Perhaps the best way to fully enjoy Malaysia’s waterways is to do kayaking activity. Malaysia is a blessed country to have vast rainforests with unique geography that give rise to beautiful rivers that act as water catchment areas to provide needs to living organisms. Even though almost 71 percent of earth’s surface is covered by water, over 96 percent of the water is saltwater and is in the ocean. The remaining water exists in the water vapors, icecaps, rivers and lakes where only less than 1 percent of the water is available for human consumption.
Nowadays, a lot of countries are having a water crisis where the shortage of clean water for human consumption due to the factor of climate change, deforestation of water catchment area and river pollution mainly by industrial activity which causes less and less river is clean and safe to use. Thus, while paddling along the river, the nature guide will share the importance of keeping our river clean and the relation with protecting the rainforest to have appreciation towards the importance of river conservation for the survival of living things including humans.
Located at the southern part of Peninsular Malaysia, lies a huge forest of Endau-Rompin situated within the states of Pahang and Johor, existed for over 100 million years old. Taman Negeri Rompin, Pahang is one of the entrances to access the Endau-Rompin forest complex that spans approximately 31,000 hectares of protected areas within the Pahang side that contributes to making Malaysia as among the mega diverse countries in the world.
The diversity of flora and fauna in Taman Negeri Rompin, Pahang is directly affected by the source of water available that flows from Sungai Kinchin as the main river. In regards to that, the kayaking activity offered in Taman Negeri Rompin, Pahang puts people right at the centre of the environment as well as giving an excellent workout. The leisure kayaking journey upstream will amaze people with the magnificent view surrounded by forest with wildlife to spot along the way. The interesting part of this kayaking is when people have to get off and pull the kayak in order to pass through rapids and continue paddling to reach LubukDuit. Upon reaching LubukDuit, visitors can swim in the clean and clear water stream to refresh themselves. This activity is not only suitable for adults, it is also suitable for teenagers from the age 10 years as the paddling will be along calm river flows instead of extreme currents that are only suitable for adults with high adrenaline rush.
Though it is commonly thought that kayaking will involve only the upper body part, this type of paddling along Sungai Kinchin involves both hands and legs in order to reach the destination. This way, more calories are burnt within the paddling time. The ultimate sense of exploration does not come from just paddling, but can be achieved by observing the surroundings during kayaking. Visitors can enjoy the serenity of undisturbed tropical rainforest and lucky visitors may spot a few interesting wildlife along the way!
Diverse in plant species due to the source of water from the river has allowed the animals to survive in the forest of Taman Negeri Rompin, Pahang for a long time. Among the wildlife that can be spotted during kayaking activity are Black Hornbill, Dusky Leaf-monkey, White-handed Gibbon and Banded Langur, a species of Langur that is endemic to southern Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Recent study shows that the species can be easily seen in Taman Negeri Rompin, Pahang with a higher number of individuals.