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Best Time to Visit Belum

April to May
  • Butterfly season in Royal Belum

  • New emerging dark red leaves of Perah (Elateriospermum tapos) & Kayu manis (Cinnamomum sp.) gives an Autumn look. Lasts only for one-two weeks after which the leaves turn green.

  • Bungor (Lagerstroemia floribunda) starts flowering with their purple flowers

June to July
  • Emergence of a creeper called Tapak kuda (Bauhinia bidentata) then envelops the crown of the trees and produces an orange flower that adds colour to the canopy.

  • Emergence of new leaves (yellow to light green colour) in the tall Merbau (Intsia palembanica) and the Tualang (Koompassia excelsa) trees

  • Figs (Ficus sp) flowering and fruiting season

August to September
  • Ripe figs (Ficus sp) found all over the forest

  • Hornbill watching season particularly the swarm flight of the Plain Pouch Hornbills

  • Migratory birds resting on the small islands in the lake

October to December
  • Period of Terrestrial Orchid Bloom both in the high areas (2000ft asl) of Belum Temengor

  • Butterfly season in Temengor

  • Migratory birds resting on the small islands in the lake

All year round
  • Batu Puteh island (Limestone Outcrop) in Temengor – ancient cycads; a very small falcon bird living on the limestone island which is said to be the fastest bird in the world.

  • Rafflesia grows in the different part of the forest in Belum Temengor Forest Complex. This species is a seasonal parasite. With a good monitoring system, it will be possible to see a flower in bloom almost every day

  • Eagles perching on rotting stumps on the lake waiting to catch fish for its meals

  • Families of Otters swimming close to the lake banks

  • If lucky, elephants can be observed either swimming in the lake or standing on the shores of the lake

  • Frogs, lizards, gecko and lantern bugs are observable during forest hikes

  • Visiting Orang Asli camps to see their way of life

  • Visit to the dry salt lick where elephant dungs are often seen and if dung is closely observed the dung beetle will be seen. If one is lucky an elephant or two can be spotted at the site.

  • Swimming at the water falls can be done throughout the year but heavy rainy days to be avoided for fear of torrential rush of water from the hill tops which can be very forceful and dangerous.

  • Visit to the wet salt lick in Sg. Papan where foot prints of deer, tapirs and other herbivorous animals can be observed when they come to lick salt in the area. If lucky, a deer or so may be spotted at the site.

  • Observe a valuable mature gaharu tree that is laden with gaharu within the Sg. Papan forest

  • Swimming with the fishes, fish feeding and fish spa at Sg. Rouk in Royal Belum

  • Different types of Mushrooms blooming

  • Different types of gingers blooming (prominent period is from July-August)

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