Trek through Lata Jarum forest in search of the majestic Rafflesia flower and visit the serene Lata Jarum waterfall, then make your way to Jeram Besu river for the Flying Fox and some abseiling!
On a good, cool day, trek through the lush tropical forest of Lata Jarum in search of a Rafflesia in bloom. The Rafflesia is the world’s largest single flower of any flowering plant and grows exclusively in certain parts of Southeast Asia. It is a common perception that in Malaysia, the Rafflesia grows only in Borneo, but its presence in Lata Jarum forest in Peninsular Malaysia proves the belief false. This majestic flower can grow up to a length of 100 centimetres in diameter and 10 kilograms in weight.
Upon blooming, the Rafflesia releases a stench that has been said to smell like rotting flesh in order to attract flies and other insects that will flock to the flower. These insects will then lay their eggs in the chamber of the flower, and these actions aid in pollinating the flower. A parasitic plant, the Rafflesia has no use for photosynthesis and feeds off a host vine instead. It truly is a one-of-a-kind flower and the opportunity to see one is rare, with the opportunity to see one in bloom is even rarer, so definitely do not miss this chance and may you have the best of luck on the search!
The Rafflesia is not the only interesting thing to see at Lata Jarum forest, as there is also the Lata Jarum waterfall. Just a few kilometres from Ulu Dong village, this waterfall is slightly smaller in size compared to other well-known waterfalls in Malaysia. However, its size does not take away from the sights and sensations it can offer to you. It still has an impressive pool at its base that is ideal for a swim or even just to have a picnic by.
For a more hair-raising adventure, try out the Flying Fox that extends over the incline of the Jeram Besu river. It is a zip-lining activity, consisting of a pulley suspended on a cable which is mounted along the length of an incline. From its origin as a way that goods and people were transported to and from hard-to-reach areas, it has now become a popular vacation activity at outdoor adventure camps or resorts. The Flying Fox will definitely have you screaming or laughing all the way.
It is one of the easiest and most fun activities one can do, as the bulk of the effort needed to actually do anything will be at the part where you need to climb up the stage attached to a tall tree. Once you’re on the top of the stage, it’s all smooth sailing the rest of the way down. Lift your legs and let go, as gravity will do the rest for you. Enjoy your time in the air, let the wind whip your hair around, and once you’re on the ground, just go back up onto the stage for more!
You will also be doing abseiling along with the Flying Fox. Abseiling is a technique that people use to descend steep, vertical walls or cliffs. Its name is derived from the German word abseilen that mean “to rope down”. Before you try your hand at it, you will put on your abseiling gear, get a briefing and a live demonstration from an experienced abseiler. When you’re ready, make your way up to the top of the wall via a ladder, and begin your descent down 3 stories’ worth of wall!