Experience Taman Negara like never before on this 6-day adventure that take you through the jungle and rivers of this 130-million-year-old rainforest!
Day 1 - Kuala Tahan Jetty / Mutiara Taman Negara Resort
By 3:00pm, you should be on a water taxi that transports you from Kuala Tahan to Mutiara Taman Negara Resort for your check-in to your chalet. Do register for an Entry Permit and Camera License immediately so your adventure can begin without a hitch. Take the rest of the afternoon off and unpack.
The Interpretive Centre will hold a video show on the wildlife that can be found in Taman Negara at 5:00 pm to prepare you for what you might meet in the next few days. At 7:00 pm, a buffet dinner is served at Seri Mutiara Restaurant. Fill yourself up with an array of food and prepare for the Night Jungle Walk. A Nature Guide will be with you on this adventure to provide you with titbits of information on the organisms you may come across.
Mammals that may make an appearance are deer and wild boars. Count yourself lucky if you come across a tapir that unintentionally graces you with its presence on its forage for food! Do not be surprised if you come across some curiously large millipedes or stick insects, as they are common organisms that make the dense forest their home.
Day 2 - Kumbang Hide / Night Wildlife Viewing
You can have your breakfast at Seri Mutiara Restaurant at 7:30 am, and go down to the Department of Wildlife at 8:30 am to declare your belongings so that you may be able to bring them with you into the jungle. The trek from the resort to Kuala Trenggan will commence at 9:30 am. Carry on through the trek and replenish your energy with lunch en route.
Expect to arrive at Kumbang Hide for your overnight stay at around 3:30 pm. Dinner will be prepared by the guide, and once night truly falls, certain animals will make their way to the salt lick. Sambar deer, Barking deer and tapirs are common sightings in the area as they seek out salt deposits to get their mineral supplement. Don’t fret if you miss them the first few times, throughout the night, they will frequent the salt lick again as long as they remain undisturbed.
Day 3 - Gua Kepayang Besar / Gua Kepayang Kecil
Get ready for a day of trekking and cave-exploring! Your adventure begins after breakfast and starts with a trek from Kumbang Hide to two limestone caves – Gua Kepayang Besar and Gua Kepayang Kecil. Be awed by the sheer size of Gua Kepayang Besar that is able to accommodate well over a hundred people in its chamber.
A tent will be set up for you to spend your night in. The squeaking of bats and clicking of swiftlets as they echolocate will provide background noise as you go about your nightly activities. Lunch and dinner will be prepared by your guide.
Day 4 - Kuala Keniam / Gua Daun Menari / Gua Luas
Breakfast is provided by your good guide, and you will begin your trek away from Gua Kepayang Besar. Trek towards Kuala Keniam and make stops by Gua Daun Menari and Gua Luas to check them out. At Gua Daun Menari, witness leaves perform a dance for you at the mouth of the cave if there is a breeze that picks them up. Look up at the roof of the cave and see a mass of Roundleaf bats roosting away from the light of day.
Gua Luas is an uphill trek to Bukit Batu Luas, the tallest of all limestone hills in the vicinity. After visiting it, you will continue on your trek to Kuala Keniam, where a boat will bring you back to the resort. A packed lunch is provided to nourish you on the trip. The next activity on the list is the rapids shooting between Kuala Trenggan and Kuala Tahan, where your boatman will navigate through seven mild rapids. Expect to get wet, so be sure that you make the necessary preparations in advance so your belongings don’t get ruined!
A visit to an Orang Asli settlement might be on the itinerary if the situation allows for it. Make some new friends who could teach you skills that have been lost through modernization! After your visit, the boat trip will end at late noon, back at the resort. Check-in, unpack and unwind, then have yourself a hearty buffet dinner at Seri Mutiara Restaurant.
Day 5 - Teresek Hill / Canopy Walkway / Lata Berkoh
At 8:00 am head down to Seri Mutiara Restaurant for your breakfast and stock up on your energy before the jungle trek to Teresek Hill and the Canopy Walkway. The trek will take a few hours, and those few hours will be well-spent amongst nature. Teresek Hill is home to a dense population of rainforest growth, and the canopy will provide plenty of shade as you make your way up the hill. At the top of the hill, look for Gunung Tahan’s summit and take all the pictures you want!
The Canopy Walkway is a rope bridge that runs along the canopy of trees, and a walk along it is definitely an adventure on its own. The sea of green around you is a sight to behold, and to be suspended high off the ground can be refreshing for some. Stock up again on your energy levels with lunch at Seri Mutiara Restaurant, then embark on a boat trip to Lata Berkoh at 2:30 pm.
There, cascading waterfalls and natural pools await you. Rejuvenate yourself with a well-deserved swim or dip in the water. It’s a natural spa for those who are optimistic enough. After the earlier activities of today, the rest of the day is meant to help you wind down before your trip back home tomorrow. End your night with a buffet dinner at Seri Mutiara Restaurant.
Day 6 - Kuala Tahan Jetty
This is the end of your trip at Taman Negara. Breakfast is served at Seri Mutiara Restaurant, and then you will have to check-out of your chalet. Have a safe trip back home.