If you are planning an outdoor trip to Taman Negara Pahang, you may be interested to know that there is another entrance to the world famous national park. You may be quite familiar with Kuala Tahan and the journey from Kuala Tembeling to the National Park.
But, there is another entrance. The name of the place is called Sungai Relau or its full name is Taman Negara Pahang Sungai Relau. This entrance is located on the western side of Taman Negara. The entrance was only opened to the general public in the early 1990’s. To get here, from the town of Merapoh it is a 7km journey to the park’s office at Sungai Relau. To get to Merapoh, one has to travel a 30km journey southwards by road from Gua Musang or a 100km journey from Kuala Lipis.
Taman Negara Sungai Relau is the popular point for mountain climbing to Gunung Tahan. Hikers attempting the climb from this route to Gunung Tahan will take a mere 2 days as compared to the longer trek of 5 days from Kuala Tahan. A 14-km road links Sungai Relau to Kuala Juram, the foot hill for climbing Gunung Tahan where climbers will be dropped off for their climb up the highest peak on Peninsula Malaysia.
In this park, there are many forest trails. Among the popular trails are the Interpretive Trail, Negeram Trail, Palas Trail and Gua Gajah Trail. The 0.5km Interpretive Trail provides introduction to the rainforest and the ecosystem. The Negeram Trail follows the Sg Relau river and end at Pasir Gelanggang passing through the lowland and swampy forest. The Palas Trail is about 1.6km long. This trail has some hilly terrain, peat swamp and lowland forest.
The trail to Gua Gajah is about 5km long. Gua Gajah is a limestone outcrop and provides shelter for elephants during the monsoon. Inside Gua Gajah, there is a bats chamber where guano and bats are found. The low number of visitors has makes Taman Negara Sungai Relau a heaven for wildlife observation. A newly discovered cave called Gua Jinjang Pelamin is open only to a select few. To attempt this cave exploration with its varied chambers and halls, one has to get in touch with us for the exclusive arrangement.
Taman Negara is considered one of the most extensive protected area consisting of pristine, lowland, evergreen rainforest in Malaysia. For those that loves the outdoors, there are many activities which they can take part in.
Highlights include cave exploration, waterfalls, rivers, streams, night walks, bird watching, panning for gold and more. This area is suitable for independent and group travellers, and also suitable for families with small children. Do contact us if you require further information or wish to make a booking.