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Endau Rompin National Park
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Endau Rompin National Park is in Malaysia.
Endau-Rompin National Park is the 2nd designated National Park of Malaysia. And rightly so, as it contains the world?s oldest rainforest and the volcanic rocks there date 240 million years! It?s 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. It also has some very unique flora and fauna. It has some of Malaysia?s best waterfalls namely Buaya Sangkut, Upeh Guling and Batu Hampar all within 2 hours trek of each other. Also you?ll get a chance to meet the tribal people of Peninsular Malaysia known as Orang Asli. The tribe that inhabits the park is known as Jakun.
A proper trip to see all the major highlights of Endau-Rompin National Park should take 3 days. Of course it?s not hard to spend a week what with the slow pace of life and very calm waters and forests. For the adventurous, you can go there by yourselves. Otherwise, it?s best to stick to the packages offered ? the Johor National Parks Corporation organizes the most reasonably priced ones.
Flora and fauna
There are 2 entrances to the Endau-Rompin National Park. You can either enter through Johor 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 Pahang National Parks Corporation. For the purpose of this travelogue, we?ll cover the Johor approach, as it?s the more popular, time saving and easier approach.
If you are driving, it?s better to take a 4WD, as there are no tarred roads for the last 20km of the journey, only mud track. However if you are daring, or ignorant like us, you can take a passenger car. You need to inform the Johor National Parks Corporation at least a week prior to your departure. Whether you are coming from KL, Johor Bahru and Singapore, use the National Highway and exit at Air Itam. Turn right at the exit and drive on for another hour to Kluang. Whatever supplies you need, you better buy them here. From here drive another 40km along the route to Mersing and you?ll reach Kahang. Your last petrol station before the Park is here. 3km from Kahang, there?s a sign on your right. Turn here and this is where your adventure starts. The first 35km is through plantations, a rather uneven and bumpy track in the beginning, followed by tarred roads and finally through flat red earth track. Then began the last 22km through uninhabited lush green forest. This is a mud track with a lot of protruding rocks. Potholes, wooden bridges that don?t allow room for mistakes, and elephant dung. We were doing quite well until it started raining. This is the ultimate test of your driving skills. The writer frequently lost control of the car and it was especially exciting and dangerous when we were going uphill or downhill. We were slaloming for most part. When we finally reached the Park headquarters, it was such a relief that we all made it in one piece. (See pic)
A safer option would be to take a package offered by the Johor National Parks Corporation where they will pick you up ex Johor Bahru, ex Kluang, or ex Kahang. Of course different rates apply depending on your pick-up point.
Handicraft Games ? About the only thing on sale there for visitors is the Orang Asli made games from bamboo. These cost RM 2.50 each and bascially tests your IQ in getting a rope entangled between the bamboo without breaking the bamboo.
There is only one restaurant in the Park?s premises ? at Kampung Peta. Our advice is to 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.
Our recommendation is for you to camp in the Park under the stars. The Park provides camping equipment (at RM 20 per pax) and your guide will help you set up camp. Otherwise, you can stay at the chalet (RM 80; max 2 persons) or at the dorm (RM 20 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.