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TAMAN NEGARA

Taman Negara or The National Park is located in the state of Pahang Malaysia. It lies 4 and 5 north of the equator within the headwaters of three river system; the Tembeling in the south, the Trenggan in the east and the Relai-Aring-Labir in the north and received rain throughout the year, around 2,200mm(lowland) and 3,800mm(mountain). Temperature during the day is average at 26 and at night 22 Celsius.

The national park or Taman Negara is one of the oldest tropical rain forest in the world. It is older than the jungles of Congo or the Amazon. Its lush tropical forest dates as far back as 130 million years.

It lies on sedimentary rock, remainder is granite and some scattered limestone. Interesting to know that a large part of Malaysia was submerged under water several million years ago and that volcanic and non volcanic islands emerged and drowned from time to time. Peninsular Malaysia only became land during the Jurassic era. Sedimentary rocks would normally yield fossils and the bulk of the fossils are found in Taman Negara. Ten percent are lowland area below 120m with many huge trees. The majority is covered with lowland dipterocarpaceous forest. Within the park are around 14,000 species of plants, 250 species of birds, around 200 mammals and as many as 240 species of trees can be found within a single hectare, compare with an average of seven for a European forest. Evidence of human habitation within part of Taman Negara almost 2,000 years ago came in the discovery of bronze artifacts along the Tembeling river. One small group of Orang Asli(Original People), the Negrito Batek, still live within the border of the park, gathering wild food and hunting with blowpipes as they have for countless generations.


In 1925, an area of 9,240 hectares surrounding Tahan mountain was gazetted as a Tahan Mountain Game Reserve by the British authority. Then in 1939, it was declared a National Park, through the states of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu under an enactment in 1938/9. It was named King George V National Park, named after the King of England. After independence in 1957, it was named Taman Negara. The creation of this park was due largely to the persistence of one man, Theodore Hubback, Chief Game Warden of what was then the Federated Malay States. He pestered the colonial government relentlessly for 15 years until the region was set aside for conservation in 1938. His enthusiasm was carried on by subsequent state and federal governments, and by the Department of Wildlife and National Park. Now, it covered a total of 4,343 sq km, seven times the size of Singapore.

TAMAN NEGARA IN BRIEF

Size: 4,343 sq km

Highest Point: Gunung Tahan (2,187 meters)

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.

Activities: Jungle-trekking, white-water rafting, fishing, guided nature walks (Please note that Taman Negara is a restricted area. All bookings and reservations must be made in advance at the reservations office in Kuala Tahan).

Getting There :

By Road: From Kuala Lumpur, the road journey takes about three hours. Travel to Jerantut by way of Mentakab or Raub. From Jerantut, Kuala Tembeling is sixteen kilometers north. Follow signs from Kuala Tembeling to the jetty.

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.

Taman Negara is a particularly favorable destination for trekking, as the park's remarkable biodiversity is matched by a good network of jungle trails and the availability of expert guides. The park is also noted for fishing, especially along the upper reaches of the Tahan or Kenyam rivers, and for rafting the rapids of Sungai Tembeling. Peninsular Malaysia's highest mountain, Gunung Tahan (2,187 meters), is located in Taman Negara, and climbing the mountain is an unforgettable experience. Due to the scarcity of water along the route, the journey must be done in two stages, and an experienced guide is compulsory. At least three days are required for the journey to the summit and back. On the southern edge is Kuala Tahan, the park's headquarters, linked to the outside world by river. A three-hour river trip is the only overland route; an alternative is to take a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara Park headquarters at Kuala Tahan with chalets, restaurants and campgrounds is located in 4,343 square kilometers of the world's oldest rainforest

Taman Negara is a fascinating sanctuary of nature's many splendors, ready to thrill holiday makers with a zest for adventure.

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After a fascinating boat ride over crystal clear streams and sometimes shooting through swirling rapids, you will reach Kuala Tahan, the Park's HQ and it is from this point that your adventure begins.
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You can observe a large variety of wildlife including the Sambar, Barking Deer, Tapir and sometimes Tigers.
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Experience crossing the Park Canopy Walkway which is 25 metres high and over 400 metres which is the world's longest.
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Enthusiastic anglers will find angling of fishes interesting in the many rivers of Taman Negara.
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River trips must not be missed as you will be mesmerized by the breath taking view of our colourful flora and fauna.
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Explore the caves and forest by mountain climbing and jungle trekking.



MUTIARA TAMAN NEGARA
Mutiara Taman Negara is an eco-tourism resort with 108 rooms offering a variety of accomodation types ranging from typical Malay timber chalets, bungalows to guest houses. Also available are dormitories, hostels and a 2.5 acre camping ground. Tents and sleeping bags are available for hire. CLICK HERE


HAN RAINFOREST RESORT TAMAN NEGARA
Han Rainforest Resort is located in Kuala Tahan, the gateway to National Park Taman Negara. The Resort offers 100 guest rooms, Suites and Bungalows and offers the best facilities for your exciting holiday experience. CLICK HERE


XCAPE RESORT TAMAN NEGARA
Xcape Resort (formerly known as Woodland Resort) welcomes you to one of the oldest tropical rain forest in the world - Taman Negara National Park. Built on a 4 acre piece of land, the resort is situated within the Kuala Tahan Village and it is just a few minutes walk to the park headquarter.Full range of accommodations are offered by the resort ranging from chalets suites, bungalows & hotels, providing various choices of comfortable and ideal long stay accommodation. CLICK HERE


TRV MOTEL & LODGE
TRV Motel is the latest addition to in TRV’s budget lodging group of motels and lodges. Located only 800 metres away from Tembeling riverbank along Kuala Tahan main road, which is the main entrance to Malaysia’s world-famous Taman Negara (Malaysian National Park) and easily accessible by road, TRV Motel Kuala Tahan’s strategic location makes it a very popular choice amongst self-drive visitors to Taman Negara. CLICK HERE


MAT LEON VILLAGE TAMAN NEGARA
Mat Leon Village offers budget accommodation located at Kuala Tahan, the gateway to National Park Taman Negara. The Village offers 10 chalets and hostels for those who want experience the Village embience. CLICK HERE

 

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