For a truly unique experience in ancient rainforest but yet easily accessible from KL, Taman Negara is a great choice. Originally named King George V National Park, Taman Negara (National Park) is the first and the oldest official Protected Area in the country.
It was gazetted to preserve the land’s indigenous nature and was renamed Taman Negara after the nation gained independence in 1957. Taman Negara is actually one of the oldest rainforests in the world, estimated to be 130 million years old. The abundance and diversity of flora and fauna is phenomenal, making it one of the world’s most complex and rich ecosystems. The park is reached by a 3 – 4 hour drive from KL followed by a boat journey along the Tembeling River that takes you deep into the rainforest. The most popular activities at Taman Negara are river cruises and jungle trekking. The canopy walk is also a must-do, offering a spectacular close up view of activity high up (25 meters) in the rainforest canopy. Observation hides are another great way to observe wildlife. Simple huts built high above the ground allow guests to stay overnight to catch opportunities to observe animals in their natural habitat. Cave exploration is also available, either by boat or on foot.
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