Spread over the southern Malaysian states of Johor and Pahang, Endau Rompin National Park is the second largest national park in peninsular Malaysia.
Its nearly 900 square kilometres cover diverse terrain from lowland rainforests to mountain waterfalls and are home to some of Malaysia's most endangered animals, like the Malayan tiger and Sumatran rhinoceros. Of course, you're more likely to run into the Sultan of Johor on the hiking trails than a rhino, but it's worth the trip to have the pristine jungle all to yourself.
The fact that Endau Rompin is a real pain to get to means it receives just a tiny fraction of the visitors as the larger Taman Negara National Park.
The park is named for the two major rivers that run through its boundaries -- the Endau River in Johor and Rompin River in Pahang. Motorised boats can take you part of the way to the far-flung campsites or are available for wildlife viewing at dusk when animals come to the river to drink.
Endau Rompin National Park has three entry points: Kampung Peta, Selai and Kuala Rompin. The roads into the park are extremely rough and a 4WD vehicle is a must. During the rainy season from November to February the roads are impassable and the park basically shuts down.
The most commonly used entry point is Kampung Peta, which is about 60 kilometres from the town of Kahang. At Kampung Peta you'll find the Endau Rompin National Park Visitors Complex, chalets and dorms, a canteen and a settlement of Orang Asli, the indigenous people, some of whom work as trekking guides.
As the park is hours from civilisation, be sure to pack bring everything you might need, including insect repellent, leech socks and any medications.
By Tanya Procyshyn.