Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Destinations: Cameron Highlands - Malaysia

These hills in Malaysia lie around 2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. Though parts can be heavily touristed, especially at weekends, there are many spots off the beaten track where birds and other wildlife can be found. The hills are mostly forested, away from the fruit and tea-plantations, and being up top 2000m asl are cooler than the lowlands. Several trails, not always well-marked or maintained, sometimes steep, lead from the road between Tanah Rata and Brinchang, which are the best bases. Key birds include Rufous-vented Niltava, Bay Woodpecker, Mountain Peacock-Pheasant, Green Magpie and Slaty-backed Forktail.  

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