Rafflesia’s New Eco-Tourism Package For Endau-Rompin, Pulau Sibu

Adventure, nature and leisure – these attractions await holiday-makers in the ‘Rimba Trail’ tour package spanning the Taman Negara Endau-Rompin rainforest and an island getaway in Pulau Sibu.

This three-in-one package is part of Rafflesia’s efforts to promote eco-tourism and it has received support from the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board.

Tourists will be taken to the centuries-old forest reserve of Endau-Rompin on four-wheel drive vehicles from Kuala Lumpur to Segamat, Bekok, Kampung Peta and Tanjung Leman where they will pass through secondary and virgin jungles, logging areas and oil palm plantations.

They will also cross over Sungei Selai, a shallow but sandy river.

Visitors will stay in Kuala Jasin, a base camp for such outings in the Endau-Rompin rainforest. The main activity in Endau-Rompin will be jungle trekking, river crossing and a dip at the breathtaking Upeh Guling or Buaya Sangkut waterfalls.

‘That’s the adventure and nature part.” said Abu Bakar Mohammad, general manager of Rafflesia Vacation (M) Sdn Bhd, adding that visitors will have an Orang Asli guide as well.

For leisure, visitors will be transported to Pulau Sibu Besar, off Johor, which is just about 25 minutes way from the Tanjung Leman jetty. In Pulau Sibu,they will stay in the comfort of the Rimba Resort, which overlooks the South China Sea.

The package is tailored in such a way that tourists can enjoy a total relaxation in the island hide-away of Pulau Sibu Besar after an arduous adventure in the jungle.

While in Pulau Sibu, they can choose optional packages for fishing, going round the island and snorkelling.

Abu Bakar said Rafflesia has arranged a package for foreign tourists consisting of a three-night stay in Endau-Rompin, another three nights in Pulau Sibu Besar dan two nights in Kuala Lumpur.

The package for locals costs RM829 per person and comprise a two-night stay in Endau-Rompin and another two nights in Pulau Sibu. This local package is inclusive of the 4X4 drive from Kuala Lumpur up to Tanjung Leman in Johor, boat transfer to Pulau Sibu Besar, the return journey from Tanjung Leman back to Kuala Lumpur.

It also covers meals, camping equipment, accommodation on twin-sharing basis in Rimba Resort, personal accident coverage during the trip.

Taman Negara Endau-Rompin Supervisor Ramli Bachok said the national park, which covers about 49,000 hectares, only takes in 3,000 visitors annually. Only 10 percen
t of the forested area is op
ened to the public.

The park is closed during rainy season from November to December for safety reasons.

Ramli explained that once there is a sudden downpour, some of the areas in the park could be flooded within minutes.

The national park can only take a maximum of 200 visitors at a time so as not to upset the ecological balance of Endau-Rompin while preserving it as a national heritage, he said.

Of special interest in Endau-Rompin are the flora which cannot be found elsewhere in the world