Endau Rompin, Johor
Endau Rompin National Park is home to one of the world’s oldest and pristine tropical rainforest. The park spans over 80,000 hectares and spans across 2 states from Johor to Pahang. In order to preserve the pristine forest, only certain areas of the park are open to visitors and these areas require permits from the Johor National Park Corporation to visit.
The Selai Entrance is nature lovers gateway to the pristine rainforest. The terrain is rugged and facilities are minimal, thus making the whole experience as authentic as you can get. You will be greeted by numerous nature floral and fauna along the way. The trek is exciting, as you will be crossing suspension bridges or large boulders across the river with the help of ropes. The Upeh Guling Waterfalls, the Tasik Air Biru Lake and the Buaya Sankut Waterfalls are some of the scenic spots you can enjoy.
Three well-known waterfalls, the Takah Tinggi and Takah Pandan and the Takah Berangin are also found in the heart of the pristine forest. As it is relatively hard to reach, the waterfalls remain tranquil and untouched. A 3-hour trek will lead you to Takah Pandan, a 50m straight waterfall. The route is shorter but tougher, with steep terrains. Abseiling is available for the adrenaline lovers here. A 5-hour trek will lead you to Takah Tinggi, which is the largest waterfall in Endau Rompin and opens up to a large nature pool at the bottom. The walk is longer but easier, with relatively flat terrain.
Endau Rompin is also home to indigenous people, the Orang Asli of the Jakun tribe. Visit the Kampung Peta where you can find out more about the Orang Asli culture and how they have lived with nature for generations. Learn and be in awe of their survival skills in the wilderness and their hunting and tracking skills in the jungle.
We rank Endau Rompin, Johor 4 stars out of 5 regarding ease to climb the National Park, due to a relatively long time is needed to reach the scenic spots. It is suitable for intermediate to advance level hikers.