Gua Telinga

This limestone cave, also known as Ear Cave, is 2.6 kilometres walk or ten minutes boat journey from HQ to the riverbank jetty, Pengkalan Gua. From the riverbank, the caves are 30 minutes walk away along well defined trail through the rainforest. A small sign indicate the entrance. There is a rope following a stream course leading through the cave although it is recommended that visitors join a guided crawl. While the length of the cave is only about 80 metres, there are a few narrow and difficult stretches, but most people should be able to pass through without too much difficulty. The cave may not be negotiable during heavy rains and the monsoon season.

Those who walk all the way from Kuala Tahan must first cross Sungai Tahan and walk to Simpang Tualang before taking left-hand trail that descends to the flat river terrace along Sungai Tembeling. The forest here looks different from that on the slopes-probably due to regular flooding. Crossing the smaller water courses, walkers should look out for the White-crowned Forktails that are found here.

The cave is home to bats, frogs, insects and Cave Racer Snakes (Elaphe taeniura). Bats are the most significant animals in the cave systems and usually the only ones that leave the cave for food. There are two species: the Roundleaf (Hipposideros larvatus) and Dusky Fruit Bat (Phentetor lucasi). Accumulations of bat guano on the cave floor are the food source for a very delicately balanced food chain. Bat serve a very important role  in pollinating fruit tress and supplying nutrients to the cave ecosystem.

In cave rich in bats, the floor crawls with flies, maggots, millipedes, worms, roaches, mites and moth breaking down the bat guano. These organisms are in turn eaten by those further up tha food chain, such as small mammals, frogs and toads. At the top of this chain is the Cave Racer Snakes, the only snake adapted to spending it whole life in a cave. It feed almost exclusively on bats and swiftlets.

 

 

 

 

Gua kepayang, Gua luas, Gua daun menari

There are many interesting caves in the park other than Gua Telinga. These have mostly been scupltured by underground rivers flowing through limestone outcrops.

From Kuala Keniam Lodge, visitors can explore the Gua Daun Menari, Gua Luas and Gua Kepayang. The caves are located in isolated area of the park, 2.5 hours boat ride form Kuala Tahan then proceed for 3-5 hours trekking.

Gua Kepayang Kecil can be reached from Kuala Trenggan, after 2-3 hours trekking. There are some good places to camp along this stretch. The cave interiors are attractive, although graffiti has somewhat spoilt their natural beauty.

Gua Kepayang Besar is the main cave here and is reached by a left hand turn a little further along the trail. This is quite a large chamber, with room inside to move around. This cave is popular for trekking visitors to overnight and shelter. By the way you have to bear in mind that this cave also a shelter for elephant herd or tigers. The rules is simple; first come first served. Which means that if you found them is already inside, you better find other cave for shelter.

Gua Batu Luas is also interesting to visit but in term of history of orang asli in Taman Negara. The survival of the Orang Asli in the rainforest was partly dependent upon using a series of limestone caves for shelter. In 1985 charcoal drawing were discovered in Gua Batu Luas in Taman Negara and attributed to the ancestors of the Batek people. While they only date from 1920, anthropologists have speculated that the traditions of cave painting amongst these people is much older. The motifs found in the cave include mountain scenery that is most likely Gunung Tahan.

Gua Daun Menari is situated near the cliff base. Here there are at least two climbs to the top of Batu Luas. One sarts a few hundred metres south of the campsite and the other from just beyond the entrance to Gua Daun Menari. Fit climbers can challenge this outcrops.

Gua Kepayang

 

Gua Luas

 

Gua Daun Menari

Bridge to Keniam Lodge