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TAMAN Negara stands as a bastion of ancient wilderness. Spanning over 4,343 square kilometres, this sanctuary is not just a park but a journey back in time to when nature reigned supreme. It is believed to be among the oldest rainforests on Earth, a living museum showcasing a biological diversity that is both rare and awe-inspiring.

Declared a conservation site in 1938, Taman Negara's history is as deep and complex as its dense canopies. Originally named the Gunung Tahan Game Reserve, it was an area dedicated to the protection and preservation of indigenous flora and fauna.

Its transition to Taman Negara, which translates to 'National Park', was more than a rebranding; it was a commitment to safeguarding natural heritage perpetually.


Straddling the borders of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang, Taman Negara is a cross-state park that offers a plethora of experiences for the eager explorer. The park is a treasure trove of primaeval jungle, home to towering trees, cascading waterfalls, and secretive wildlife that have thrived for over 150 million years.


Embarking on the journey into Taman Negara is an adventure in its own right. Whether opting for the rustic charm of a riverboat ride down the Kuala Tembeling River or taking the more direct route by road, each path leads to an extraordinary encounter with nature's majesty.


Accommodation in Taman Negara blends comfort with nature. Establishments like Mutiara Taman Negara provide a serene setting to unwind after a day of adventure. For those seeking a more intimate connection with nature, guest houses and lodges like Tebing Guest House and Taman Negara Riverview Lodge offer a more rustic experience.


The Canopy Walk invites you to view the world from above, while the forest trails beckon the bold to discover hidden enclaves within the jungle's embrace. For a cultural immersion, visits to Orang Asli villages reveal the wisdom of the forest people and their harmonious way of life.


The river's rapids offer adrenaline-pumping rides, contrasting the peaceful boat trips to Lata Berkoh's tranquil waters. The Kelah sanctuary invites you to commune with aquatic life, while the forest's night symphony sets the stage for nocturnal wildlife observations.


With over 380 bird species, Taman Negara is a haven for birdwatchers. The lush biodiversity here provides endless opportunities for sighting rare and exotic birds in their natural habitat.


The gateway to this ancient rainforest is the town of Jerantut, a mere 16 kilometres from the Kuala Tembeling Jetty, where the journey to Taman Negara begins. Regular taxis and buses ply this route, making the rainforest accessible to all who seek its wonders.

Source - NST

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