An Extraordinaire Expedition to Buaya Sangkut Waterfall, Endau-Rompin National Park, Johor Darul Takzim

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A cascade part of Buaya Sangkut Waterfall

On 29-31th May 2010, 10 comrades from Luarbiasa Photography group led by dR Ali went for an extraordinary journey to Buaya Sangkut Waterfall within the virgin jungle of Endau-Rompin National Park, Johor Darul Takzim. This trip is fully sponsored by Perbadanan Taman Negara Johor. Luarbiasa Comrades 1. Dr Jamal (flickr, blog posting) 2. Shahreen (flickr) 3. Jasni Muda(flickr) 4. Ali Tukiman(flickr) 5. Emran MT (flickr, blog posting,facebook) 6. Hisyam Rahman (flickr) 7. Abg Naim (Chef) 8. Abdullah Jones (blog posting) 9. Pahat (flickr) 10. Ali - Amir sahab (flickr) Perbadanan Taman Negara Officials 1. En Fakhrul 2. En Herman Riswan 3. Ms Nur Amira Abd Rahman (trainee from UPM) 4. Ms Neeny Wawa (trainee from UPM)

few others 'sneaked' to the bungalow (which is an open wakaf). And minutes after reaching our camp site.4. bypassing Pantai Burung campsite (a not so successful tourism project) & NERC.. the rain started to fall quite heavily. While few comrades preparing the tent. After stopping for a while at the visitor complex. hehehe. . the younger brother. The distance from Kuala Jasin to Kuala Marong is about 4KM which would need about an hour of trekking. Whenever the 4wd reach a tarred road. After consulting with Fahmi (the young 4wd driver) he agreed to send us further to a point before Kuala Marong which would cut our trekking time from an hour to around 15 minutes only.. An observation which is shared by everyone is the untarred red road is far better than the tarred road. our camp site for the night. A group from Singapore is already there greeting us. After crossing the Jasin river with rope assistance. Good & punctual service. we proceed our journey to Kuala Jasin. By 12pm we started to venture into the national park with two 4WD hired by the Perbadanan Taman Negara Johor for us.SANTAI DAY @ KUALA MARONG (Kahang-Kg Peta-Kuala JasinKuala Marong) First day went smooth when by 11am everyone is already registered at the PETA office. After a bumpy 53km ride we finally reach the Visitor Complex at Kg Peta. we finally reached Kuala Marong. This is because the tarred road is not well maintained therefore pothole is mushrooming like crazy (a friend make a remark that the pothole is similar to the pothole at Upih Guling waterfall). Ms Neeny Wawa (trainee from UPM) DAY 1 . After few kilometers from Kahang town. we reached the main entrance to the park through palm oil plantation. Our 4wd is driven by Fahmi. At Kuala Jasin we stop for Zohor & Asar jamak prayer before continuing to Kuala Marong. Both 4wd belonged to a family business managed by Farid (Angah) & Fahmi. the driver must be extra careful and drive slowly throughout the damaged road.. somehow i prefer to sleep in the open while in the jungle than inside a tent.

dR lead the group to Upih Guling Waterfall for photography session.Sungai Jasin stream @ Kuala Marong (IR) Immediately after the rain stop. the last proper camp site before buaya sangkut is Batu Hampar campsite which is 3 hours journey to Buaya Sangkut. I wake up quite early as i would to cook few things from my backpack to lessen the burden a bit. While they were crossing the river. fried vegetable. this is because in the original itinerary we intent to camp at Buaya Sangkut. Takah kunyit is the camp site used by Taman Negara renjer/officials and not actually for public use. After dinner and taking bath. fresh fish steam cooked. he suggest that we camp at Takah Kunyit.. while the rendang ayam tesco only need a .. Abg Naim didnt follow as he already started to preparing our meal for the night.. After the dinner. nasi himpit take a while to cook...THE ADVENTURE TO TAKAH KUNYIT (Kuala Marong-Batu Hampar-Takah Kunyit As early as five o'clock in the morning few people already wake-up. At night. From Takar Kunyit we only need an hour to get to Buaya Sangkut Waterfall so if we started our final push before/after subuh it should be ok to get the slow shutter picture.. four kampit of nasi himpit with two rendang ayam tesco. En Herman explain that at Buaya Sangkut there is no level ground suitable as camp site.. therefore he request that instead of camping at Buaya Sangkut Waterfall. DAY 2 .. everyone started to sleep to prepare for tomorrow's adventure.... and fried fresh fish. i decided to venture alone to another part not far from Kuala Marong camp site. he cited few risk such as fallen tree (its inter-monsun season-lots of rain) and wild animal (such as tiger) . about half an hour. Takah Kunyit is located about 2 hours journey after Batu Hampar.. we were very pleased with the meal cooked by abg naim & hisyam. En Herman & En Fakhrul discussed with dR ali about the 2nd day program.

As it were raining.. After a while we backed at the camp and eat the breakfast (mihun goreng) prepared by abg naim. After a gruelling 2 hours and 20 minutes... After 40 minutes the first group arrived at Batu Hampar and after an hour everyone safely arrive at Batu Hampar... The heavy rain make the journey more difficult as we need to negotiate steep and slippery track. rope is provided at every difficult section.. But not bringing or stripping few important item/lenses would mean compromising on the final output... I'm for instance decided not to bring the tripod as my Benro 550 is quite heavy. majority of the group went to Upih Guling again for slow shutter session. Being a photographer its always a difficult decision whenever we need to go trekking/hiking as the camera's load would make the journey more difficult. we waited for a while. a very practical option for future trekking/travelling needs. The main culprit is the camera equipment which is more 8kg (2 body .. I simple need to rely on other method to take slow shutter picture such as 'building a tripod' whenever i need one. From Batu Hampar to Takah Kunyit is where the gruelling adventure begun. We would instead bring our heavy backpack which include the photography equipment. Immediately after Subuh prayer and breakfast.one of it 5D MKII... Few minutes before 12 o'clock its still raining therefore En Fakhrul request that we proceed regardless of the weather condition as it is very unpredictable. Feeling relief i went to the waterfall and clean myself especially from dozen of ferocious leeches. this creatures is everywhere. whenever you open your cloth/sock/long pant after a long trekking. 1 flash and sling lowepro bag). Along the way .. i managed to reach Takah Kunyit. There abg naim and the guides are in the midst of preparing our camp site and two large tents using fly...minute or two to heat it up. Tasik Biru is indeed a very beautiful place with calm and peaceful river stream and school of kelah. hehehe....MPE 65mm macro lens is the heaviest. hehehe.. Most people would do only daypack to Buaya Sangkut Waterfall either from Kuala Jasin (5 hours one way) or from Kuala Marong (4 hours one way) or from Batu Hampar Campsite (3 hours one way).. Majority of the group carry their own backpack including me which packed around 22kg of item. Me and Shahreen went to Tasik Biru which is 500m only from the Kuala Marong camp site and need only 10 minutes trekking.some already start calculating the next day journey including me. even if they are fully loaded they won fall down volutarily. At about 10am we started our journey. After a while everyone reached the campsite with exhausting look in their face. . we started to pack to go the our next camp site which is Takah Kunyit. expect to see dozen of them hanging around partying like a drunken thug.. since it were raining daily when we came here. After breakfast. 3 lenses .

. after an hour we finally reached the destination. around 6:30am a total of 14 people including the guides & taman negara official started to trek to buaya sangkut..... hehehhe DAY 3 .. hill after hill. instead of start trekking before subuh. .. at night. we start trekking after subuh prayer. ropes after ropes....FROM BUAYA SANGKUT TO KUALA JASIN (Takah Kunyit-Buaya Sangkut-Takah Kunyit-Batu Hampar-Kuala Marong-Kuala Jasin-Kg PetaKahang The final & most important day.Ferocious Terrorist of Endau-Rompin And here abg naim cooked for us 'ikan kelah dalam tin' and also the delicious steamed fish again.. everyone sleep soundly with generator working tirelessly.

. somehow the crocodile appear again in the girl dream saying the same thing. a young girl has a dream that a crocodile (buaya) want to eat her. once upon a time . which mean it quite impossible to do slow shutter without having part of your picture totally washed out. his parent decided to go to higher ground .. but then somehow suddenly it turned to a stone while climbing... the sun is already out and part of buaya sangkut waterfall is already lighten up directly by the sun's light (very similar situation with Tanglir Waterfall @ Bukit Tinggi) .. so the family move to a higher ground with large waterfall which is impossible for the crocodile to reach due to the steep rock along the waterfall......... According to the legend. few of us including me crossed the river with the help from the orang asli guide to have a close look at the waterfall. when she tell about the dream to his parent.. thats why the waterfall is called Buaya Sangkut (loosely translated as stucked crocodile ) . but suddenly one morning they saw the crocodile tried to climb its way at the waterfall.Part of the cascade at Buaya Sangkut Waterfall while its still early when we reached the destination (7:30am). nevertheless we enjoyed our stay here. a place where the any crocodile wont be able to reach. Feeling relief..

After several 'discount'. which mean they are almost an hour in front of us........ good thing about it is that they already cooked some maggi mee and milo for us to eat while waiting for the rest of the group. with Jasni & Ali muar beside me. fuuhh. we returned back to our Takah Kunyit campsite. the front group led by abg naim and the girls (nuramira & neen) managed to do it in 1 hour and 30 minutes only. we finally regroup with the front group at Kuala Marong....The Buaya Sangkut Waterfall After refreshing ourself with the maggi mee cooked by our guide and glass of milo. i thought i would stumbled upon them resting in any point waiting for the rest of the group. packing our staff and headed home to Kuala Jasin. :D .... i still didnt see the front group... while we set about 2 hours and 20 minutes..

All waterfall/stream there is very beautiful. :D Major Point to note .com/view_trip.Its time to start planning for other Taman Negara trek. some managed to repeat swimming with the kelah @ Tasik Biru.Adidas kampung is the best shoe to wear here. At Kuala Jasin. toilet. http://www. .282' Batu Hampar Waterfall N2°30.Ironlady of Endau-Rompin Less than three hours everyone already reached Kuala Marong.Electricity.. Dr Jamal using his Garmin 60sx. .. unless you want to collect a whole load of them.951' . camp site Batu Hampar .Wakaf.563' E103°19. throughout the journey we passed through the newly constructed jambatan gantung and need to cross the river again before Kuala Jasin..645' Takah Kunyit N2°29.261' E103°20.Leech sock is a must...Camp site only GPS Point Kuala Marong N2°30..camp site. then we continue our journey to Kuala Jasin...toilet Takah Kunyit .johorparks.everytrail.com Campsite facility guide Kuala Jasin . Selai..Batu Hampar & Buaya Sangkut.Cooking area (no gas). Below is the GPS trail simulation recorded by one of our trip members . and Ulu Kemapan . each is unique in its own way .cooking area with gas Kuala Marong ....Tasik Air Biru. if we ever repeat i would prefer to do it in 4D3N so there will be more time for photography instead of trekking -porter should be considered next time .com Email: info@johorparks.831' E103°21.. definitely worth a revisit -3D2N is too short for a photography trip if you want to cover Upih Guling.php?trip_id=644731 Endau-Rompin National Park Kahang Office (Tel/Fax) : +607-7882812/+607-7882813 Kg Peta Visitor Complex: +607-7021111/+607-7021100 Website: www. toilet.. chalet. but if 4D3N then it would be less tiring and might not need any porter.. only RM 6-8 per pair . cooking area with gas. Bekuk. everyone clean themself before heading to Kahang town in 4WD with nice memory and hopefully good photograph...The best time all year round is March-April ..

everytrail.php? trip_id=644731 Credit Thanks to En Bakar from Perbadanan Taman Negeri Johor Thanks to abe We Jaseim who sponsor the fresh fish Thanks to dRali for giving the opportunity to join this expedition The utmost important. thank to Allah .Buaya Sangkut: 1 hour Extra bit GPS trail recorded by Dr Jamal : http://www.Batu Hampar : 45 minutes Kuala Marong .Kuala Marong : 1 hour Kuala Marong .201' Trekking duration (estimation only & excluding rest) Kuala Jasin .Tasik Air Biru: 10 minutes Batu Hampar .com/view_trip.Takah Kunyit : 2 hours Takah Kunyit ..Buaya Sangkut N2°29.Upih Guling : 15 minutes Kuala Marong .841' E103°19.

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