Selai is the western gateway to Johor’s famed Endau Rompin Johor National Park. Endau Rompin is the newest lowland tropical rain forest located in Johor, Malaysia. The area itself being more than 248 million years old where the exotic flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. Scientific expeditions and researches are still visiting the parks regularly.
Endau Rompin (Selai) National Park was officially opened to public in 2003. Selai is named after Kampung Selai, one of the five aborigine villages you must go through before you reach the entrance of the park.
It is the second gateway to the Endau Rompin Johor, National Park. The park has an area of 48,905 hectares in total of gazettement which distributed into two parts; which is Endau Rompin (Peta) National Park and Endau Rompin (Selai) National Park. Endau Rompin (Peta) encompasses about 19,562 hectares (40% of total gazetted area) with entrance from Kahang, Mersing. Meanwhile, Endau Rompin (Selai) encompasses about 29,343 hectares (60% of total gazetted area) with entrance from Bekok, Segamat.
An Orang Asli legend has it that there was once a celestial princess who possessed the power of innate body heat. When she descended upon Earth, the scorching heat that emanated from her body led to a drought. This caused the mighty river that flowed from Gunung Besar to be reduced to a mere trickle - the size of a strip of rattan - or ‘sehelai rotan’. Hence forever after, the river was called Selai, and the park that was later create there took this name. As for the legend, anyone visiting Selai today will have no doubt that it is all in the distant past. For this a blessed place.
Hiking across Selai entails scenic river crossing via rope bridges, and hopping along the boulders that do the Selai River. No matter how long you trek, the exhilarating sound of water rushing over rocks is never far away.
Nature’s adornment here comes in the form of a series of photogenic waterfalls. No less than 20 are to be found around the park, each one seemingly prettier than the one before. The most spectacular of these is the Takah Tujuh (Takah Tinggi), which is spread over an elevation of seven tiers. It has such an atmospheric quality that the Orang Asli say spirits dwell in its upper.