Endau Rompin National Park

Endau Rompin National Park is the second largest Malaysia National Park after Taman Negara. It covers a huge area of approximately 80,000 hectares of lush and relatively untouched.  It is one of the few remaining lowland diterocarp forest in Malaysia and the last refuge of the Sumatran rhinoceros.

Endau-Rompin National Park - Courtesy by Tourism Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

The Park is a major conservation area due to diversify of flora and fauna and animal species within.  Its rocks and hills have been estimated to be nearly 250 million years old.  It sits between Johor and Pahang encompasses the watershed of rivers in Endau (Rivers Endau), Johor and Rompin, Pahang from which obtained its name.

Visitors who travel to Malaysia for jungle holidays, this park is a must to experience and explore.  The park is a great place for nature lovers.  There are a lot of activities that can be pursued such as botany, nature study, bird watching, photography and jungle trekking.  

For nature study, the unusual fauna that can be found here include the famous fan palm of the ‘Livistona endauensis’ variety.  Other interesting plants include the climbing bamboo, and the walking stick palm.  There are also many varieties of toadstools and orchids.

Wildlife include tigers, elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, binturong or bear cat (Arctictis binturong) and the white handed gibbon, the only ape species in the region. The forest is also home to chirping drongos, hornbills and argus pheasant, where the Jakun tribe can be found at Kampung Peta near entrance.

It would be an ideal to tourists to stay at Taman Negara Endau Rompin for four days and 3 nights as they have sufficient time to immerse in activities and attractions in the park. They may arranged a special tour to cater a variety of interest such as botany, nature study, bird watching and taking photograph.

Jungle Trekking

The park offers among the most popular Malaysia trekking site for adventurers.  There are some 26 km jungle trails, the most well trodden path being the tough 16 km trail from Kuala Jasin to Batu Hampar and Buaya Sangkut, with numerous crossings of fast flowing rivers. 

At Buaya Sangkut, there is a sight of waterfall that is guarantee for the adventure quests lovers a visual delight and rest. The regular treks throughout the jungle offer adventurers sightings of deer, elephants, leaf monkeys, long-tail macaques, tapirs, the occasional tiger and leopard and white-handed gibbons.

Camping

It is also possible to reach the Park by boat along the Endau River, taking about three hours starting from Felda Nitar II.  There are four campsites in the park to cater for 250 to 300 visitors. The campsites are placed at Kuala Jasin, Batu Hampar, Upeh Guling and Kuala Marong. The park also provides camping equipment at RM20 per person and your guide will help you set up camp. Please check with Johor National Parks Corporation the current charges. 

Upeh Guling Waterfalls and the Volcanic Rocks - Courtesy by Tourism Malaysia Office Kuala Lumpur

Weather / Climate

It is good idea for tourist who heading for Malaysia vacations especially if they want to visit the park to check the best time to come.  The Park weather is commonly humid and hot.  It temperatures scales are between 25 and 33 degrees Celsius.  Park will receive rainy season in middle of December until middle of January.

Best time to visit Endau Rompin National Park

The national park can be visited from April to October and is closed during the monsoon season which is from November to March. It shares the monsoon season with other nearby island such as Perhentian Island, Redang Island and Tioman Island.  If tourist planning an itinerary for holiday Malaysia at mentioned months it is better to confirm with travel agent before depart Malaysia or may be to change your itinerary to other National Park in the West Peninsular or Sabah and Sarawak or enjoy for Kuala Lumpur tour.

Entry Points

There are 3 entry points to Endau Rompin National Park. Visitors will experience different adventures for every entry point to the park. The 3 entry points are through: 

  • Endau Rompin East in Johor (Peta Gateway);
  • Endau Rompin West in Johor (Selai Gateway); and
  • Endau Rompin Pahang (Kuala Kinchin Gateway).

The Johor National Parks Corporation manages the Johor portion of the park while the area manages by Pahang comes under the Pahang National Parks Corporation.  More information about the park tourist can visit the Johor Tourism  or Pahang Tourism.

Attractions in Endau Rompin National Park

Endau Rompin National Park is among the most attracted tourist attractions in Malaysia.  Among the popular tourist attractions at Endau Rompin National Park  such as a visit to the Orang Asli or Jakun tribe village, jungle trails, rubber tube rafting, night trekking, night safari with 4WD, 4WD off road adventure, explore the three waterfalls at Endau Rompin East such as Upeh Guling Waterfalls and the Volcanic Rocks, Batu Hampar waterfall and three waterfalls at Endau Rompin West such as Takah Pandan, Takah Beringin and Takah Tinggi, a few beautiful lakes and river cruises, water abselling, jungle survival training, Adventure Team Building, climbing at Gunung Tiong, water rafting from Kuala Jasin, fishing at Kampung Peta and hill climbing at Janing Barat.

Waterfalls attractioons in Endau Rompin - Courtesy by Tourism Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

Permit

To protect the pristine environment, only limited areas  are open for ecotourism purposes. Entry to the park through Johor side (East and West) permit can be obtained from the Johor National Park Corporation. For entering the park through Pahang side permit can be obtained at the Pahang National Parks Corporation or District Office, which is just alongside the Police Department in Kuala Rompin.

Pakages

Tourist intent to come for Malaysia Vacation packages may make an effort to check with travel agency in Malaysia or travel agent in their country before visit the park.  An appropriate trip to observe the entire features of Park should take at least 4 days and 3 nights. For the adventurous, you can go there by your own or the best choice by group through the packages offered by the Johor National Parks Corporation which organizes the most reasonably priced with the expert guide.

Contact:   National Parks (Johor) Corporation, JKR 475, Bukit Timbalan, Johor, Malaysia, Phone : 07 223 7471, Fax : 07 223 1033, 1st Floor, Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim.

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