The perfect full day excursion for those who wish to wander and explore the Temenggor nature reserve in a single day.
The Temenggor nature reserve is located at the lower part of Belum-Temenggor forest complex. Although the rainforest is a single, contiguous ecosystem and there’s no biological difference between the upper Belum and the lower Temenggor, the areas are regulated differently. For visiting Temenggor you won’t need entry permits and thus entering this area will be less costly.
Included in this experience are: cruising the Temenggor lake by boat, trekking in the rainforest, spotting the Rafflesia, following elephants’ trail after a salt lick area, a visit to an Orang Asli village and trek to a waterfall deeper in the jungle. Packed lunches are included in your tour as well.
Given the ubiquitous lake that imbues most of the forest there, your adventure will start on boat. Cruising the lake is, by its own, a great experience that can deliver splendid memories of unique landscapes painted by tropical rainforest vegetation sitting on water. Then, while going from one spot to another, you will also engage in many activities off water too. Part of the itinerary includes of course jungle trekking. It will not be a tough trek, and the path is accessible to all ages.
During your trekking you will have chances to spot the famous Rafflesia flower. The Rafflesia is one of the biggest flowers in the World and a plant with very peculiar characteristics and life cycle. They follow irregular patterns and therefore it’s hard to predict when there are bigger chances to see the flowers open and fresh. However, it certainly won’t be the only natural attraction you will get to see on your path, so prepare to be amazed by the richness and diversity of the rainforest and its enormous diversity of plant and flower species.
After this first jungle trek in search of the Rafflesia, the boat will move again toward an area locally known as Sira Gajah, where animals gather – mostly elephants (Gajah means elephant in Malay language). The area has different spots known as “salt licks”, natural dry mineral deposits that play an important role in the diet of many animal species, especially the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). You will trek along the pachyderms trail and learn more on their habitat and life. Spotting elephants is definitely possible in Belum Temenggor but it is a rare event as these animals are shy and will try to stay away from human crowds. In the remote eventuality of an encounter, you will have to follow strictly the nature guide’s instructions and remain quiet.
After the salt lick you will proceed to visit an Orang Asli village, called Kampung Chuweh. This village is located nearby a jetty, which they use as a small trading outpost. The Orang Asli groups of Belum Temenggor live off hunting, fishing and gathering herbs and other natural resources which they trade with the outside for items and goods they need in their communities. If you wish so, as a sign of appreciation for their hospitality and visiting their village, you can offer a present in the form of useful household items, food or clothing.
The last place you will visit in your day excursion, will be Nam waterfall. To get to the waterfall it’s necessary to trek for another 20 minutes along the Sungai Nam (river Nam) and crossing three small streams – during the wettest months the water can get a bit higher so your feet and lower legs could get wet. Once you reach the waterfall, you can rest by the area, relax in this unique place surrounded by the silence and beauty of the rainforest. You can take a bath in the natural pool if you wish so, and then take your packed lunch here. After that, you will return back to Pulau Banding and your adventure will be over.
The motor boats you will be travelling with have their top covered so you won’t get wet in case of rain and you won’t get sunburnt in sunny days. Life jackets are provided of course. The boats can accommodate a maximum of 10 people on board, therefore if your group is a particularly large one, you may have to split in two or more crafts. Thought the whole itinerary you will be guided and assisted by a knowledgeable and licensed, local nature guide. As with the other activities and tours, the guide will speak English and Malay language. If you are in need of an interpreter you may contact us and we will try our best to accommodate your requests and needs.
Tour leaves from Pulau Banding; please be on time.
|09:30||Meet your local nature guide at the Pulau Banding jetty and start the cruise on motor boat.|
|10:00||First stop for a short trekking to attempt to spot the Rafflesia (flower blooming cannot be guaranteed).|
|11:00||Trekking at Sira Gajah salt lick following the elephants' trail.|
|12:00||Third stop to visit the natives' village at Kampung Chuweh.|
|14:00||Trek at the Sungai Nam river to reach the eponymous waterfall. You can take a bath in the waterfall pool and have your packed meals there before returning back.|
|16:30||Return back to the jetty to Pulau Banding.|
- to have with you suitable shoes and outfit for outdoors trekking in wet areas; mosquito repellent, salt or a lighter for leeches; a raincoat (a disposable one will do), a hat and, in the case you plan to bathe in waterfalls, swimwear.
- to bring with you only a small bag with the strictly necessary items. If you have a large baggage please consider to leave it in a luggage storeroom in town or at the hotel.
- if you want, you may bring something for donation to the local Orang Asli Village (they genuinely appreciate gifts from visitors, you don’t have to offer money, rather choose to donate useful items and goods; kindly avoid candy and sweets for children or unhealthy food).