Endau Rompin, located north of Johor and south of Pahang, is the second National Park proclaimed by the Government of Malaysia. It covers an area of approximately 50,000 hectares of rich flora and fauna, encompassing the watershed of the rivers Endau and Rompin, from which it derived its name.
The park is home to many species of birds, mammals, frogs, insects and many other wild animals, as well as varieties of orchids, herbs, medicinal plants and trees. A scientific expedition undertaken by the Malaysian Nature Society in 1985 uncovered some new and rare plant and animal species. One of the most spectacular discoveries was the fan palm (Livistona endauensis), endemic to the Ulu Endau area.
This centuries-old rainforest is also home to the largest surviving population of Sumatran Rhinos still left in Peninsular Malaysia. Primates, including the leaf monkey, the long-tail macaque and the white-handed gibbon are a common sight. Other wild animals inhabiting the area include tigers, leopards, elephants, and various types of deer and tapirs. There are also numerous rapids and falls awaiting adventure lovers and river trekkers here.
Photos below give you a good idea of it's make up.
We took a taxi from Singapore to the small town of Kahang (there are also buses). Park officials picked us up from there and took us to the park in a 4X4. Allow for plenty of time, as the last 50km of "road" to the park is slow going, through thick mud and over very rough terrain. A bit hair-raising but our driver never missed a beat.
Our traditional-style wooden house on stilts, set among jungle trees and gardens with local flowers at Peta, was comfortably furnished and clean. There were mosquito nets on the beds and fans throughout. We couldn't get the hot water to work but didn't bother about it as there was no need in the steamy weather.
Meals eaten at the outdoor dining area are solid local fare, as are the packed lunches, tasty but perhaps a bit strange to the Western palate, so take plenty of snacks if you are a fussy eater.
Staff are friendly and relaxed, and the atmosphere is generally casual. English was somewhat of a problem, as it was with our willing and capable guide. A variety of guided walks are available, through spectacular rain forest, to waterfalls, pools and mountains. I would have liked more in-depth information about the flora and fauna. There are also boat rides and kayaking. Some in our party were bitten by leeches but they are easily dealt with.
We didn't see much in the way of wildlife, beyond birds, monkeys, squirrels, bush pigs, a snake, monitor and other lizards and a tantalising glimpse of an elephant's backside. If seeing animals is your aim, arrange to spend a night at the education centre, where there are spotlights and a covered area where you can watch for animals in a cleared patch.
You can also tour the tiny settlement in the park, get a demonstration of crafts, indigenous trapping and blow-pipe techniques (which I was assured are no longer used since the advent of the fowl). Try not to be freaked out by the tethered monkey and the state of some of the dogs. T
he staff were happy to take us to Mersing, for a few extra ringgit.
A great place to go for a no-frills, back-to-nature break to see awesome rainforest scenery.
Sounds like they had fun…...