Are you a passionate hiker in the forest who enjoys paths that lead to abundant rewards?

A photographer interested in nature who wishes to immortalize the splendor of a pristine tropical rainforest?

You may have been wondering where the closest national park is to visit with your family if you're in Singapore or Johor Bahru.

Alternatively, go camping in the forest for the weekend to discover the tropics and go on an adventure with your pals.

This park should not be missed by fans of 4x4 challenges.

Continue reading to learn more about what Endau Rompin National Park has to offer.

1. Endau Rompin National Park (Taman Negara)

Situated north-east of Johor and south of Pahang is Endau Rompin National Park (Malay: Taman Negara Endau Rompin). It is one of the most ancient and pristine tropical rainforests in the world and a fantastic destination in Malaysia.

The park encompasses 870 square kilometers of tropical rainforest with rivers, waterfalls, and a variety of plants and animals.

In case you were wondering, the park is named for the Endau river that comes into it from Johor in the south and the Rompin river that flows into it from Pahang in the north.

Peninsular Malaysia's indigenous Jakun tribe, of which there are several, call Endau Rompin home. It's the greatest site in the jungle to learn about their culture and straightforward way of living.

The following uncommon and unusual animal species can find eco-shelters in the national park:

Other species to see are the nearly extinct Sumatran rhinoceros, tigers, elephants, monkeys, wild boar, leopard, and deer.

The region experiences hot, muggy weather with temperatures ranging from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is expected throughout the park from mid-December to early January.

As you can see, this is the ideal camping vacation to fully immerse yourself in a deep, natural tropical rainforest, far from the ordinary city life and without access to internet or mobile service.

2. What To See At Endau Rompin National Park (Taman Negara)

You will expect to see:

2.1 Flora & Fauna

Many species of fish, leeches, and frogs. insects including spiders, stag beetles, bugs, and uncommon butterflies. Endau Rompin National Park is home to a variety of animals, including tigers, elephants, rare Sumatran rhinoceros, skinks, monkeys, and snakes.

2.2 Waterfalls

Endau Rompin offers breathtaking waterfalls, refreshing waters, and visually stunning surroundings.

2.3 Rivers

Freshwater fishing is encouraged by the abundance of fish in the rivers. camping by a river and having barbecues and picnics.

2.4 Trail Heads

The rainforest paths offer some of the most rewarding experiences, both physically and intellectually, of a tropical jungle for hikers seeking excitement and challenge.

2.5 Orang Asli

Discover and investigate the Aboriginal way of life in the dense rainforest of Endau Rompin National Park. Learn how to survive in the jungle and how to hunt using a blowpipe.

3. How To Go To Endau Rompin National Park

Because of how difficult the roads are when you enter the park, you must use a four-wheel drive vehicle to enter Endau Rompin National Park.

The park has three entrances, as listed below:

3.1 Selai Entrance via Bekok town, Johor (Recommended)

The quickest and most convenient way to enter Endau Rompin National Park via Bekok, Johor, is by the Selai entrance.

Since 2003, this entry has been developed and is new. But only those who have reserved the tour through Johor National Park Corporation three days in advance are eligible to enter. 

Endau Rompin National Park Via Bekok Town, Johor Access Road Map

This makes it the greatest method to enter Endau Rompin National Park, particularly for those who are from Singapore, Johor, or Malacca. This is also the entry to utilize if you are traveling from Kuala Lumpur. The off-road adventure will take approximately one hour to complete.

The Selai gate boasts a more advanced infrastructure, featuring a Visitor Complex with all the amenities you could possibly need and the Nature & Education Research Center.

3.2 Peta Entrance via Kahang town, Johor

The Peta entry is the customary path that leads through Kahang town, Johor, and enters Endau Rompin National Park. This entry dates back to the MNS trip of 1985.

Endau Rompin National Park Via Kahang, Johor Access Road Map

This alternative route allows you to access Endau Rompin National Park, particularly if you're from Kluang, Kahang, or Mersing. Please make reservations at Johor National Park Endau Rompin (Peta) three days in advance if you would like to use this route. The drive from Kahang town to Kg. Peta takes two hours.

For intrepid ecotourists, the Peta entry boasts a well-developed infrastructure.

3.3 Kuala Kinchin Entrance via Kuala Rompin, Pahang

The less used Kuala Rompin entry, which is not run by Johor National Parks Corporation, leads to the Kuala Kinchin entrance.

Proceed to Selendang by car via the paved route from Kuala Rompin town. There will be a 26-kilometer dirt track from Selendang to Kuala Kinchin, the park's boundary.

Endau Rompin National Park Via Kuala Rompin, Pahang Access Road Map

Access Road Map to Endau Rompin National Park from Kuala Rompin, Pahang
Selendang, a less developed section in Endau Rompin National Park, offers camping areas and modest services, making it ideal for people seeking a more challenging and unadulterated natural experience.

4. Attractions In Endau Rompin National Park (Selai Entrance)

To explore the numerous waterfalls in Endau Rompin, begin your journey from Lubuk Merekek to Lubuk Tapah, which is a muddy route that can be traversed by a 4x4 vehicle. The drive takes around 15 minutes.

4.1 Takah Pandan Waterfall

A magnificent vertical waterfall rising to a height of almost 50 meters is called Takah Padan. From Selai Base Camp (Lupuk Tapah), it is approximately an hour's climb to Takah Pandan.

The trail climbs steep riverbanks, making the walk somewhat challenging for those who are not in good physical shape.

Nevertheless, the breathtaking vista of Takah Pandan Waterfall makes it well worth it. Takah Selow's upper tier is likely located just to the left of the waterfall and originates from a different river source. To assist you in reaching the waterfall, there are ropes fastened to the rugged path.

4.2 Takah Selow Waterfall

From Takah Pandan, it is a 20-minute climb to Takah Selow.

Takah Selow is a distinctive waterfall consisting of three tiers. There's a tiny pool to swim in as you ascend to the second tier of the fall, but the first tier is really modest and unimpressive.

The rocks and trail are steep and slippery, therefore caution is required when climbing to the third tier of the fall. Thus, be careful to wear appropriate footwear. Takah Selow's top tier is a serene and easygoing spot for a picnic.

Takah Selow is an ideal location for taking landscape photos as well. capturing Takah Selow's waterfalls and water flows at a leisurely pace.

4.3 Takah Tinggi Waterfall

The primary draw of Endau Rompin National Park is Takah Tinggi. There is a seven-layer waterfall, but only the bottom tier is accessible because there isn't a designated path that leads higher up.

It is a strenuous two to three-hour trek from Lubuk Tapah to Takah Tinggi. Fish abound in the big, deep pool that is formed by the enormous waterfall.

However, because of the strong currents and powerful waterfall at Takah Tinggi, swimming and fishing are prohibited. Ropes can be used to help you cross the river.

There have been fatalities reported as a result of tourists' carelessness in following the guides' recommendations.

4.4 Takah Berangin Waterfall

Takah Berangin has a calm, foggy pool and a strong, nearly vertical waterfall. A two to four-hour hike is required from Lubuk Tapah. It takes an extra one to one and a half hours from Takah Pandan along the lowland trail that is fairly hilly.

You can hear the sound of a strong water flow as you get closer to Takah Berangin. The misted pool is a refreshing location to cool off after a strenuous hike, and it's safe to swim in.

The pool is stocked with fish, much like the other waterfalls. Misty water droplets are created by Takah Berangin's strong fall, creating a pleasant scene. Getting up close to the waterfall is safe.

The river trail leads to Tempa’ang River before reaching Takah Berangin.

4.5 Takah Tempa’ang Waterfall

Takah Tempa'ang is the park's least frequented waterfall. It is situated beside Takah Berangin on the same river.

It's the last stretch of the hike and an excellent place to go pool diving. There are many ups and downs on this difficult journey, so you should be in good physical shape.

5. Attractions in Endau Rompin National Park (Peta Entrance)

5.1 Buaya Sangkut Waterfall

A tale surrounds the fall known as Buaya Sangkut. The Jasin River is the source of the waterfall. It is Endau Rompin National Park's primary draw.

The ignimbrites, which are ancient volcanic rocks that have shaped the falls to this day, make up its heights. You will have to walk the Samanggong Hills, three tough hills on the way. Travel time from the Kuala Jasin base camp is approximately 4 hours.

5.2 Blue Water Lake, Tasik Air Biru

The brilliant blue, crystal-clear lake, which is close to the Kuala Jasin base camp, is the ideal place to take a bath after a strenuous climb.

There is a superstition among the Orang Asli that anyone who bathes and swims in the lake will become younger.

5.3 Upeh Guling Waterfall

Upeh Guling is another wonderful place to visit. It is a portion of the Jasin River and is situated downstream of the fabled Buaya Sangkut Waterfall.

At the waterfall, old volcanic rocks are clearly visible. Potholes and low-tier cascades make up the waterfall. It's a fantastic spot to unwind with a bath. It's about a fifteen-minute hike from the Kuala Marong campground.

In addition to hiking to stunning waterfalls, lakes, and riverbanks, you can visit one of the following locations to take in Endau Rompin's distinctive culture and natural surroundings:

5.4 The Arboretum of Endau Rompin,

In the expansive arboretum at Endau Rompin, there are numerous rainforest trees labeled with their species.

5.5 The Center for Nature Education and Research (NERC)

The Johor government, Danish Corporation Environment and Development (DANCED), and Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) worked together to create NERC Endau Rompin.

Endau Rompin National Park, NERC Research Center, East Entry Point ...

It is situated inside the National Park Headquarters at Kg. Peta. It features a lab, seminar room, library, and dorm that can accommodate eighty people. It is a location that raises awareness of the value of environmental health for everyone.

5.6 Village of Orang Asli

The Jakun tribe's Orang Asli live in Endau Rompin. by going there to see and feel their distinct Orang Asli culture.

See and feel for yourself how they manage to thrive in the tropical rainforests. Simply visit Kg. Peta, which is at the park's entrance, to accomplish that.

5.7 Endau Rompin Visitor Complex, National Park

Tourists can lodge in the visitor facility, which is situated near Kg. Peta. There are cabins and dorms for fans available there. (RM25 for a dorm bed, RM100 to RM150 for a chalet).

5.8 Mount Janing Barat

The about 1870-foot-tall Janing Barat Mountain is another major draw. It's the ideal location for taking in the vastness of the Endau Rompin.

The stunning pitcher plants (Nepenthes Ampullaria) and fan palm (Livistona Endauensis) may be found at Janing Barat. There are ropes put in place to help climbers, but it's a quite steep and rocky climb.

6. What To Do In Endau Rompin National Park

There's always something fun to do at Endau Rompin, whether you're there for a day visit or a week-long camping excursion. A few items to consider are:

6.1 Camping & BBQ

Numerous camping areas may be found at Endau Rompin, ranging from those that are 10 minutes away from Kg. Peta to others that require hikes of over three hours. There are all the necessities for cooking and camping available.

6.2 Hiking, Mountain Climbing, and Jungle Trekking

Once you're inside the tropical rainforest of Endau Rompin, you may explore the area with a guide to discover its hidden beauties, which include breathtaking waterfalls dotted across a network of simple to intermediate paths that vary in difficulty based on your level of fitness.

There are a few mountains in the park as well, like Gunung Janing and Gunung Tiong, which are worth climbing for breathtaking views.

6.4 Photography & Sightseeing

Endau Rompin offers a wide variety of plants, insects, birds, and wildlife for nature photographers to capture on camera.

Endau Rompin is the greatest location for bird watching, herb species identification, and wildlife viewing because it offers a wealth of flora and fauna.

6.5 River Wading & Waterfalls

One thing to do after a strenuous climb is to take a bath in the rivers and waterfalls. All of the waterfalls that run from Upeh Guling to Buaya Sangkut provide pleasant swimming areas.

At Endau Rompin National Park, tubing down the river is another popular pastime.

6.6 Fishing

At Sungai Kinchin and Sungai Kemapan in Endau Rompin, some of the best fishing places may be found. Since February through April and June through August are considered to be the prime fishing seasons, these are the ideal times to visit.

6.7 Night Activities

The greatest time to view certain species is at night because they are nocturnal in nature. You can go on bicycle rides or night walks in Endau Rompin National Park.

The activity that the guide will lead is also one of the favorites. At your request, a 4-wheel drive night safari is also offered.

6.8 Fish & Squirrel feeding

Fish and squirrel feeding are two of the park's recreational activities at Endau Rompin National Park. Since then, the squirrels that reside near Kg. Peta have become very amiable toward humans.

It is feasible to feed them because of this. It's entertaining to see the fish race to you when you feed them because the rivers are home to a large number of fish.

7. Where To Stay In Endau Rompin National Park

There are two categories for lodging in Endau Rompin National Park. Which entrance you select for your adventurous journey will determine this.

The two lodging options at Endau Rompin National Park are summarized here.

7.1 Selai Entrance Accommodations

7.1.1 Main Visitor Complex

The main visitor complex is next to Lubuk Tapah consists of a small multi-purpose hall, a cafeteria, family chalets, standard chalets and dormitories.

Main Visitor Complex at Selai Base Camp in Endau Rompin National Park

  • Family-Friendly Cabin
The family chalet is divided into 4 units. It contains a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, and one bathroom. There are two floors: the first floor houses the master bedroom, and the second floor houses the two single bedrooms. It costs RM200 per night and can accommodate 4 people.
  • Normal Chalet
There are four conventional chalet units with fans. It contains a bathroom and two single bedrooms. It costs RM 120 per night and accommodates two people.
  • Apartment
There are two buildings in the dorm: blocks A and B. Forty individuals can be accommodated each block. It has ceiling fans, metal lockers, and double-decker beds. It contains a common kitchen, prayer room, and bathroom.

Prices are in Malaysian RM20 for adults and RM10 for students per person. Non-Malaysian: RM20 per person for students, RM30 for adult.

7.1.2 Lubuk Tapah

  • Jungle Hut/Cabin

There are twenty cabin hut units. Every one has a wall fan, two big mattresses, three pillows, and a sleeping platform. There are restrooms, a kitchen, an eating area, and public restrooms. It sleeps three people and costs RM80 a night.

It is forbidden to fish and have a campfire in this location. From 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, a generator is used to supply electricity. Even though you only plan to stay overnight, you still need to hire a guide.

7.1.3 Lubuk Merekek

  • Camping Site

200 people can camp at the location at once. It features everything a camper needs, including a cooking area, restroom, and basic bathroom facilities. The prices are RM5 for adults, RM3 for students, and RM10 for non-Malaysians (adults and students).

This location is open for fishing, and campfires are permitted with a guide present. Even if you just want to go camping, you must have a guide. They don't supply electricity, but they can rent generators.

7.2 Peta Entrance Accommodations

The visitor complex, family and standard chalets, dorms, prayer room, boat jetty, suspension bridge, and Nature Education & Research Center (NERC) are just a few of the amenities and infrastructure that Peta has to offer.

Camping is available at Kuala Jasin, Upeh Guling, Batu Hampar, Pantai Burung, and Kuala Marong. For your convenience, it is advised that you pack a lightweight tent.

However, the campsite has A-frames available for you to set up a huge canvas tent. Just lay a sheet over the ground. However, make sure you have plenty of mosquito coils and a sleeping bag.

7.2.1 Visitor Complex

The park headquarters, canteen, meeting space, library, information gallery, briefing center, and multipurpose hall are all housed there.

The three-room family chalet is divided into six apartments, each of which has five bedrooms and an en suite bathroom. It costs about RM 150 per night. In addition, there are fifteen fan-cooled regular chalet units available, each with two single beds or a queen-size bed. It costs RM100 each night.

The cheapest accommodations in Kg. Peta will be a two-story dorm with 74 fan-equipped beds that cost RM25 per night. It is directly behind Peta Visitor Complex. The building's neighbor has the restrooms and showers.

7.2.2 Nature Education & Research Center (NERC)

NERC features a computer lab, a small library, tubing facilities, an activity hall, a seminar room, and a dorm that can house up to 80 individuals. From Kg. Peta, the boat voyage takes roughly ten minutes.

7.2.3 Pantai Burung Campsite

The campsite Pantai Burung is situated close to Kg. Peta. The distance to the Visitor Complex is only ten minutes on foot.

There are basic restrooms, showers, and a cooking area available. For anyone looking to spend some time close to the area, this 100-person camping spot is a wonderful choice.

7.2.4 Kuala Jasin Campsite

The majority of the trailheads begin in Endau Rompin's primary base camp, Kuala Jasin. Kuala Jasin has camping areas, gazebos, and multipurpose halls.

With easy road access and electricity provided, this campsite is the best equipped. There are three three-room chalet units with five bedrooms each, ten ordinary chalet units with two single beds each, and 90 camping spaces available at the campsite.

From Kg. Peta, you can take a 45-minute boat ride (RM22 per person) to Kuala Jasin. In addition, you can take a two-hour stroll along the 15-kilometer track.

7.2.5 Kuala Marong Campsite

From Kg. Peta, it takes 45 minutes by boat, and from Kuala Jasin Campsite, which can accommodate 30 people, it takes 90 minutes by foot. There is a gazebo, grilling area, minimal restroom, and camping at Kuala Marong.

From Kuala Marong, the Upeh Guling waterfall is about a half-hour stroll away.

The following lists the distances between popular spots and Kuala Marong:
  1. Tasik Air Biru -> 0.5km
  2. Upeh Guling Waterfall -> 0.5km
  3. Batu Hampar -> 3.0km
  4. Buaya Sangkut Waterfall ->5.5km

7.2.6 Batu Hampar Campsite

Upeh Guling is a forty-minute leisurely climb away, and Kuala Marong Campsite, which can accommodate thirty people, is ninety minutes away.

Huge palms and dipterocarp trees line the trail as you trek it. Only trek with a guide as the route is rather dim.

Every campsite listed above has a cooking area, a minimal restroom, and a cubicle shower with a bucket, pail, and tap.

8. How to Visit Endau Rompin National Park at the Best Time?

The months of April through October are the ideal times to explore Endau Rompin National Park because of the warm, muggy weather.

Due to the rainy season, which makes the park nearly impassable via flooded rivers and roads, the park will be closed from November to March during the monsoon season.

9. What To Bring To Endau Rompin National Park

Here are a few things you should cross off your list before visiting Endau Rompin National Park:
  • First aid kit with any personal medications recommended by your doctor
  • Mosquito Coils and Repellent
  • Food, energy bar
  • Rain-coat
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Waterproof bag with clothes inside a waterproof plastic bag for double protection
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lightweight tent
  • Waterproof hiking shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Utensils and small pot for cooking
  • Camping stove and canister
  • Water container
  • Water purification tablets
  • Lighter
  • Swiss Knife
  • Leech socks

10. Don’ts at Endau Rompin National Park

Endau Rompin National Park is a unique protected area with a wealth of historical significance. The following are some things you should avoid doing while visiting the park:
  • Don't litter, just take pictures, and leave only your tracks behind.
  • Avoid making loud noises as this can frighten and agitate the wildlife. It could draw unwelcome attention.
  • Avoid needless risks, be mindful of oneself, and refrain from horsing around.
  • Stay with the group; there are faint paths and it's easy to get lost.
  • Never take on a task without your guide's approval, and always pay attention to their advice—they are the experts.
  • Avoid stepping on, damaging, taking, or harming any plants, trees, or wildlife.

11. Useful Tips For Endau Rompin National Park Trip

  • To ensure that your possessions are safe for the duration of the journey, pack a high-quality backpack. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money.
  • You can bring a cheap foam cushion or your own comforter for extra comfort. Do not forget to pack your sleeping bag.
  • Bring a can of corned beef with you; it has all the protein and fat you'll need for your strenuous trekking.
  • Included in the bundle are camps. However, it will be advantageous if you wish to carry your own lightweight camping gear.
  • To maintain a high level of energy, make sure you pack foods that will offer you energy, such as power bars, chocolates, and sugary sweets. You should also snack frequently.
  • It's going to be a lengthy hike, so drink plenty of water. Do not put off getting a drink until you are truly thirsty. Bring two water bottles at the very least.
  • It's crucial to include mosquito coils and insect repellent.
  • To keep leeches away, use a bottle containing a mixture of salt, water, and oil. You can also use socks designed specifically to repel leeches.
  • Before you act, pay attention to and respect your guide. Take all the information you can from them about the park.
  • Just capture images and leave only your footprints behind.

Entrance Fee

  • Permit to park: RM20/person
  • Insurance: RM2/person
  • 4WD 2ways: RM270 (can accommodate up to 4 person per 4WD)

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