Observation Tower in Malay name "Bumbung". There are total 6 bumbung in Taman Negara, Bumbung Tahan, Bumbung Kumbang, Bumbung Cegar Anjing, Bumbung Yong, Bumbung Blau, and Bumbung Tabing. The use of the Bumbung is to observe wildlife at the night. You can overnight in any bumbung except Bumbung Tahan. To reserve a place to stay in the bumbung, you have to book at the wildlife department. No early reservation accept, only can reserve it at the same day or 1 day before.
Bumbung Tahan (Tahan Hide)
The nearest Observation Tower with 10min walk from the park headquarter and Mutiara Taman Negara Resort. Tahan Hide constructed with 3-story height and overlooking the salt lick. As most wildlife are nocturnal, the flashlights are needed to view the wildlife that come to the salt licks at night. At Tahan Hide, the chances to spot the wildlife is depends on the noise and number of visitors. The noisier the lesser! However during the normal night, the visitors can easily spot at least 5 to 9 numbers of sambar deer eating the grass, some wild boar looking for worms, the monitor lizards and if your lucky the porcupine. During the early years, tapir also can be spotted but not now. This hide open for visit but not for overnight.
Bumbung Kumbang (Kumbang Hide)
Staying in Kumbang Hide is the most famous activity to do in Taman Negara. Can be access by trekking around 6-7 hours, 11.5KM. The easiest way is by boat from Kuala Tahan to Kuala Trenggan (40min) and then proceed for 40-60 minutes trekking to Kumbang Hide.
Compare with other bumbung, Kumbang Hide located far deep in the jungle. The chances to spot for wildlife is higher because less human activity. In the record, Seladang (Gaur) have been seen here. Gaur is a rare animals and protected species. During the day Seladang seek the cool of the forest venturing out into the open grassed areas and to the salt licks at dusk. Other common animals spot here is Tapir, Sambar and Barking Deer Deer.
This hide can accommodate up to 8 persons.
Bumbung Tabing (Tabing Hide)
Tabing Hide located about 3 hours return walk from HQ by following the Lata Berkoh trail. If by boat it takes only 15 minutes. Some parts of the trail may be steep and slippery, especially after raining. This hide can accommodated 8 person with a simple bath room. Nearby the hide that is a swimming spot. You can do cooking, swimming or lay back do a sun bath. This hide is easily spot tapir and sambar deer.
Bumbung Yong & Blau
Belau Hide and Yong Hide can be accessed by half day trek from Kuala Tahan or 10 minutes by boat to Pengkalan Belau then proceed with trekking; less 10 minutes to Yong Hide or less 30 minutes to Belau Hide.
Both hide can accommodate up to 8 persons for overnight with attached simple bathroom. Tapir are often seen here, before dawn. Barking and Sambar Deer are also common visitors, any rustling below the hide is most likely to be Civet Cats.
Bumbung Cegar Anjing
Cegar Anjing hide located 3 hours from the park HQ. Before you go, better check the water level at park HQ. Because you need to cross the river before reach this hide. The Chegar Anjing saltlick previously is an airstrip filed for small plane and now become secondary vegetation forest. As a result, the birds are different, with coucal and jungle fowl often seen here. The saltlick here is artificial and was established to attract deer and Seladang.