Malaysia is a country with lots of jungle and natural beauty. Many of the rainforests are thousands of years old and some areas are virtually untouched. With magnificent mountains, cool tea plantations, heritage sites, pristine beaches,amazing sunsets,there is something for the tourist to enjoy. For the travellers who are adventurous, there are many outdoor activities to take part.
Experience the thrill of whitewater Rafting
Have the adventure of a lifetime over the rapids of the rivers of Malaysia. Get wet and have fun in this thrilling water adventure which is suitable for families, groups and individuals. White-water rafting is gaining popularity as an adventure sport in Malaysia. The rafting operators will provide all the equipment necessary for the adventure. Maximum safety is ensured and the rafters are always accompanied by certified rafters. Facilities at the site include toilets, shower and changing rooms
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Malaysia is endowed with many lakes and rivers which provide excellent grounds for game fishing. These pristine waterways are often surrounded by tropical rainforests and have many species of fish which can test an angler’s skill. Some types of fishes found here are the Giant Snakehead, Hampala Barb and the Malaysian Red Mahseer. Kenyir Lake and the Royal Belum State Park are two of the most well known places for inland fishing. Other sites are the rivers in Taman Negara, Endau river located in the Endau-Rompin Park and the lakes of Bera and Chini. Basic accommodation can be found in these fishing areas. Other activities available are boating and jungle trekking.
Malaysia has a long coastline with deep drop offs which are premier grounds for big game fishing. There are many islands off the coast of Malaysia where the nutrient rich waters provide a broad spectrum of game fish. Some species include Marlin, Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Escolar, Dogtooth Tuna and the Hampala Barb to name a few.
Malaysia with a tropical climate is a favourite destination for birdwatching. This can be enjoyed all year round because of the climate. The various ecosystems for birdwatching include nature parks, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, islands and rainforests. With habitats like mangrove swamps, rainforests and mountain ranges, Malaysia is home to hundreds of bird species.
Owing to its unique geographical position, there is an incredible diversity of birds in this country. Malaysia is also a passage way for migratory birds travelling to Sumatra and beyond especially in April and October. Some well- known birdwatching sites are Langkawi Island, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Kinabalu Park. Putrajaya Wetlands, which is an hours’ journey outside Kuala Lumpur is an excellent birdwatching site. Some types of birds seen are the Malaysian Peacock Pheasant, hornbills, Milky Stork, Sarus Crane,eagles, Red Trogons, Dusky Broadbill and the Rufous-collared Kingfisher.
The beautiful rainforests of Malaysia offer many opportunities for jungle trekking and camping. The varied tropical landscapes are ideal to discover the amazing diversity of wildlife, flora as well as fauna. For nature lovers, there are many trails in the wildlife reserves and national parks to choose from. It is necessary to have a trained local guide to ensure your safety in the dense rainforests. The guide can provide information about the flora and fauna as well as to point the animals which might be camouflaging themselves . Many of the species of plants and animals are endemic to Malaysia, some of which are protected.
Campsites are available in many of the national parks in Malaysia, some can also be found on the mountains. It is advisable to check with the relevant camp sites’ authorities before you make any booking as the monsoon season is not suitable for camping.