Peninsula Malaysia Pre-Tour Extension 2019
June 2019 (7 days)
Dates6 Jun 2019 - 12 Jun 2019
Tour LeaderTo be announced
Tour Size8 Participants & 1 Rockjumper Wildlife guide
Start LocationKuala Lumpur
Flight Cost (Approximate)US$150
Spaces AvailableSpaces Available
End LocationTaman Negara National Park to Kuala Lumpur
Type of TourWildlife
Malaysian Colugo, Siamang, Leopard & Flat-headed Cat, Smooth-coated and Small-clawed Otter, Malaysian Tapir, Sun Bear, Slow Loris, Pristine lowland rainforests, canopy walkways, river boat cruises
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Day 1: Arrival in Kuala Lumpur
Today is set aside as an arrival day to ensure that we are all settled in good time for an early start the following day. Kuala Lumpur or “KL” is a grand meeting place for international travelers and while the city’s past is ever present in its evocative colonial buildings; the bustling streets and towering modern office blocks lend the city a modern, cosmopolitan air. If you arrive early and would like to explore, suggested activities include a visit to the impressive Lake Gardens Botanical and Bird Park; a stroll through the vibrant central market, alive with music and crafts and/or a visit to the National museum.
Day 2: Kuala Lumpur to Fraser’s Hill via Kuala Selangor
This morning we will make an early start and journey to the coastal town of Kuala Selangor. Here we will take a walk in the nearby Kuala Selangor Nature Park that supports a variety of habitats including coastal scrubland, mangroves and wetlands. During our time here we hope to see the delightful Silvered Leaf-Monkey – check name against Master checklist, Long-tailed Macaque and Smooth Otter. After our walk we will enjoy lunch before continuing northwards to the charming colonial hill station of Fraser’s Hill or Bukit Fraser. On arrival we will settle in and, if time permits, enjoy an afternoon walk.
Day 3: Fraser’s Hill
Today will be spent exploring the network of trails and moist, moss-laden forest that covers the mountainsides of Fraser’s Hill. We will concentrate our efforts today on finding the special mammals of the area and the vociferous Siamang, or Black Gibbon, the largest of the Gibbons, is certainly one of the most sought after mammals in the upland forests of Fraser’s Hill. Hearing their far-reaching songs is an easy treat but spotting these elusive creatures can be considered a real achievement! It is truly a privilege to observe first-hand the power and agility of this infrequently encountered species but these are not the only primates to be encountered while in the area and we have good chances to see both Long-tailed and Pig-tailed Macaques and Banded Leaf-Monkey.
Aside from primates we hope to see some of the many different squirrel species in this area including Mountain Red-bellied, Himalayan Striped and Black Giant to add to our ever-growing mammal tally. Wild Boar also occurs in this area and with some luck we may encounter these porcine beasts in our wanderings in this magnificent region.
Day 4: Fraser’s Hill to Taman Negara National Park
Today we will depart for Kuala Tembeling, the boat jetty where we will board a canoe bound for Taman Negara. Winding our way eastward out of the mountains and back into the diverse lowlands, we navigate the Tembeling River into the preserved depths of the vast lowland rainforests of Taman Negara, Malaysia’s largest remaining natural area (over 4300 km2). Feral Water Buffalo are often seen feeding on short grass on the exposed sandbanks on the edges of the river and Smooth Otter are sometimes seen. Here our superb forest accommodation serves as a perfect base for us to explore our surroundings that literally teem with fruiting and flowering trees attracting an abundance of mammal and bird species. Taman Negara is home to a wonderful diversity of lowland forest mammal species and we can expect a bounty of memorable sightings during our time here.
Days 5 & 6: Taman Negara National Park
Taman Negara National Park is the largest National Park in Peninsular Malaysia and protects a vast area of primary lowland rainforest. We will spend the next 2 days exploring the fantastic network of trails and enjoy boat cruises on the secluded tributaries of the Tembeling River. On a boating adventure through the swift rapids of the Tembling River we can hear the cries of White-handed Gibbons while giant Rhinoceros Hornbills and other bird species may be seen flying between the treetops overhead. Smooth Otter are sometimes seen surfacing and diving along the river. Primates in this area include the commonly seen Long-tailed (or Crab eating Macaque), the rarer Dusky Leaf-Monkey, Banded Leaf-Monkey – which frequently calls at night, and the nocturnal Slow Loris (best sighted on one of our night walks).
The compliment of squirrel species here is truly impressive and includes the likes of Gray-bellied, Plantain, Three-striped Ground, Horse-tailed, Slender, Prevost’s (the most colourful of the tree squirrels) and two species of giant squirrel the size of a cat – the Black Giant and Cream-colored Giant. Other mammalian highlights in the area may include Gaur, Water Buffalo, Indian Muntjac, Lesser Mouse-Deer, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Yellow-throated Marten, Malayan Porcupine and more, luck depending
Asian Elephant also occur, but are seldom seen. Malayan Tapir are one of the strangest of the area’s rainforest mammals and these odd nocturnal beasts are occasionally seen at one of the park’s overnight hides. Being rare and elusive the big cats – Malayan Tiger, Leopard and Clouded Leopard are scarcely seen, but fresh tracks may well be found indicating their presence. Smaller cats however are more frequently seen and include Leopard Cat and with a bit more luck Marbled Cat and Flat-headed Cat. Malayan Sun Bear or Honey Bear may show their presence by claw marks on trees that contain fruit or that have bee or termite nests but these, the smallest of the world’s seven bears, are rarely seen. While exploring the area we may encounter the Orang Asli, an indigenous hunter-gather tribal people that still live a nomadic life inside this extensive Malayan wilderness. Taman Negara also has a Canopy Walkway and, time permitting; we may spend some time here, to experience life at the canopy level.
Day 7: Taman Negara National Park to Kuala Lumpur and depart
This morning we will transfer back to Kuala Lumpur where your time with Rockjumper will conclude and you will connect for your onward flights home. If you are doing the main tour you will need to catch a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu (this flight will be at your own cost) for the start of the main tour.