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Info Wanted for Bukit Tinggi and Genting Highlands (1 Viewer)

Barbets48

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I will be making a trip to Kuala Lumpur in the coming month and would like to do a day trip of birding to a place within easy reach of the city. Would love to go to Fraser's Hill but the distance and time necessary is too much for this visit. I'm open to the possibility of a local guide which would definitely help for ID, but cost could be prohibitive.

I've found a good amount of info in terms of bird species possible at Bukit Tinggi and Genting Highlands, but I have some logistical questions I'd appreciate help with. At this point, I'd most likely plan to be taking a private car to one or both of these locations, probably driving up early in the morning and spending most of the day birding.

1. If I am not spending the night at one of the hotels, are the areas free to come and bird for outside birders? My understanding is that Bukit Tinggi has some gates along the road which may not open to the public until later in the morning for those not staying at the hotels (are they open access later in the day)? How about Genting Highlands? Would birding along the Pump house Trail or the area by the Radar Station (Gunung Ulu Kali) be possible just by driving in and parking along the road, and then walking the trails? Would those areas be accessible very early in the morning?

2. If I needed to, what might be the rough cost for paying for a car with driver from Kuala Lumpur to Genting for the whole day?

3. Given the choice between birding the Genting area or Bukit Tinggi, which would be preferable in terms of bird species possible and ease of birding without a guide? I can see that Mountain Peacock-Pheasant is a specialty of Bukit Tinggi.

Thanks for any tips you can give,

Mike
 
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I will be making a trip to Kuala Lumpur in the coming month and would like to do a day trip of birding to a place within easy reach of the city. Would love to go to Fraser's Hill but the distance and time necessary is too much for this visit. I'm open to the possibility of a local guide which would definitely help for ID, but cost could be prohibitive.

I've found a good amount of info in terms of bird species possible at Bukit Tinggi and Genting Highlands, but I have some logistical questions I'd appreciate help with. At this point, I'd most likely plan to be taking a private car to one or both of these locations, probably driving up early in the morning and spending most of the day birding.

1. If I am not spending the night at one of the hotels, are the areas free to come and bird for outside birders? My understanding is that Bukit Tinggi has some gates along the road which may not open to the public until later in the morning for those not staying at the hotels (are they open access later in the day)? How about Genting Highlands? Would birding along the Pump house Trail or the area by the Radar Station (Gunung Ulu Kali) be possible just by driving in and parking along the road, and then walking the trails? Would those areas be accessible very early in the morning?

2. If I needed to, what might be the rough cost for paying for a car with driver from Kuala Lumpur to Genting for the whole day?

3. Given the choice between birding the Genting area or Bukit Tinggi, which would be preferable in terms of bird species possible and ease of birding without a guide? I can see that Mountain Peacock-Pheasant is a specialty of Bukit Tinggi.

Thanks for any tips you can give,

Mike
As a follow up to my own post for others' future reference, here is some info I found. It seems that the Genting Highlands' public access to trails is limited or over. So I ended up visiting Bukit Tinggi. Shortly after leaving the highway for the turnoff to Bukit Tinggi there is a gate with guards. We arrived before sunrise and the guards radioed to the resort (Colmar Tropicale) that we were coming to bird. A second guard station further up did the same. No major problem at all. The fee for birding in the Japanese garden is roughly 12 RM per person, and you pay it at the Colmar Tropicale reception area. Process of paying and the guards opening the gate to the Japanese Garden took a little longer than hoped, but was pretty easy.

A great contact for the area is Adrian Lim who was very generous in sharing information about where the feeding area for Peacock-Pheasant is (What's App contact: +60 12-339 9980, previously posted by others in the forum).

Mike
 
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