Jungle trekking is one of the most popular activities in Taman Negara National Park. The park bears no shortage of hiking trails and has some of the best–and longest–in the country. The longest trail in the national park is the trek to Gunung Tahan, also known as Tenor Trail. It’s also one of the most difficult as it takes seven days and six nights to complete. The mountain is around 53km from the park’s headquarters in Kuala Tahan; where the Tahan and Tembiling Rivers meet. Due to the nature of completing the hike, the hike should only be attempted with a licensed guide and if your fitness level is deemed good enough to attempt it.
Other hiking trails include the hike to Bukit Teresek, Four Steps Waterfall and Lubok Simpon.
Birdwatching is a popular activity you can do at Taman Negara. The park has some 380 different species of birds, which is the highest number in Peninsular Malaysia. Birdwatching areas are in Kuala Tahan and Kuala Terengganu. If you’re planning to go birdwatching, the months of May to August are a good time of the year to do so.
Observing wildlife is also an activity you can undertake. There are several observational towers in the park called hides where salt licks are placed to attract animals. Some of the main hides in the park are Tahan Hide, Tabing Hide, Cegar Anjing Hide, Blau Hide, Yong Hide, and Kumbang Hide. You can easily get to these hides by hiking through the forests along Keniam or Tenor Trails.
Rapid Shooting Adventure
At Taman Negara, you can choose to go rapid shooting. You will board a wooden boat and float down the Sungai Tembelin River, where you will encounter seven different rapids! All participants will be fitted with a lifejacket and since you will get wet, do dress accordingly.
Night Jungle Walk
Another activity you can do is the night jungle walk, where you will walk from the main Wildlife Headquarters to Bumbun Tahan, also known as, Taman Hide. Note: you will need to bring your own torch along.
If you’re looking to relax, Taman Negara has plenty of activities you can do such as feeding fish at Kelah Sanctuary, fishing at Tembeling River and Keniam River, or going on an educational tour of the park’s Interpretative Room. Take note that fishing at Taman Negara is suitable for intermediate or advanced anglers. However, amateur anglers can choose to fish at Tembeling River, which is shallower than the other rivers. Alternatively, some visitors may enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the Tahan River and up to Lata Berkoh: a collection of spectacular cascades.