Splash down the rapids of Jeram Besu with white water rafting, go on a 4WD expedition to Berembun waterfall, feed and bathe elephants on a visit to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary and make some friends at the Orang Asli village nearby!
With its Class 1 to 3 rapids, white water rafting down Jeram Besu river is sure to be a memorable adventure. Beginners and experienced rafters alike will definitely be entertained by the antics of the rapids. Jeram Besu is a popular white water rafting destination in Malaysia, considered to be one of the best spots for the activity. Malaysians and Singaporeans are willing to travel down to Pahang just to experience the rapids.
Before you get to go off on your raft of 6, you will have to undergo the mandatory water confidence course. This course is meant to prepare and train you for what lies ahead through exercises like floating, sitting and paddling, as well as how to resurface from a capsize. In the “man overboard” exercise, the last portion of the preparation course, you will jump from an edge into the roiling waters of the “Mother Rapids”, and emerge from the water a tougher person! Finally, the best part is here: it’s time to get paddling and navigate those rapids!
If you think the rapids will be the only rough ride on this adventure, you would be mistaken. No adventure is one worth taking on if it doesn’t leave you with some bruises to remember it by! Hop into a rumbly 4WD that will take you deep into the Benom range to go see the secluded Berembun waterfall. The terrain that the 45-minute journey will travel through is undeveloped, and therefore thriving with verdure.
Berembun waterfall is situated at a relatively high altitude in the midst of thick greenery. Shaded by the canopy of tall trees, the waterfall area is scenic and cooling. Powerful currents of water gush over 7 or so cascades to gather in a large and deep pool at the base of the waterfall. It is possible to swim in the pool, but it is recommended that you do so while wearing a life jacket. The boulders that line the perimeter of the pool make for great makeshift picnic tables, so pack some light snacks to enjoy!
After these rougher activities, wind down with a pleasant trip to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Lachang. This sanctuary houses elephants who have had their habitats encroached upon by development. The team at the sanctuary are dedicated in their efforts of locating, subduing and translocating these mistreated elephants. Over 700 elephants have passed through this sanctuary after successful rehabilitation, and this has contributed to the reduction in elephant population decline.
The sanctuary also puts effort into educating the Malaysian public on the plight of these elephants through various public awareness activities. The elephants are also trained in aiding translocation efforts alongside being rehabilitated. Adult Asian elephants and calves, some orphans, reside here, and visitors can feed them bananas and sugarcane on their visits. Visitors can also bathe with the adorable calves in the river.
Pay a visit to the Orang Asli village just a slight distance away, too. The villagers here are of the Che Wong tribe, one of nineteen original Orang Asli groups that reside in Peninsular Malaysia. Their humble homes are usually made of nipah, rattan, wood or bamboo. Though these villagers may be shy at first, if you maintain a friendly and respectful attitude, you will find yourself with new friends before long.