Experience the complete Taman Negara adventure where you'll see rare wildlife, explore ancient caves and take in all the splendours of this 130-million-year-old rainforest!
Day 1 - Kuala Tahan Jetty / Mutiara Taman Negara Resort
Transport yourself over to Kuala Tahan by 3:00 pm, where you can grab a water taxi to Mutiara Taman Resort. Once there, register for an Entry Permit and a Camera License with the Department of Wildlife so that you will be able to enter Taman Negara and photograph its wildlife. At 5:00 pm, head to the Interpretive Centre where a video show on Taman Negara’s flora and fauna will give you some idea of what sights and encounters you should expect on this trip.
After the video show, a buffet dinner awaits you at Seri Mutiara Restaurant, where you can feast. At 8:30 pm, meet up with your Nature Guide, who will bring you into the jungle on the Night Jungle Walk. On the walk, your guide will point out nocturnal plants and insects that you should keep your eyes peeled for. Giant millipedes may be making their way through the undergrowth as giant stick insects crawl up tree barks in the darkness.
Some mammals you should keep a look out for on this walk are deer and wild boars, as these are commonly seen animals in the area. More uncommonly seen are the tapirs, though if tonight is your lucky night, you might just come across a wandering one! Before long, the night walk will have come to an end, and you can return to your chalet for a good rest before tomorrow’s activities.
Day 2 - Kumbang Hide / Night Wildlife Viewing
At 7:30 am, make your way to Seri Mutiara Restaurant for your nutritious breakfast and stock up on your energy levels before your trek to Kumbang Hide. Any items that you intend to bring with you on this trek should be declared at the Department of Wildlife. Once you’re all set, off you go to Kuala Trenggan! You will be having your lunch en route.
You can expect to arrive at Kumbang Hide around 3:30 pm, well before the sun sets, for optimum trekking. Dinner will be prepared by your guide. While you wait, you can prepare for the observation of animals at the salt lick and for your sleep during your overnight stay at Kumbang Hide. When night falls, keep watch as animals such as tapirs and deer emerge from the jungle to get their mineral supplement at the salt lick.
Your ears will also be filled with the raucous chorus of frogs, cicadas, crickets and birds. Do not worry if you miss the sightings of the first few animals, as they will come back to the salt lick throughout the night.
Day 3 - Gua Kepayang Besar / Gua Kepayang Kecil
Your guide will prepare your breakfast, and in the meantime, you can pack up and get ready for another trek, this time from Kumbang Hide to Gua Kepayang Besar and Gua Kepayang Kecil. Located deep within the jungle, they are relatively undisturbed limestone caves. Gua Kepayang Besar’s roof is covered with thousands and thousands of roosting bats, and swiftlets call the cave their home, too. In the large chamber of Gua Kepayang Besar is where you will make your bed tonight.
Lunch and dinner are also prepared by your guide, so sit back and relax or lend a helping hand if you’d like. Wind down from today’s trek in the unique atmosphere of the cave.
Day 4 - Kuala Keniam / Gua Daun Menari / Gua Luas / Kuala Perkai
After breakfast, you will be trekking from Gua Kapayang Besar to Kuala Keniam. Stops will be made along the way to visit Gua Daun Menari and Gua Luas. Be entranced by the leaves dancing in the breeze at the mouth of Gua Daun Menari, bringing the cave’s name to life.
Gua Luas is a smaller cave that is perched upon Bukit Batu Luas, which is the tallest limestone hill in the vicinity. Once you’re done with your sightseeing, continue on your trek to Kuala Keniam, where a boat will wait to transport you to Kuala Perkai. You guide will prepare your lunch and dinner there.
At night, join in the fun of night fishing after being shown the ropes and try your hand at catching some fish! Fishing at night presents a new and exciting set of challenges that you will be sure to feel proud of yourself for overcoming. Return to your tent on land after you’ve had your fun and get some sleep.
Day 5 - Mutiara Taman Negara / Rapids Shooting / Orang Asli Settlement
Besides your breakfast, a morning fishing trip will wake you up, so go out and catch more fish and have that for your lunch! A boat will take you back to Mutiara Taman Negara Resort, but before you actually arrive you will embark on an adrenaline-filled activity of rapids shooting. Your boatman will navigate seven sets of mild rapids between Kuala Trenggan and Kuala Tahan. Prepare to get wet as you splash through rapids at the expert hand of your boatman!
If possible, you will stop by an Orang Asli settlement where you can take some time to make a few new friends and learn some practical skills from their way of life. Be awed by how their traditional practices have withstood the call of time and modernity, and have even enabled them to prosper in their own way. At 4:00 pm you should be back at the resort, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you like.
For dinner, you have a buffet waiting for you at Seri Mutiara Restaurant. Have your fill of delicious food, and tuck yourself into bed after. Try to fall asleep despite the excitement for the next day’s activities, as the rest will only make things better.
Day 6 - Canopy Walkway / Teresek Hill / Lata Berkoh
It’s your last day of planned activities at Taman Negara and we’re going all out by experiencing both land and water activities! First, you will trek to Teresek Hill and then go on the Canopy Walkway. On the trek, do not be disappointed if sightings of animals are scarce, as many are inactive during the day. Nonetheless, you can still appreciate the relative calmness of the jungle, especially towards noon.
At the top of Teresek Hill, feel free to take as many pictures as you want of Gunung Tahan’s tall summit against the backdrop of the sky if it can be seen. Trek back down and go onto the Canopy Walkway that hangs from 25 – 50m off the ground, secured to the tops of trees. Sway excitingly from the rope bridge and enjoy the sea of green surrounding you.
Next on the itinerary is a boat trip to Lata Berkoh, the home of cascading waterfalls and natural pools and jacuzzis. It’s practically a spa created by nature! Swim in the water with the litters of old, tall trees along the perimeter of the shore guiding you. When you’ve been rejuvenated, you can return to the resort for another buffet dinner at Seri Mutiara Restaurant.
Day 7 - Kuala Tahan Jetty
It’s your last day at Taman Negara. Check-out of your chalet and say goodbye to the place that provided you with the adventures you had on this trip. Travel safely back home.