RFI – Peninsular Malaysia
A bit unexpectedly we will have time in March to visit Peninsular Malaysia for
some 3 weeks to do some bird- and mammalwatching.
The following mammals I hope/expect are somewhat
doable: slow loris, western tarsier, colugo, tapir (Kumbang), a flying squirrel species and the occasional
civet, palm civet, mongoose, or binturong. Poachers seem to have exclusive
viewing rights to exciting macromammals/larger cats, but any tips would be most
Taman Negara, Panti Forest, Bukit Fraser, Kuala Selangor and Cameron Highlands
are well covered by trip reports and I will visit several of these places, but I
would also be interested in trying less visited areas (either guided or
unguided).If anyone could provide practical and/or birding/mammal information on
the following areas that would be great:
Krau Reserve – it looks like this is open to researchers only?? Can tourists
visit this area and if yes, what are the options?
Endau Rompin – is 4WD always necessary to access it. Is there a good trail
network? Are night drives/walks possible/allowed? Are there local guides and are
they any good?
Royal Belum/Tememgor Reserve – the lodges in the area here seem a bit too
focused on the eco/adventure tourist. Are there any places here that cater for
the hobby naturalist and offer (or allow) night drives/walks or boat trips at
Ula Muda Reserve (Earth Lodge) – from the little I could find, this appears to
be a very interesting place (much more than Temenggor/Belum). Has anyone been
The main entrance at Kuala Tahan is well covered in reports, but what about the others.
The Merapoh entrance seems a bit limited in what you can do. How many trails are
there? Is spotlighting along the entrance road worth a try (I was told that spotlighting in the park is not allowed). Does this area have
interesting species that are difficult to find in Kuala Tahan?
North Entrance: Kuala Koh: this area supposedly has a hide with a salt lick and a canopy walkway. Anyone been here??
If I have overlooked any other forest reserves/parks with good
mammal/birdwatching, I would be happy to know.