The popular ecotourism and adventure destination of Malaysia, Taman Negara is a national park teeming with wildlife, and rare flora and fauna. Reputed to be the oldest tropical rainforest in the world, it is also home to scarce animals like the Malayan Tiger, Asian elephant and Sumatran Rhinoceros. Take to the Taman Negara canopy walkway and see nature from a mesmerising height
Access to Taman Negara is through the town of Kuala Tahan, which is located across the river from the national park headquarters and is the perfect base for exploring the rainforest. It boasts reasonable transport connections, plenty of accommodation and a handful of stores selling necessary basics to see you through your trip. You’ll be using this grassy township as a base to help you explore the magical reserves of Taman Negara. There aren’t any banks or ATM machines in Kuala Tahan, so make surely you come well prepared.
Make your way to the visitor centre and book yourself onto one of many amazing expeditions. Go on jungle hikes, night time tours and many other activities you can book. Experience the park’s natural attractions such as hiking, fishing, exciting cave-exploring and 4WD safaris that help you drive deeper into the jungle. Take your breath away on the Canopy Walk, a long suspension bridge high above the cascading treetops that visitors can walk and catch glimpses of exotic birds and unique plants.
Go on a night safari to see plants that only bloom at night, glow-in-the-dark fungi and intriguing nocturnal creatures, like hooting owls, leopard cats and harmless water dragons that are usually green but have slanted stripes of green or turquoise on their body. You also have access to amazing panoramic views in Taman Negara by climbing Teresek Hill, which also provides opportunities to see rare birds and wild boars.
While you’re exploring all that this enchanting rainforest has to offer, don’t forget to delve further into the culture of indigenous groups. Visit the settlements of the Orang Asli, (indigenous people), and learn more about their age old traditions and tips for surviving in the jungle, you never know when they’ll come in use.