Published: Thursday, 15 February 2024 15:17
TAMAN Negara stands as a bastion of ancient wilderness. Spanning over 4,343 square kilometres, this sanctuary is not just a park but a journey back in time to when nature reigned supreme. It is believed to be among the oldest rainforests on Earth, a living museum showcasing a biological diversity that is both rare and awe-inspiring.
Declared a conservation site in 1938, Taman Negara's history is as deep and complex as its dense canopies. Originally named the Gunung Tahan Game Reserve, it was an area dedicated to the protection and preservation of indigenous flora and fauna.
Its transition to Taman Negara, which translates to 'National Park', was more than a rebranding; it was a commitment to safeguarding natural heritage perpetually.
WHERE THREE STATES MEET
Straddling the borders of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang, Taman Negara is a cross-state park that offers a plethora of experiences for the eager explorer. The park is a treasure trove of primaeval jungle, home to towering trees, cascading waterfalls, and secretive wildlife that have thrived for over 150 million years.
ACCESSING THE UNTOUCHED
Embarking on the journey into Taman Negara is an adventure in its own right. Whether opting for the rustic charm of a riverboat ride down the Kuala Tembeling River or taking the more direct route by road, each path leads to an extraordinary encounter with nature's majesty.
A PLACE TO REST
Accommodation in Taman Negara blends comfort with nature. Establishments like Mutiara Taman Negara provide a serene setting to unwind after a day of adventure. For those seeking a more intimate connection with nature, guest houses and lodges like Tebing Guest House and Taman Negara Riverview Lodge offer a more rustic experience.
ENDLESS ADVENTURES AWAIT
The Canopy Walk invites you to view the world from above, while the forest trails beckon the bold to discover hidden enclaves within the jungle's embrace. For a cultural immersion, visits to Orang Asli villages reveal the wisdom of the forest people and their harmonious way of life.
AQUATIC THRILLS AND SERENE SPILLS
The river's rapids offer adrenaline-pumping rides, contrasting the peaceful boat trips to Lata Berkoh's tranquil waters. The Kelah sanctuary invites you to commune with aquatic life, while the forest's night symphony sets the stage for nocturnal wildlife observations.
A BIRDER'S PARADISE
With over 380 bird species, Taman Negara is a haven for birdwatchers. The lush biodiversity here provides endless opportunities for sighting rare and exotic birds in their natural habitat.
REACHING TAMAN NEGARA
The gateway to this ancient rainforest is the town of Jerantut, a mere 16 kilometres from the Kuala Tembeling Jetty, where the journey to Taman Negara begins. Regular taxis and buses ply this route, making the rainforest accessible to all who seek its wonders.
Source - NST
Published: Thursday, 15 February 2024 15:04
PERCHED among the clouds on the Titiwangsa Range, Fraser's Hill whispers the legacy of its colonial past through its misty highlands and emerald sweeps of cool, lush forests. With its unique blend of British colonial architecture and verdant Malaysian terrain, this tranquil hill station offers a serene getaway from the relentless pace of modern life.
The ascent to Fraser's Hill is a journey back in time. Travellers wind along a narrow, climbing road controlled by a gate system, ensuring a peaceful, unhurried experience. Here, among the rolling peaks, one can find a variety of accommodations from charming Tudor cottages to modern hotels and resorts, each nestled within stunningly landscaped gardens and towering pines.
NATURE'S PLAYGROUND AND BIRDWATCHER'S PARADISE
Fraser's Hill is an outdoor enthusiast's delight. Its cool climate and abundant greenery make it an ideal spot for golfing, nature walks, and bird-watching. Renowned for its biodiversity, the area serves as the stage for the annual Bird Race, drawing ornithologists and enthusiasts eager to catch a glimpse of rare avian species.
EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
For those looking to delve deeper into the highland's secrets, the nature education centre provides valuable insights into the local flora and fauna. The hill's trails beckon hikers to explore, while the serene lake offers opportunities for boating and fishing, adding to the hill's tranquil allure.
CULINARY DELIGHTS AND COSY RETREATS
No visit is complete without sampling the gastronomic offerings. From the sumptuous steaks at SmokeHouse to budget-friendly local eateries, there's something to satisfy every palate. Those looking to extend their stay can choose from several hotels, including Shazan Inn and The Hill at Fraser Hill, providing cosy accommodations and warm hospitality.
Fraser's Hill offers a diverse range of activities to suit all interests. Here's a beginner's checklist for those overwhelmed by the choices:
- 1.Enjoy a guided nature walk or venture on one of the many trails.
- 2.Participate in the serene practice of bird watching.
- 3.Challenge yourself with a round of golf at the Fraser's Hill Golf Course.
- 4.Experience the tranquillity of boating or fishing at the lake.
- 5.Explore the jungle through numerous trails or engage in outdoor activities at one of the conferences and seminars.
- 6.Relish a picnic amidst the highland's natural beauty.
- 7.Indulge in a game of tennis or squash, or learn about the environment at the Nature Education Centre.
- 8.Adrenaline enthusiasts can try whitewater rafting or mount ain biking, while more leisurely pursuits like horse riding and archery await at the paddock.
Only 100km from Kuala Lumpur, Fraser's Hill beckons via the convenient Karak Highway or the scenic route from Kuala Kubu Baru. The journey from the Gap to the hill, now more accessible with improved roads allowing two-way traffic, promises its own adventure.
Source - NST