Sarawak National Park...Sarawak natural wonders can best be experience in its national park...where intriguing species of flora and fauna, caves and untouched coral reefs can be found.
Sarawak is famous for its wide range of national parks. It is one of the major tourist attractions that keep visitors coming back to the state over and over again.
Be mesmerized by the scenery of the Gunung Mulu National Park and the massive limestone outcrops of the Niah Caves.
Sarawak indeed has much to offer when it comes to natural tourist attractions.
Sarawak has one of the most extensive protected area networks in Malaysia. Currently there are about 15 totally protected areas that is opened to the public. These parks showcase Sarawak natural heritage.
Bako National Park-the Oldest Sarawak National Park.
Bako National Park is situated 37km from Kuching, is mainly a tropical rain forest rich in tropical plants and vegetation especially the various types of flora and fauna . There are the silver-leaf monkeys, proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, white bellied sea-eagle,multicolour barbet, monitor lizards and wild boars can be seen.
The park can be reach by boat from Kampong Bako and comfortable chalets, hostels and also camping site are offered at the park. Camping facilities like tents and rise platform are also available for rent.
Every visitor are advise to obtain entry permit available at the Tourist Information center at the Old Court House, Kuching and also at the entrance to the park and also at the Forest Department website.
The trails are well marked in different colour according to their distance. If you're concerned that you might get loss, the park guard are more than willing to guide your around. You are being remind that you're not allowed to take plants or animal out from the park....and don't throw indiscriminately. Left only your footprint and take home a pictures of memories.
Mere words cannot explain the experience being there yourself. So plan your next weekend getaway to Bako National Park.
Tanjung Datu National Park- newest and the smallest Sarawak National Park.
Tanjung Datu National is situated at the westmost tip of Sarawak on the Datu Peninsula in Kuching Division. It is one of the smallest parks in Sarawak. Getting there is by 40 minute boat ride from Sematan, Lundu and entry to the park required permission from the Forest Department of Sarawak.
Its pristine environment with a series of mountain ranges and luxurious mixed dipterocrap forest and fauna make the park a pleasant place to visit. The park has an abundance of interesting and varied marine creatures from dolphins to whales, flying fish, turtles, king crabs, octopus, sea anemones and carols. The unpolluted crystal clear water make it a deal site for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Kubah National Park, Kuching, Sarawak.
Kubah National Park is located about 20 km from Kuching. The park is one of Sarawak's most accessible national parks by road. Matang Transport Company bus no.11 services this route at every one hour interval. You can also chartered your own transport.
The park is dominated by a sandstone plateau which includes three montains "Mount Serapi", "Mount Selang" and "Mount Sendok"..consists of largely undisturbed natural forest of alluvial forest,...lowland mixed dipterocarp forest...keranges forest...submontane forest and secondary forest. Kubah National Park is home to a variety of wildlife and rich in palms and orchid.
Within the park itself is the Matang Wildlife Centre which house the endangered wildlife in large mammal enclosure located in the rainforest to mimic the wildlife natural environment. The Centre also doubled up as an information centre and with education program being conducted for the public on the Wildlife in Sarawak and the conservation efforts undertaken.
The park is ideal for jungle trekking with well marked trails and range from 30 minutes walk to 3 hours. There are various cool and refreshing waterfall along the trails for sure to take a dip in the clear mountain streams.
For those who preferred to spend the weekend or the night at the park...there are chalets and hostel for accommodation. There are air-conditioned and fans are provided in the accommodation. Full kitchen facilities are also for those who would like to do their own cooking.
Batang Ai National Parks-Home of the "Orang Utan"
Batang Ai National Parks is located in Sri Aman Division.The park is accessible by bus from Sri Aman town itself or a 4 hours drive from Kuching. You can also make arrangement with the local travel agent.
Batang Ai National Park is home to the "Orang Utan"...the world's most endangered species...besides the hornbills and also the gibbons. It is also the water catchment area to Sarawak's only artificial lake that stretches up the Engkari and Ai valleys. The dam is part of the Batang Ai Hydro-Electricity Complex.
The park is dominated by beautiful lowland mixed dipterocarp forest...river transport is the only mean to get around the park. A visit upriver to the authentic Iban longhouse would be an experience that you won't want to miss. They produce beautiful "Pua Kumbu", and handicrafts from rattans.
There is not accommodation at the park but a luxurious Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort is available by the lake. Some Kuching-based tour operator do organized visit to the Iban longhouse and a visit to the park also.
Be reminded that there are no food or drink being sold inside or in the immediate vicinity of the park so be prepare. Organized tours prepared their own food.
Like all national park in Sarawak, permission are required for entry. This permit are available at the Park...the Tourist Information Center and also through Sarawak Forestry website.
Gunung Gading National Park – Home to world's largest flower..the Rafflesia tuan-mudae.
Gunung Gading National Park is located in the Lundu Disctrict, Kuching Division. The park is just a few minutes drive from Lundu town and 2 hours drive from kuching. Public buses are also available both from Kuching city and also Lundu town itself.
The main attraction at the park is the Rafflesia tuan-mudae flower but it best to check with the park administration about the timing of the flower bloom. Other attraction at the park is the cold and refreshing waterfall at the upper reaches of Sungei Lundu.
Its have become a popular recreational destination for both local and outsiders. For the more adventurous visitors... a hike up the Mount Gading would be a wonderful experience.
The park provide Chalets, Forest Hostel and camping site for visitor who would like to spend the night at the park. Other facilities at the park are like the plank work...well marked jungle trails...public toilets...information centre and 24 hours electricity and treated water.
Lambir Hills National Park – The virgin Rainforest of Sarawak.
Lambir Hills National Park is located along the Miri-Bintulu Road, some 30 km from south of Miri City.The park is consist of the central portion of the Lambir Hills...a rugged east-west trending sandstone escarpment.
This park has a outstanding regional and global conservation significance for its extraordinary species-rich forest...making it ideal for botanist and researchers throughout the world. The park has a high potential value of recreational...educational and research purpose.
Rich natural Mixed dipterocrap forest cover more that half of the park area. Apart for the various tree species...the park is also very rich in other plant species such as ferns, gingers , vines and palms just to name a few. There are also a good variety of animals and birds being recorded in the park.
Other then the flora and fauna...Lambirs Hills National Parks have magnificent waterfalls and pools...the 22 meter Three Tower situated on the Pantu Trail where you can climb and have a view of the dipterocarp forest profile...making it also an excellent for bird watching. A well marked trails are constructed for visitors to explore the forest...hills...valleys and waterfalls.
It not difficult to get to the park...there are public buses and taxi available from Miri city and also private transport.
Lambir Hills National Park offered different type of Forest Lodge and also camping site as accommodation at an affordable price. There is a small canteen at the park serving simple meals and drinks. No cooking are allowed in the hostels.
Gunung Mulu National Park.-UNESCO World's Heritage, The Largest Sarawak National Park.
Gunung Mulu National Park is located in the Interior of Miri Division. The park is one of Nature's most spectacular achievements and the "jewel in the crown' of Sarawak's expanding network of national parks. It's the largest national parks of all Sarawak National Parks. Even though the park is dominated by Gunung Mulu...Gunung Api and Gunung Benarat...the main attraction lies below the surface.
Hidden underneath the forested slopes of these mountains is one of the largest limestone cave systems in the world... a breath-taking natural wonder with Deer Cave being the world's largest cave passage...Sarawak Chamber world's largest natural chamber and Clearwater Cave Southeast Asia longest cave.
Mulu National Park is covered in rich primary rainforest with offers some excellent jungle treks and mountains hikes. The Mulu Pinancles razor sharp limestone spikes sit majestically on the slopes of Gunung Api is a must view. Other trails worth trying are the Headhunter's Trail and the Gunung Mulu Summit Trek.
The park rich rainforest flora and flora attracted scientist all over the world to studies and make research on the park bio-diversity. There is an impressive arrays of plants and animal being recorded in the park.
The park is accessible by scheduled air services operates by MasWings form Miri City or Limbang town and by boat via Marudi. You can check with the local tour operator for boat passage arrangement. There is accommodation facilities withing the park which consist of chalets...hostel and also camping site. Kitchen facilities are also provided for visitor who would like to prepare their own meals. Other accommodation available is international class hotel the Royal Mulu Resort and also a number of guesthouses situated along the Melinau River.
Like all the National Park in Sarawak permit are required for entry to the park. Upon arrival at the park you're required to register yourself at the Park Hq.
Niah National Park-The Archeological Site of Sarawak.
Niah National Park is where the oldest modern human remains was discovered....making the park one of the most important archeological sites in the world. The park cave are home to bats and swiftlets. You can also view the famous Painted Cave a reminder that the cave was once home to human.
Beside the Painted Cave...the Great Cave is another interesting sites to visit. There is two well marked trail...Jalan Bukit Kasutand Jalan Madu for the convenient of the visitors to enjoy the nature surrounding and the different kind of flora and fauna at the park
Niah National Park provides accommodation facilities in the form of Chalets...rest house and hostel with electricity and piped water. Other facilities available at the park are canteen...serving variety of simple meal and drinks...public toilets and washroom...AV room and information centre.
To get to Niah National Park...you can public transport either from Miri or Bintulu to Batu Niah town and from there you can either take a ride on a longboat to the Park Hq or take a 45 minutes stroll along the river bank..or a taxi straight to the Park Hq.
Similajau National Park in Bintulu.
Similajau National Park is located 30 km from Bintulu town...provides recreational ground for the people within the central region of Sarawak It is one of the most beautiful coastal area in Malaysia.
The park has a variety of interesting flora and fauna...Tongkat Ali and Bintangor being the most know for their medicinal value..dolphin..turtle...crocodile...horseshoe crab and hornbill.
There are well marked trails and interesting places within the park itself worth checking out. Among the interesting places are Batu Mandi...View Point...Golden Beach. The trials are colored marked to make it easier and convenient for the visitor.
The parks offered host of recreational and educational activities among them..Jungle Trekking..Bird Watching...Snorkeling...sea and river cruising.
Similajau National Park offered a variety of accommodation facilities...Forest lodge...Hostel and camping site. There is a canteen selling simple meals, drinks and daily basic necessities. There are many ways to reach Similajau National Park...own transport or public transport from Bintulu town.
Loagan Bunut National Park – The Largest Natural Lake in Sarawak.
Loagan Bunut National Park is located in the upper reaches of the Sungei Bunut in Miri Division..130km from Miri Town. There is hourly bus service to and from Miri town to Lapok Bridge and from there you can either charted a car or van to Loagan Bunut National Park.
Sarawak only largest natural lake is found and its water level fluctuate throughout the year depending on the water level at Sungei Bunut, Sungei Tinjar and Sungei Baram. You can actually walk on the dry cracked mud during peak dry periods.
The lake and its surrounding areas are vibrant and scenic during low and also high water levels. The local community "Berawan" employed a unique and traditional method of fishing "Selambau" for centuries to harvest migrating fish during the times of fluctuating water levels.
The parks is covered with peat swamp forest and mixed dipterocrap forest with varieties of birds and animals...among them darters, eagle, stork, deer bearded pig and Gibbons to name a few.
Forest Hostel that can accommodate a total of 56 visitors at one time is available at the park. Canteen selling drinks and simple meals is available at the park.
Among the activities available at the park are boat ride around the lake and bird watching. Advance booking is required for the boat ride as arrangement have to be make with the local boat operators.
Talang-Satang National Park-Sarawak's Turtle Islands.
Talang-Satang National Park is located in Kuching Division...is the first in Sarawak to consist primarily of marine area. It has been created for the primary purpose of marine turtle conservation. The park is managed as a combination of nature tourism and conservation.
The park consists of Satang Section and the Talang-Talang Section. This park includes Pulau Satang Besar, Pulau Satang Kecil, Pulau Talang-Talang Besar and Pulau Talang-Talang Kecil island.
Bukit Tiban National Park – Conservation and Research Demonstration.
Bukit Tiban National Park is located in Bintulu Division encloses the headwaters of two major rivers in the Miri Division...Sungai Nyalau and Sungei Timong and Sungai Sigrok in the Bintulu Division.
The park serves as a demonstration area on the successful regeneration of an ex-logging area. The park strategic location and unique scenic beauty is an ideal day-trip getaway from hectic city life as an well as an excellent rest area for Pan-Borneo Highway.
Bukit Tiban National Park is accessible by Pan-Borneo Highway.
Maludam National Park in Betong Division.
Maludam National Park is located in the Maludam Peninsula in Betong Divisions. The park is entirely peat swamp forest and low-lying. The park is critical for protecting the only viable population of the world's most beautiful monkeys the red banded langur remaining in the world today. Other monkeys species that make this park their home are the proboscis monkey and ssilvered langurs.
Maludam National Park offered a rewarding bird watching activity with sightings of spectacular birds such as black pied and rhinocerous hornbill, blue-eared and stork -billed kingfishers just to name a few.
Rajang Mangroves National Park.
Rajang Mangroves National Park is located in Sarikei Division. The park is vital in stabilizing the shorelines of Central Sarawak in preventing erosion, tidal flooding and salt intrusion, and protecting beaches and corals from siltation.
Variety of mammals and birds make Rajang Mangroves National Park their home, proboscis monkeys, silvered langurs, small-clawed otters, white-collared kingfshers...just to name a few.
Gunung Buda National Park, Limbang, Sarawak.
Gunung Buda National Park is located in Ulu Medalam, Limbang division.The park encompasses among others the Mulu Formation and the Gunung Buda limestone massif. There are many magnificent caves within the park...such as the Great Cathedral-Turtle Cave system...the second longest cave in Borneo and the 5th in Asia. The caves are large, well decorated with speleothems, contains a vast variety of unique and endemic fauna making them of international importance.
The flora in the Gunung Buda National Park varies with land type and the degree of disturbance...with variety of vegetation types associated with the limestone blocks in the park. The cave fauna is prolific which aquatic cave species have been found in the ground rivers.
As the Sarawak National Park are protected areas...visitors to the park are required to obtains permit from the Forest Department and registered themselves upon arrival at the park headquarters. You can also contact the local travel agent to make the necessary arrangement for your trip.
So take nothing from Sarawak National parks but only picture and memories...left nothing but your footprints.
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