Land your catch. Fishing enthusiasts would find Taman Negara an angler's haven with the many riversand streams that run through it. Make a trip to the upper reaches of the Tahan or Kenyam rivers. The latter is the most popular spot for fishing while the more placid waters of the pools at the lower reaches of the former are also known to be teeming with fishes. The "Kelah" (Sceleropages Formosus), a fast and agile fish that weighs as much as 20 lb., offers an irresistible challenge to even the experience angler as it has been known to put up a terrific fight when caught. The months of February, March, July and August prove to be the best times to fish.
Wild Life Observation
The myriad of wildlife at the park can be seen and photographed from the many observation hides that are available here. If primates are your cup of tea, be prepared for some stiff necks as you look out for them among tree tops. The long-tailed macaque inhabit the riverbanks while the leaf monkey may be spotted on upper branches of trees. Family groups of gibbons and siamang stick to the forest canopy from which their loud chatter may be heard. Found inhabiting the lowland are mammals, which include the Malayan gaur or seladang, sambar deer, barking deer, wild pigs, tapir, elephants, tigers, leopards, sun bears, and the Sumatran rhinoceros. However, sightings of these mammal species are quite rare due in part to the density of vegetation and the shy nature of these animals. Observe the wildlife as darkness descends around you. This is a nocturnal activity well worth the effort. There are 6 hides scattered around the park. Within the relative safety of these hides that overlook salt licks and clearings, visitors get a chance to observe the animals as they quench their thirst licking up water and soil for essential salts in their body.
Jungle Trekking and Jungle Walks
Nothing beats a closer look at the 10,000 or more species of flora that can be found in the jungle paradise. The more active may prefer a tougher challenge of jungle trekking along the numerous trails in the park. Trekking along these trails may take as long as 9 days and require a certain level of fitness, but for some, it is a more rewarding experience of an authentic jungle adventure.
Alternatively, for those who prefer less excitement, jungle walks amidst sheer tranquility may be more advisable. Opt for leisurely walks through the lowland forest along scenic jungle paths beautifully landscaped by Mother Nature. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the jungle as you cross clear bubbling streams beneath the shades of century old trees. A short walk of 1.5km (from the resort) brings you to the Canopy Walkway, a suspension bridge of strong ropes, cable, net, and wood. Installed about 30 meters high and stretching over 400 meters, this is the world's longest canopy walkway. From here, you get a closer look at life at the top of the world's oldest rainforest.
Scale the Peninsula's highest peak. Gunung Tahan offers the heady excitement and challenge of mountain climbing to the adventurous. The trail leading up to the peak is 55km from the Taman Negara Rasort. The climb is strenuous and demands sound physical and mental fitness as the journey up and down the mountain takes and average of 9 days. Previous jungle trekking experience would, of course, be an added advantage although not a prerequisite.
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