You are lost and the worst thing you
can do is to continue walking and drain yourself. Access
your condition. Ask yourself: What do I need to do today,
right now, to survive? How long can the food you packed
last? Prioritising and do the most important chores first
can help save your life.
The looming nightfall and darkness is lost trekkers worst
enemy. It’s also the time when 90% of wildlife come out to
hunt and find food - that’s you, if you’re not careful. If
nightfall is drawing near, looking out for a safe shelter to
spend the night should be your priority.
Go with the flow
Chances are, you fair better getting lost in the rainforest
than anywhere else. Our forest is mostly damp and most
plants are soaked in dew in the mornings. Collect dew and
rain water with large leafs. Small stream in the jungle is
mostly pristine and is safe to drink. Also remember, the
smallest tickle always strings itself to a bigger waterway.
Go with the flow and you’d usually end up near a river – and
Although it’s not easy to find natural resources dry enough
to start a fire in the damp forest, some resins, like the
keruing tree’s, and bark strips are good fire starters. Look
out for natural shelters.
Young Leonard Hendrik and Milos Johed
who got lost in 2005 in Bau, Sarawak made a cave their home
for two nights before being found. Note what wildlife eats
in the forest; monkeys are the best indicators. If it’s
edible to them, it is most probably to you too.
Break off branches at eye-level, 5 feet above the ground,
along the path to help rescue team track you. One can also
leave heaps of stones, piles of branches or leafs for the
same purpose. A whistle never fails to draw attention and
its piercing shrill can echo far.
When making a smoke signal, you get more smoke by adding
leaves than wood to the bonfire. Understand that from the
air you’ll be a tiny dot. Find an open spot where the plume
can rise beyond the forest canopy.
Caveat - take care not to start a forest fire and jeopardize
Getting along with
Walking around the rainforest is not like walking through
the carnivorous exhibit’s cage in the zoo wearing a sheep’s
skin. Carnivorous animals like to mark their territory and
leave plenty of clues.
Survival Kit –
Comprehensive list of essential items
- Water purification tablets (iodine)
- Knife (sturdy fixed-blade knife with a 4” to 6” blade)
- Butane or similar lighter (in a waterproof container even
if it's just a zip-top plastic bag)
- Metal match (magnesium fire stick)
- Waterproof matches (in waterproof container)
- Kindling (Vaseline coated cotton balls, pre-charred cotton
material, natural materials)
- A smaller knife for more delicate work (folding
multi-tool, but be selective. Most tools are useless for
- A small fine-grade knife sharpener. I dull knife is
There are plenty of small
- Snare wire
- Parachute cord (small-diameter nylon rope)
- Signaling mirror
- Fish hooks and line
- Small LED flashlight
- Small alcohol wipe packets
- Tetracycline tablets for diarrhea or infection
- Immodium (diarrhea is extremely bad in the tropics as
staying hydrated is your #1 priority)
- Antibiotic ointment packets or small tube (Neosporin or
- Surgical blade
- Butterfly sutures
- Insect repellent packets (small rubs are better than
lotion and can often be reused)
- Sleeping bags
- Needles and thread
- An epipen if you’re allergic to insect stings
- Life-sustaining personal medication
- Pen and notepad
When you should
carry a survival kit?
Basically, anytime you venture off into the great outdoors,
you should have the fundamental essential: fire-making
tools, a knife, a few water purification tablets, and if
you’re going to be around water, some fishing line, sinkers,
hooks and line. If you’ve got room for a compass, take one.
Please click on the
individual photos below for a bigger image
Scenes of Endau Rompin jungles
HEALTH & FITNESS
We recommend that would-be-adventurers
take regular exercise a few weeks’ before the said activity.
If you suffer regularly from severe stomach, muscular,
chest, heart or bronchial disorders, are a severe asthmatic
or have high blood pressure, epileptic fits and pregnant,
you are strongly advised AGAINST participating.
choosing a trail, be sure that you have enough time to
complete the entire route before darkness falls. Do not
stray off the path to chase after animals.
judgment regarding the fitness level required for the
trek and know your physical limits.
inform the park officials or let someone know of your
plans and destination for the day, especially if going
plenty of water and pack a few easy to eat snacks to
keep energy level up. Unless trekking with a local
guide, it is not advisable to eat jungle fruit or drink
from rivers and streams.
highlands try to trek on the ridge tops to save energy
traversing the steep slopes and catch a cool breeze.
quiet as possible to avoid scaring any wildlife. Getting
an early start during the dawn provides the best chance
to sight animals seeking food and the warmth of the
early morning sun.
thin, loose, preferably cotton clothing to remain
arms and legs with long trousers and long - sleeved
shirts to ward off mosquitoes and to provide protection
against thorny plants.
leech socks or long socks to prevent leeches from
finding an entry way.
sturdy footwear with proper ankle support and good
prepared for sudden rain showers by carrying a poncho
that wraps over both body and your carrying pack to keep
brimmed hat helps to shade a trekker from the heat of
the tropical sun.
Endau Rompin Survival - Trekking in the jungle
Malaysia: UMAI TIDUR DI CELAH BATU,
MINNUM AIR SUNGAI 19
Oleh SHAMSIAH ZULKAFLI
KUANTAN 26 Feb
2008 . – Langsung tidak menjamah makanan dan cuma minum
air sungai serta setiap malam kesejukan tidur di celah
batu adalah antara pengalaman perit Nur Umaisarah
Sameaun, yang hilang selama 19 hari di Gunung Tahan.
menahan lapar dan cuma meneguk air dari Sungai Putih
sejak hilang dari kumpulan rakannya pada pagi 7 Februari
lalu, tidak membuatkan gadis berusia 21 tahun itu
berputus asa untuk terus bertahan.
mengatasinya dengan cara setiap kali tiba waktu makan
tengah hari atau malam, dia memejamkan mata dan
membayangkan dirinya sedang menikmati hidangan yang
ditanya mengenai rahsia kekuatannya bertahan tanpa
makanan sepanjang berada di dalam hutan, Nur Umaisarah
terlalu lapar dan berlaku beberapa insiden menyebabkan
saya cedera tetapi saya tidak pernah panik, mungkin
itulah yang memberi kekuatan untuk saya terus bertahan.”
Pada tahun 1997,
saya juga pernah mengikuti ekspedisi mendaki gunung
tertinggi di Semenanjung ini. Dalam banyak-banyak gunung
yang pernah saya daki termasuk gunung tertinggi di Asia
Tenggara (Gunung Kinabalu), ternyata Gunung Tahan
memiliki cabarannya yang tersendiri. Hanya sesiapa yang
benar-benar 'tahan' saja layak untuk menawan puncak
yang tersesat dalam ekspedisi tersebut membuatkan saya
'recall' semula pengalaman ekspedisi saya 11 tahun lalu.
Saya juga boleh rasakan bagaimana payahnya beliau
meredah denai dan sungai secara berseorangan tanpa
seorang yang cukup cekal, berani, gagah dan tabah dari
segi mental dan spiritual apatah lagi ketika menghadapi
semua rintangan. Bukan semua orang terutamanya wanita
dapat menguasai diri dari perasaan takut apabila
menjelang waktu malam. Apatah lagi jika pernah mendengar
kisah-kisah mistik yang ada sekitar Gunung Tahan.
Suasana malam di
hutan belantara amat berbeza sekali. Macam-macam boleh
terjadi. Binatang buas boleh muncul pada bila-bila masa.
Jika anda tidak risaukan gangguan mistik atau binatang
buas sekalipun, harus diingat haiwan berbisa seperti
lipan dan jengking ada di mana-mana di dalam hutan.
Begitulah risikonya bermalam di dalam hutan, apatah lagi
selama 19 malam.
Oleh itu saya amat
kagum dengan semangat yang ditunjukkan oleh Umaisarah
yang terpaksa menghadapi pelbagai cabaran dan ritangan
semasa beliau sesat selama 19 hari di dalam hutan. 19
hari hidup dalam keadaan serba kekurangan sememangnya
memeritkan terutamanya apabila kehabisan bekalan makanan.
terbesar dalam kes survival Umairah ini datang dari
Body, Mind and Soul beliau. Beliau tidak panik, minda
beliau dalam keadaan tenang dan tidak stress,
membolehkan beliau terus befikiran waras termasuk
memahami konsep visualization atau tidak, namun beliau
telah mengaplikasikannya dengan baik sekali. Beliau
membayangkan apa yang beliau minum itu sebenarnya adalah
satu hidangan yang lazat.
beliau juga amat kuat, kerana beliau sama sekali tidak
pernah meninggalkan solat 5 waktu dan sering berdoa
kepada yang Maha Kuasa. Dengan kuasa spiritual yang ada
dalam diri, beliau yakin bahawa Allah SWT akan
melindungi dirinya sepanjang sesat di dalam hutan.
Gabungan Minda dan
Spiritual ini turut membantu Body (jasad) beliau untuk
terus bertenaga. Dengan cara ini minda separa sedarnya
akan menghantar signal kepada seluruh jasad beliau
memberitahu supaya mempercayai apa yang diminum itu
adalah makanan yang lazat dan berkhasiat membolehkan
badan beliau terus gagah mengharugi cabaran hari-hari
seterusnya dengan kuasa Allah.
Minda, Pengalaman, Visualization
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 5:24 PM
story told by Leslie
Nevison originally published on 3rd January 2000
I am earthbound in Malaysia's Endau-Rompin National
Park, a hushed and darkened rainforest more ancient
than the jungles of Africa and South America. I have
come to hike and camp for four days among this aged
Goliath timber that impairs both my real and inner
It is different outside the forest. When the day's
hike is over and I lie in the river is when I most
love the jungle. Then I can make some sense of its
scale and appreciate its dramatic verticality and
picturesque disorder, hear the whoops of gibbons,
the whines and whoosh of large hornbill wings and
their wooden spoon rattle. From within, old growth
forests are a force of many trees; from without, the
vegetation closes ranks and becomes one steaming
entity. Such fertility doesn't promote existential
thoughts, or much thinking at all, although I
faintly hope for such harmony with the divine that a
herd of elephants will loop tails and breach the
water. When I tire of waiting for their trunks to
swing aside the vines and creepers like beaded
curtains, I return to the campsite where my guides,
Dana and Machang, are preparing dinner.
I found Dana, a Kuala Lumpur resident whose hobby is
exploring Malaysia's wildernesses, through his email
address listed in a guidebook. He warned me of
Endau-Rompin's differences: unlike another of
Malaysia's protected forests, Taman Negara, there is
no resort, restaurant, bottled water, cold drinks,
or canopy-walk, swaying footbridges suspended
between tree-tops that allow two-legged creatures
the perspective of arboreal ones--birds, butterflies
and monkeys--found in greater numbers at that
elevation in sunlight that never reaches the ground.
The natural world of the forest floor is as
compelling as a rainforest's roof, but there is no
novel method to aid visitors in its discovery other
than hands-on experience. Sixty thousand people
visit Taman Negara every year, one-tenth that number
goes to Endau-Rompin. I made arrangements to meet
Dana in Johor Bahru, the Malaysian city across the
border from Singapore. "Good," he said, in greeting,
"you look strong."
Endau-Rompin National Park's 870 square kilometers,
roughly one and a half times the size of Singapore,
shares the Johor and Pahang State border. As of
1994, Johor State--where most of the park's
attractions open to tourists are located--has
assumed its administration. Although a more
adventurous approach is nine hours by boat from the
coastal town of Endau along the Endau River, most
visitors arrive at the park by car through Johor
State. As did we, leaving the highway at Kahang to
follow a rough, red laterite road that dissected
fifty kilometers of palm oil and rubber trees in
rows as uniform as fences. Such plantations now
cover seventy percent of Malaysia. They are a
fitting entrance to the park, reminders of what it
strives to protect: one of the best lowland
rainforests left in the country; plant species new
to man; the last Malaysian habitat of the Sumatran
rhinoceros and small populations of tigers and
It was the dwindling numbers of rhinoceros that
spurred the 1985/86 research by the Malaysian Nature
Society (MNS) that ultimately led to the park's
creation. Ironically, it was a road that allowed
them to do it by providing access to publicly funded
volunteers who documented hundreds of unique species
of plants and animals. It was a daunting task.
Fashioned by volcanic eruptions 150 million years
ago, Endau-Rompin's terrain alternates between steep
mountains and sandy plateaus, a factor which has
thus far spared it from developers but which made
the conservationists' first forays into the forests
that more problematical. The park is divided into
three zones on the recommendation of the MNS: an
area for tourists and trekkers offering basic
A-frame huts, campsites and marked trails; an area
for researchers and park rangers that is to remain
undeveloped; and a retreat for the reclusive
rhinoceros encompassing over half the entire park's
area. In high isolated ridges, days of walking
distance from permitted paths, are where the
rhinoceros roam, estimated at the time of the MNS
study, to number, sadly between five and twenty. It
is unconfirmed but believed that the rhinoceros
count has not increased.
Park regulations require that aboriginal guides
accompany visitors. Dana has taken as many as three
on longer trips. We hired one: Machang.
Indigenous groups in modern Malaysia, which account
for less than one percent of the population, are
known collectively as Orang Asli or "the first
people." Twenty-one-year-old Machang belonged to the
Orang Hulu or Jakun, the "upriver people." Long
before he was born, Machang's tribe--traditional
hunters and gatherers and fishermen--settled
permanently in Kampong Peta, a village of three
hundred people just outside of the park and the site
of its headquarters. We were Machang's guests for
lunch. Fried greens, eggs, a jackfruit curry, rice
and chili sauce were placed on the floor in front of
us. We ate with our hands. Adult family members,
their children and cats too numerous to count, came
and went in the wooden house.
Peta felt to me like a remote and precious place,
which wasn't entirely a romantic notion because the
lack of a surfaced road has kept Peta removed from
the outside, and by comparison, it is a sanctuary.
It was hardly an accurate assessment, however. Peta,
as elsewhere, is in a state of flux. The Asli once
poled single log canoes to the coast and back for
supplies, an undertaking that took three days, so
they rarely went. The forest sustained them. Now
their lands are a national park and the Asli its
employees. Those who work as guides must seek
employment elsewhere during the November to February
rainy season when the park closes. They need money
for petrol, rice and packaged foods.
After our meal, we divided the supplies between
packs. With the men hoisting the food supplies, we
then filled a tipsy, shallow, motorized canoe that
deposited us somewhere upriver. Dana scrambled into
the foliage, leaving his charges to awkwardly
follow. It was the last time that my boots were dry
or my clothing clean.
This was not my private adventure. I had company, a
European couple, who were dedicated amateur
astrologers and in Malaysia to catch a solar
eclipse. There was portly Ratnam, the driver, second
bearer and cook's helper, who was as quiet as Dana
was chatty. Dana, with his wild, white hair that
another man would have tied into a fashionable
little ponytail, deservedly commanded the attention
as the impassioned advocate of the environment. He
so loved the jungle that he had planted a miniature
forest in his own backyard, his jungle away from
home, where he sought refuge from city living and
the pressures of his career in journalism. Finally,
there was Machang, who always brought up the rear on
the trails, treading barefoot on brown leaves.
I sat with my feet dangling from the covered cooking
platform of Kuala Marong, our camp for two nights.
Bed was the unresisting floor of an unstable hut
made from strips of bark from a hardwood tree,
protection I was nevertheless thrilled to have, even
when rain of carwash velocity burst through its
roof. Dana was chopping mushrooms and banana leaf
flowers for his soup that bubbled on a butane stove.
The revelation that we would eat well because
cooking was another of his skills and enjoyments was
one of those surprising and satisfying bonuses of
travel that we wish happened more often. Directly
ahead was the jungle vista of my imagination, two
rivers cleaving the green at their confluence. A
species of cicada cried as though in grief, a sign
that night was approaching. Heard only at dusk, the
tiny winged insect instills terror in the Asli, who
believe that it sucks blood from human victims like
a vampire. I looked at Machang who squatted at ease,
smoking a cigarette within the circle of gaslight. I
found him mysterious. He slipped away and reappeared
at will, a spirit whose transformations I continued
to miss. While we struggled across rivers with
uncertain footing, Machang possessed supernatural
powers of locomotion, making him the ideal caretaker
of cameras and money pouches. He was never wet. His
sense of time completely fluid, he would get up in
the middle of the night to eat leftovers or to
request an English lesson from Dana.
Machang's people have had contact with the world
outside their forests for over 150 years, mainly for
economic reasons. Early Chinese loggers to the area
gave some of the Asli Chinese names, which they use
interchangeably with tribal ones. Some name their
new daughters after Malay actresses and singers,
known to them from television and magazines.
Pictures of celebrities decorated a wall inside
Machang's wooden home. In Kampong Peta, the people
who were nomads have long since passed on, the
forest now an ancestral home, although many still
hunt its boar and mouse deer or collect its fruits,
roots and nuts. The Asli continue to treat the
forest with reverence, not only because it is a new
source of income for those employed as guides, but
also because they are animists. I was told that it
was wise to seek permission from a tree before
urinating under it. Failure to do so could result in
spirit possession, the effects of which sounded like
a particularly nasty way of spending the night. In
deference to local beliefs, I muttered "permit me
please" when I had to use the woods. Far more
worrying was the thought of exposing more flesh to
the tenacious leeches.
At night, the jungle was magnificent. All the
heavens blazed in the corridor between riverbanks
and pulsing fireflies, small suns fallen to earth,
were pinpricks of electricity in the trees. But the
nights were really about noises: identifiable ones
like the river, night hawks, frogs and insects that
mimicked footsteps on gravel, the clicking of
knitting needles, or telephones; and sounds that
defied placement--the rustling that could be
insects, leaves, rodents, reptiles or ghosts. I
rarely slept well but this was because of an aching
abductor muscle, dipping temperatures, my camp
mates' snoring, or all three.
The mornings were equally special: dissipating mist
rose from the river surface like vapor from a
boiling tea kettle, Dana had coffee on and French
toast or pancakes in progress. After breakfast, we
hiked while Dana instructed: the ages of trees with
twenty feet diameters (300 years); palms with barbed
branches (aptly known as "traveler's woe"); the
winding vines on a trunk that face the rising sun
where they twist (a compass); vines that contain
potable water (indispensable if you're lost and
thirsty); wood that makes the strongest walking
stick in the world (also useful for injuries); thick
moss that cools trees (natural air-conditioning);
purple, wild orchids (exquisite beauty); and
moss-green pitcher plants, a flower of fragile and
pretty appearance that conceals its carnivorous
appetite. To know the jungle was to begin to see
beyond the trees.
Batu Hampar and Upeh Guling, the cascades and
waterfalls on the youthful Jasin River, were the
destinations of our hikes. Waterfalls provide visual
and physical relief from sticky heat and are adored
in Asia. Upeh Guling was the more spectacular of the
two, gargantuan boulders inset with deep depressions
referred to as "bathtubs", reputedly formed by
trapped stones in crevasses whirled by forceful
water over centuries like coins in a washing
machine. Above Upeh Guling was the much larger
waterfall with the curious name of Buaya Sangkut, or
crocodile hanger, reached by a longer and more
difficult trail that was not included in our
Because I awoke on the third day feeling the
onslaught of a miserable cold, I also missed
climbing the seven hundred meter high hill called
Janing Barat where Malaysian Nature Society
botanists had discovered a new fan palm called the
Livistona endauensis, which had evolved separately
in the poor, sandy soil to the exclusion of other
plant life. Janing Barat is a natural plantation of
Livistona palms, their sheer numbers and low height
depleting oxygen and reducing light. Another
sandstone plateau of comparable steepness and height
to Janing Barat is Padang Temabong, believed haunted
by the Orang Hulu. The park intends opening it to
trekkers next year.
What wasn't in park literature was a place called
The Blue Lagoon, named after the corny Hollywood
movie by courting Malaysian Nature Society staff,
who expended great efforts for privacy because it
was a twenty-minute wade downriver to get there. It
was neither blue nor a lagoon but its reputation was
justified, a transparent pool that reflected a
vaulted ceiling of green boughs. While I admired it,
a noisy and thick rain descended with drops the size
of birds' eggs and the weight of pebbles. It was to
continue for the rest of the afternoon and most of
the night, silencing the usual string orchestra of
insects that, like us in camp, waited it out
Rain is one of the delights of the rainforest
because it eliminates the desire to stay dry, an
obsession that can ruin the experience and only when
you have sacrificed your last set of clothes to the
wet can you fully appreciate it. You will never take
a more atmospheric bath than in a rain-charged river
with diaphanous condensation clouding the canopy.
The aftermath of the deluge is less enjoyable. The
river that we had crossed to get to the Kuala Marong
campsite had swelled with rainwater and was too high
to cross back safely. We had to detour overland to
Kuala Jasin, our next camp, a not overly strenuous
hike of several hours but the trail was saturated
and several bridges that were necessary to negotiate
were nothing more than slimy logs. I silently cursed
every jungle spirit before it was over. It was the
trek, however, that I would remember best, because I
finally witnessed Machang's movement from one world
to the next. After a colony of nipping red ants
repelled us from a blocked trailhead, Machang
assumed leadership of the group. After calm and
careful consideration, he chose an entry point to
the extreme right of where we had attempted to
penetrate the overgrowth. We followed him
obediently. With his parang, a Malay machete, he
slashed a route in a large L-shape; where the letter
ended, he began its reverse image, and so on, over
and over, creating a link of three-sided squares,
until we connected with the trail, clear of debris
further in. The Asli use this pattern to forge a new
path or seek a lost one, explained Dana. Without a
word, Machang resumed
his position behind me. When I looked over my
shoulder, he was gone.
I realized then that the forest had revealed itself
best to me through Machang. Knowing that he shared
his future with the forest made me hopeful for the
successful outcome of whatever changes they both
faced. It was why the image of Endau-Rompin that I
took away with me was not just of towering trees,
but also of Machang in camp mixing pancake batter,
his favorite breakfast introduced to him by Dana. He
fried two at a time, one on each side of the wok,
applying the same focus that he would to fishing,
hunting, tracking, or, as I discovered, drawing. He
struck me as innocent, but should a wild boar have
threatened us at that very moment, he was capable of
killing it...a man as simple as his forest.
and pictures courtesy of Johore Tourism Department
The Endau Rompin National Park encompasses the
watershed of the rivers Endau in Johor and Rompin in
Pahang. It covers some 488 sq. kilometres of forest
and is gazetted as the country's second national
park. Lush and virtually untouched, it is one of the
few remaining lowland forest in the country and
possibly the oldest.
The diversity ofthe habitats and species found here
is of a major conservation significance. In 1985 and
1986, a scientific expedition identified 25 new
species of plants within the area and its rocks and
hills have been estimated to be 248 million years
old. Scientific interest aside, Endau Rompin
National Park is the perfect haven for adventure
seekers. Its numerous legends and myths handed down
through the years add up to its overall appeal.
Flora and Fauna
Lowland Dipterocarp Forest
The forest abounds with the famous fan palm of the 'Livistona
endauensis' variety which is indigenous to the
region. Other interesting plants include the 'Rhopa
Coblaste', more commonly known as the climbing
bamboo, and the walking stick palm or 'Phychorapis
Singaporensis', identified by its slender stems and
feather like leaf fronds, there are also many
varieties of toadstools and orchids
elephants and wildboar are some of the animals to be
found here. The largest surviving population of
Sumatran rhinoceros in Peninsular Malaysia is also
found within the park. Others include the binturong
or bear cat (Arctictis Binturong) and the white
handed gibbon, the only ape species in the region.
Birds And Butterflies
The forest is also home to the chirping drongos,
hornbills and argus pheasant. Butterflies and the
fruit piercing months of the genus 'Othreis' can be
seen flitting through the trees.
Planning an Itinerary
A minimum stay of four days / three nights is ideal
in order to cover the many activities and
attractions in the park. Special tours may be
arranged to cater to a variety of interest such as
botany, nature study, and bird watching. Photography
adventure seekers would enjoy the challenge of some
of the activities to be carried ou here.
There are some 26km of jungle trails within the
park, the most well trodden path being the grueling
16km trail from the base camp at Kuala Jasin to Batu
Hampar and Buaya Sangkut with numerous crossings of
fast flowing rivers. At Buaya Sangkut, a waterfall
cascading down through five levels presents a
spectacular visual delight.
Irresistible Jungle Streams
Swim or take a refreshing bath 'kampung style' in
the clear cool rivers and streams amidst the
tranquillity and serenity of the forest. When you've
had enough of frolicking in the water, try your luck
at a spot of fishing and reel in your catch for
lunch or dinner.
Pitch your tents and spend your nights out in the
wilds under the stars. The merry chirping of the
birds and cicadas in the twilight will make your
simple dinner seem like a feast.
Orang Asli Village
Endau Rompin is also home to the Orang Asli of the
Jakun tribe. Drop by at Kampung Peta near the park
entry point and gain valuable insights on Orang Asli
culture. Find out how they survive in the wilderness
and protect themselves from danger with their
hunting and tracking skills. See their recreational
activities and listen to their mesmerising yarns
about the myths of the surrounding jungle.
Given the diverse variety of species and habitats in
the area, this can be a very absorbing activity
indeed. Inhale the heady perfume of the 'Mussaendra
mutabilis', a woody climbing plant with fragrant
flowers, used in traditional scents for the hair and
clothes. Observe how the famous pitcher plant traps
the unwary insect within its enticing waterfilled
sacs. See how millions of ants make their homes in
tiny chambers within the 'ant'
Bird Watchers Paradise
Bird watching can be another fascinating activity.
If you have the patience and endurance to keep still
in utter silence, for hours on end, the reward of
seeing some beautiful varieties of birdlife can be a
Measures have been drawn up to conserve the natural
beauty of the Endau-Rompin Forest. It is also home
to the endangered Sumatran rhinoceros and conscious
efforts have been taken to conserve the existence of
this species. Conservation in simple terms means
proper management of the forest so that it can be
sustained over future time.
The conservationof Endau-Rompin is crucial because
it serves as a catchment area for the rivers of
Endau and Rompin. Many rare species and plants have
also been found here. Because of so many factors,
the government has gazetted Endau-Rompin to be the
second national park in Malaysia. This ensures the
protection and conservation of Endau-Rompin for many
years to come.
Quartz crystal ignimbrite can be seen on the
surfaced at many points along the rapids of Sungai
Endau. Ignimbrite has a spectacular genesis as it is
volcanic but not of the lava kind. The formation is
known as "ash flow eruption". This is the most
violent type of volcanic convulsion. During an
eruption, hot gas is released from the earth.
The high temperature gas carries sand-sized crystals
of quartz and shards of glass, fragments of pumice
and larger pieces of pre-existing rock. Eventually
the heavier particles would begun to settle, after
retaining enough heat to weld themselves together.
The Endau-Rompin landscape is a contiguous area of
hilly sandstone-capped country with lush vegetation
that is virtually untouched. The area contains a
unique assemblage of tropical lowland and hill
forest with pristine rivers and varied wildlife.
All visitors are required to report to the officer
on duty at the Registration Centre in Kampung Peta.
There will be a short briefing at the Registration
Entrance and other prescribed fees are collected.
All items and belongings are inspected by the
officer on duty.
Visitors are not allowed to overstay beyond the
All visitors are required to engage the registered
guides of the National Parks Corporation.
Visitors who wish to hire boat services can inquire
from the officer on duty.
Visitors are prohibited to make unnecessary noise
while in the park to avoid disturbance to the
All empty cans, surplus food and rubbish have to be
taken out of the park, and disposed at designated
Access into the park is only allowed through the
specified entrances as determined by the National
No fishing or angling is allowed in the park except
at specified areas and period.
Bathing and swimming are only allowed at specified
areas - swimmers must be in decent swimming attire.
The National Parks Corporation disclaims
responsibility for any mishap, accident or loss of
belongings to any visitor while in the park.
Visitors are strictly forbidden from :
1. Bringing into the park any machinery, weapon,
explosive, trap, poison or dangerous item.
2. Hunting, killing, hurting, trapping, or
disturbing any flora / fauna, habitat or destroying
birds nests and eggs.
3. Chopping, hurting, destroying or burning plants
and objects which have geological, archaeological,
historical and scientific importance.
4. Carrying into or purposely allowing reared
animals entering into the park.
5. Displacing or moving any animals or plants out of
the park, dead or alive.
6. Displacing or moving out of the park any minerals
or objects of geological, archaeological, historical
or scientific importance.
7. Destroying or incapacitating any living or dead
objects in the park.
8. Erecting any building in the park.
9. Visitors to the park are warned that they are
liable to be prosecuted in the event they are found
to have contravened any of the park regulations