Endau Rompin Johor National Park
Endau Rompin Johor National Park Reviews
Closer to Nature Jun 25, 2011
Endau Rompin National Park covers 91,462 hectare of virgin Malayan forests where 48,765 hectare is located in Johor and the remaining is in Pahang. It is situated on the Johor-Pahang border which is north of Johor and south of Pahang. The Endau Rompin Johor National Park is a member of the five national parks in Johor Including the Johor Tanjung Piai National Park, Johor Pulau Kukup National Park, Johor Gunung Ledang National Park and Johor National Park in Pulau Mersing. Endau Rompin National Park is the second largest national park endorsed by the Malaysian government the Peninsula after Taman Negara in Pahang. The Park has two gateways. One is at Peta, in Mersing district, and the other one is at Selai, in Segamat district.
Selai, Endau Rompin Johor National Park is one of the few remaining lowland forests in the country. Selai encompasses about 3233 ha area (two-thirds of the Park’s area).The jungle is cast away from the modern world and its technology. This national park is about 260 million-year-old lowland tropical rainforest which is the habitat of several rare and endangered species. There are rock formations found at the national park that date back some 248 million years. This shows that the park is mostly hilly with some outstanding sandstone plateau. Having highlands and lowlands, Endau Rompin forms the watershed area for several rivers such as Endau River, Selai River, and Jasin River. Part of its attraction is also tied up with the numerous legends and myth handed down through many years. According to an Orang asli legend, there was once a celestial princess who had a very powerful innate body heat. When she came down on earth, she released the heat from her body which led to drought. This caused the mighty river that flowed from Gunung Besar to become narrow and small that resemble a strip of rattan or ‘Sehelai Rotan’. Eventually the river was called Selai and the park later took this name.
There are many nature based activities that visitor can engage in the Park. The activities include nature photography, guided tours, bird-watching, night trek, self study and informal research. For more energetic and challenging experience, visitors can make arrangement for jungle trekking, canoeing, river rafting, water tubing, camping and picnic. There are also cultural activities such as animal trap demonstration and blowpipe demonstration conducted by Orang Asli Jakun.
This Park is near the town of Bekok in Segamat district. Here, due to the condition of the track, one can enter only by using 4WD vehicles. From Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru by the North-South Highway, on reaching Kluang, detour to Yong Peng town. Use the road to Segamat (federal route no.1). After about 25 km, the road passes through Chaah town. Proceed another 4 km to Bekok town where there is a Park office for visitor registration. From Bekok, another 21 km lead to the Park entrance at Kg. Selai. The address of Endau Rompin Selai Johor National Park office is No. 8, Jalan Satria 1, Taman Berjaya 86500 Bekok, Johor. The best way to go there is to take train and stop at Bekok station. The office is within walking distance from the train.Visitors should always register here before entering the park.
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