Ancient tropical rainforest
park boasting exotic species of tropical plants and animals is one
of the last remaining lowland forests in Malaysia. It derives its
name from the Rompin and Endau rivers which form the watershed on
which the park relies.
Located south of Pekan, the
Endau Rompin State Park is the newest nature reserve in Malaysia,
yet being over one million years old, it covers over 80,000 hectares
of virgin jungles straddling the States of Pahang and Johor.
order to enter Endau Rompin, one has to go into the turnoff marked
with a FELDA SELENDANG signboard, which is a dirt track that
meanders through palm oil plantations under the FELDA Development
Scheme. Along the way to Endau Rompin State Park enjoy the view of
an ex-tin mining pool just before a steep drive towards the security
house. Permits are required before entering this Nature Reserve.
Permits can be obtained at the District Office, which is just
alongside the Police Department in Kuala Rompin before reaching the
FELDA Selendang turn off from Lanjut Beach. Upon entering, trekkers
will be guided by forest rangers to ensure safety at all times.
Dubbed as Bandar Udang Galah or Giant Prawn Town, relatively
unexplored Kuala Rompin is a haven for king prawn fishing and
adventure activities. From November to February, high numbers of
giant river prawns or udang galah spawn move down river. Spawning
begins when the dry spell hits after the monsoon floods. In the
murky depths of the winding Rompin river lurk the lam kong, blue
pincers in Hokkien, which can reach up to 30 cm in length and weigh
half a kg each. A restaurant called Restoran Leban Condong in
Kampung Leban Condong, just a minutes drive away from the town
specialises in fresh and live, ready-to cook, giant prawns that are
kept in water tanks. The price will not dent your pocket. On
Sundays, the morning market with makeshift stalls along the street
comes alive with local sights, sounds and smells.
Kuala Rompin is within the triangle of the most fascinating
attractions in the State Endau Rompin Park, Tioman Island and
unspoiled Rompin beach that stretches from Endau to Nenasi in Peka.
One can also explore the surrounding areas tucked in lush
rainforests, with winding rivers and scenic riverbanks. Some of
which are homes to millions of fireflies. In addition, there are
Orang Asli settlements, fishing villages, agricultural plots with
scenic padi fields, as well as, small islands that are within easy