In the northwest corner of Penang Island lies Taman Negara Pulau Pinang. This discreet nature reserve straddles 1,266 hectares of coastal hill dipterocarps, mangroves, beaches, and rocky shores. It ranks second in size to Taman Negara. Many species of flora and fauna - including rare and endangered ones - thrive here, barely 45 minutes from the city centre. There are ample avenues to observe and photograph birds, turtles and other wildlife in their natural habitat. The park is ideal for jungle trekking, made all the more interesting by uneven terrain, challenging slopes, and rocky outcrops. The visitor will have a chance to experience different habitats ranging from sandy and rocky beaches to mudflats, mangroves, a meromictic lake, and tropical rainforest.
There are no facilities for accommodation in the park. Only participants of organised and structured programmes on nature study and conservation education are allowed to camp. But as the park is so near to the city, visitors have a choice of comfortable accommodation in Georgetown, Batu Feringghi, and Teluk Bahang. These range from five-star beach resorts to budget hotels and hostels.
For further information, please contact:
Penang National Park
Jalan Hassan Abas,Teluk Bahang,
Tel: (604) 881 3530/ 04-881 3500
Fax: (604) 881 2016
Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Peninsular Malaysia
KM10, Jalan Cheras
56100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (603) 9075 2872
Fax: (603) 9075 2873