demands will power, physical fitness, good equipment and a guide. The trail is 55km from MUTIARA Taman Negara.

Wildlife observation hide (Jungle hide) - Spend nights hidden up in the trees while waiting for a tapir, bear or elephant to appear. Most hides are built overlooking saltlicks, from which some animals obtain necessary minerals. Except for Bumbun Tahan, which is five minutes away, most require either a boat ride or a few hours walk to get to it.

Orang Asli Settlements - "Orang Asli", the local natives, are gentle folk who lead a nomadic lifestyle in Taman Negara. They are called Batek and their settlements are found along the trails, some are accessible by boat.

Cave Exploration - The Gua Telinga (Ear Cave) has an ear-like rock formation, while Gua Daun Menari (Dancing Leaves Cave) and Gua Kepayang are limestone outcroppings. Gua Telinga is 2.6km from Mutiara Taman Negara, while Gua Kepayang and Gua Daun Menari are 17.7km and 20.9km, respectively, away.

Fishing - One of the main attractions of Taman Negara, it's best carried out in the drier months of February to April and June to August. Anglers will need permits, which are issued at RM10 per rod.

Shooting the Rapids - Experience an exhilarating ride upstream on Sungai Tembeling. Prepare to get drenched as the boat negotiates seven sets of rapids along the 45-minute journey.

Bukit Teresek - Hike up this 334-meter hill and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Gunung Tahan and the forest canopies that cover the hills and verdant valleys below. Located 1.7km away from the resort, it can be reached in 45 minutes.

Lata Berkoh - A spectacular cascade with a deep pool below it and a rocky area overlooking the rapids. Located 8km from MUTIARA Taman Negara, it's an ideal spot for a picnic.

Four Steps Waterfall - The eastern flanks of Gunung Tahan and Gunung Gedong drop off very sharply into the headwaters of Sungai Tahan. One of the tributaries in the Ulu Tahan plunges and cascades spectacularly down the mountainside in what is known as the Four Steps Waterfall.

Flora Fauna
Over 10,000 species of plants, 250 kind of birds. Local mammals include mouse deer, barking deer, wild ox, and numerous monkey species. Tapir, elephant, leopard and tiger also present, though not easy to spot.

Getting There
By Road
If you are traveling from Kuala Lumpur, enter Karak Highway and E8 East Coast Expressway (LPT), 1 1/2 hour drive exit to Temerloh (Exit 819). From Temerloh Junction, head north to Jerantut town (45 minutes drive). It take another 50 minutes drive (70 KM) to Kuala Tahan (Taman Negara).

If you intend to travel by boat, proceed to Kuala Tembiling Jetty Point (20 minitue drive). The journey by boat to Kuala Tahan will take 3 hours.

By Rail
Train services are available from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The train passes Kuala Tembeling. From Kuala Tembeling, there is a half-hour walk to the jetty.

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