Kuala Tahan is where the Taman Negara Headquarters is Located. It is about one hour drive from Jerantut Town via Padang Piol Felda Plantation to Kuala Tahan village. Kuala Tahan is the main village and entry point to Taman Negara via road and river. Being as an administration centre there are Police station, government clinic, school, mosque, community centre, internet café, bus station, restaurants, souvenir centre and grocery shops. Various types of accommodation are available ranging from budget hotels & dorms to more comfortable and luxury chalets and resorts. You must obtained the entry permit from the Wildlife Department to enter Taman Negara.
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Canopy Walkway : 30 minutes
Bukit Teresek : 45 minutes
Tenor trail : 3 days/2 nights
Lata Berkoh/Kelah Sanctuary : 3 – 4 hours
Kuala Terenggan : 6 hours/ 3 hours
Kuala Keniyam – Kuala Terenggan : 8 hours
Gua Telinga/Belau/Yong Hides : 1 hour.
There are six different hides (Bumbun) in Taman Negara. Built five meters high above the ground, these hides are for the visitors who would like to observe wildlife. Located within the park itself, Tabing and Cegar Anjing hides are along the Tahan river, Kumbang hide is at Kuala Terenggan, Yong and Belau hides are along Tembeling river. All of these hides are built near to the ‘Salt-Lick’ where animal come to get the mineral salt. There are also facilities at these hides for the visitor to stay overnight and only accessible by trail and boat. The most popular and easy to reach is of course The Tahan hide, which is only 5 minutes walk from the Park’s headquarters at Kuala Tahan.
On your lucky day, you could sight animal like Samba deer, Barking deer, Gaur, Wild boar, Tapir, occasionally Panther and Tiger. Take some foods, drinking water, good flash light, insect repellent and light blanket for overnight stay. Start early before dark and keep silent most of the time.
Another must try activity is the canopy walkway. This suspension bridge is one of the longest rainforest walkway in the world. Span 500 meters high above the ground, it is connected from one tree to another tree, if you feel dizzy do not worry, hold your deep breath, stay calm, take your time and walk slowly from one point to the next one. This opportunity should not be missed, you may trek or take a boat ride to go to the canopy walkway.
Bukit Teresek is another interesting and challenging activity. You could test your endurance to climb this hill to the top. At the peak of Teresek Hill you can view the Tembeling river at the first point. Walk another 10 minutes you will arrive at the second point and from there you could see the Tahan river. On a fine weather, you could gain a clear view of Tahan mountain. It’s will take only about one hour to climb from the park headquarters and bring a bottle of drinking water to quench your thirst.
Kuala Terenggan is only 45 minutes by boat from Kuala Tahan. If you are seeking for a peaceful and quiet environment this is a perfect place to keep your mind in peace. You can also trek from Kuala Tahan to Kuala Terenggan, as this will take you 6 hours through Terenggan trail. If you find the chalet is out of your budget, you can opt for camping or stay at Kumbang Hide.
Kuala Keniyam is said to be one of the best fishing spot in Taman Negara. Located two and half hours by boat up the Tembeling river, here you can go for bird watching, fishing and camping. There are chalet and fishing lodge available for the visitors. From here you could trek to some limestone caves like Kepayang cave, Luas cave and Daun Menari cave. This is an ideal place to break your journey, spend the night and continue your trip to Kuala Terenggan the next day.
The most popular limestone cave within the park is Telinga Cave (Ear Cave). It is located along the Belau trail about one hour trekking from Kuala Tahan, or 10 minutes by boat to Gua Telinga Jetty then trekking for another 20 minutes. Bring along some drinking water and flash light, to explore the cave. Be prepared to be wet, dirty and tired as this cave is narrow, dark and slippery. You have to que and take turn to move in and at the end you have to crawl to get out on the other side of the cave, this will take you for almost an hour. With a powerful flash light, you could also sight some toads, snakes, fishes and of course thousand of bats.