Visit the enchanting Berembun waterfall in a 4WD and jungle trek through Lata Jarum forest to seek out the rare Rafflesia!
Berembun waterfall is located deep within the Benom range and is at a relatively high altitude with its surrounding forests remaining untouched. These features lend the waterfall area its cooler temperature, as the thick foliage of tall trees does their best to keep most of the sun’s rays out. Take a 45-minute off-road ride in a secure 4WD and make your way up and down hilly grounds to visit the waterfall. Berembun waterfall is one of Pahang’s most treasured natural gems and is definitely worth a visit, with its scenic settings perfect for a picnic or a rejuvenating swim.
Malaysians and Singaporeans have travelled the distance just to witness its beauty even though the trip to it is a long and rough one. The site of the waterfall is truly an enchanting one straight out of a fairy tale with its cool breeze emanating off the powerful cascades of water that flow down huge granite boulders. The waters of Berembun waterfall gush down a series of 7 or so cascades and are strong and cold. At the base of the waterfall is a natural pool that is large and deep, so if you want to swim, you must wear a life jacket.
Go trekking in the tropical forest of Lata Jarum to discover the Rafflesia, the world’s largest single flower of any flowering plant. It is usually believed that in Malaysia, the Rafflesia grows only in Borneo, but that belief is debunked by its presence in Lata Jarum forest in Peninsular Malaysia. The Rafflesia can range up to 100 centimetres in diameter and weigh up to 10 kilograms per flower. Its five large red petals are covered in warts, and the flower spreads wide open when in bloom, with an opening in its central chamber.
When it blooms, the Rafflesia will emit a stench that has been likened to rotten flesh. This attracts flies and other insects into its chamber to lay their eggs, therefore pollinating the flower. The Rafflesia has no need for photosynthesis as it is a parasitic plant, and instead, it feeds off its host vine. The bud lies dormant for up to 16 months and after blooming, it starts to rot within 8 to 10 days, so it is definitely a rare sighting to see a fresh one in these parts. It is a sight that one must experience when possible, as it is also a flower unique to very specific parts of Southeast Asia.
Travel through Ulu Dong to see the waterfall, Lata Jarum, a few kilometres’ distance from the village. Despite being a smaller waterfall, its cascades of water are strong enough to evoke a similar sense of peace one can achieve at the bigger waterfalls. At Lata Jarum, there is a huge pool at the base for swimming, wading or picnicking. The area is also shrouded in rich greenery, and the atmosphere is refreshing and invigorating.