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TAMAN NEGARA

Taman Negara or The National Park is located in the state of Pahang Malaysia. It lies 4 and 5 north of the equator within the headwaters of three river system; the Tembeling in the south, the Trenggan in the east and the Relai-Aring-Labir in the north and received rain throughout the year, around 2,200mm(lowland) and 3,800mm(mountain). Temperature during the day is average at 26 and at night 22 Celsius.

The national park or Taman Negara is one of the oldest tropical rain forest in the world. It is older than the jungles of Congo or the Amazon. Its lush tropical forest dates as far back as 130 million years.

It lies on sedimentary rock, remainder is granite and some scattered limestone. Interesting to know that a large part of Malaysia was submerged under water several million years ago and that volcanic and non volcanic islands emerged and drowned from time to time. Peninsular Malaysia only became land during the Jurassic era. Sedimentary rocks would normally yield fossils and the bulk of the fossils are found in Taman Negara. Ten percent are lowland area below 120m with many huge trees. The majority is covered with lowland dipterocarpaceous forest. Within the park are around 14,000 species of plants, 250 species of birds, around 200 mammals and as many as 240 species of trees can be found within a single hectare, compare with an average of seven for a European forest. Evidence of human habitation within part of Taman Negara almost 2,000 years ago came in the discovery of bronze artifacts along the Tembeling river. One small group of Orang Asli(Original People), the Negrito Batek, still live within the border of the park, gathering wild food and hunting with blowpipes as they have for countless generations.


In 1925, an area of 9,240 hectares surrounding Tahan mountain was gazetted as a Tahan Mountain Game Reserve by the British authority. Then in 1939, it was declared a National Park, through the states of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu under an enactment in 1938/9. It was named King George V National Park, named after the King of England. After independence in 1957, it was named Taman Negara. The creation of this park was due largely to the persistence of one man, Theodore Hubback, Chief Game Warden of what was then the Federated Malay States. He pestered the colonial government relentlessly for 15 years until the region was set aside for conservation in 1938. His enthusiasm was carried on by subsequent state and federal governments, and by the Department of Wildlife and National Park. Now, it covered a total of 4,343 sq km, seven times the size of Singapore.

Taman Negara is a fascinating sanctuary of nature's many splendors, ready to thrill holiday makers with a zest for adventure.

After a fascinating boat ride over crystal clear streams and sometimes shooting through swirling rapids, you will reach Kuala Tahan, the Park's HQ and it is from this point that your adventure begins.
You can observe a large variety of wildlife including the Sambar, Barking Deer, Tapir and sometimes Tigers.
Experience crossing the Park Canopy Walkway which is 25 metres high and over 400 metres which is the world's longest.
Enthusiastic anglers will find angling of fishes interesting in the many rivers of Taman Negara.
River trips must not be missed as you will be mesmerized by the breath taking view of our colourful flora and fauna.
Explore the caves and forest by mountain climbing and jungle trekking.
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