Gunung Mulu National Park which is located in Miri Division of Sarawak in the Borneo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses caves and karst formation in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting.
The park which covered an area of 52,865 hectares of primary rainforest is home to diverse plant, birds, insects and animal life and also a vast network of caves. Mulu National Park which is the largest national park in Sarawak is criss-crossed by fast flowing rivers and clear jungle streams.
The fastest way to get to the park is by Air – there is daily flight from Miri to Mulu offered by Maswing which provides air services to rural areas in Sarawak.
There is also flight service from Kuching to Mulu 3 times a week; Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
Those visitor coming from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah can also fly to Mulu from Kota Kinabalu via Miri. More details about flight schedule and rate can be found at Maswing website.
You can also trek to the park via Head Hunter trail from Limbang. It would take a few days to reach the park through dense forest and river crossing. This trail should only be attempt with licensed guide and your operator. You can enquire about the package tour from the licensed tour agents.
The park could also be reached by boat via Marudi but this also unreliable as the boat services depend on the weather condition and also be quiet expensive for lone traveller.
The park offered a variety of nature adventure and attractions from wildlife sighting to mountain climbing. There are thousand species of frens, mosses, flowing plants and fungi thrive in the complex habitat. There are the vast caves passages twist and wind their way through the mountains, opening into chambers.
Gunung Mulu National park is dominated by Gunung Mulu(2,376m), Gunung Api (1,750m) and Gunung Benarat (1,585m). Lies deep below the surfaces, hidden underneath the forested slopes of these mountains is one of the largest limestone cave systems in the world.
Up above the forest floor among the canopy lives squirrels, birds and insect among others.
Before you embark on your caving or jungle trekking adventure make sure that you have registered with the park and engaged the park licensed guide. This is very important for your safety and it is required by the park by-law.
Mulu's four show caves can be visited as day trip from the Park HQ and are accessible by plankwalks and well-lit concrete paths. A plankwalks through the forest lead to Deer and Lang’s Cave and Clearwater Cave and Wind Cave can be reach either by trekking a 4km nature trail or by longboat up the Melinau River.
Beside the show caves, there are Lagang Cave, Racer Cave, Cleawater Connection and Sarawak Chamber which await serious caving adventurer. Some caving equipment and suitable clothing are required for this adventure and to be accompanied by park licensed guide.
The 480m long Canopy Skywalk takes you up the towering trees where you can see and observe the butterflies, huge insects and other animal living among the forest canopy. Looking down to the forest floor you can see lush ferns, monkeys and birds.
The 30m Tree top Canopy is the best place to watch the wildlife and birds without being seen by them. From the comfort and safety of the hideout, you can observe the birds and animals going about their daily routine.
A 2 hours guided night tour is also available for visitors to watch and observe the animals that hunt and find food at night. It is an interesting and exciting tour with the opportunity to sight night creatures.
The park is a popular destination among adventurous traveller for Jungle Trekking and mountain climbing. There are three adventure treks, the Pinnacles, the Headhunter Trails and the Gunung Mulu Summit Trek. Certain level of physical fitness is required if you want to attempt these treks. The journey required overnight stay at jungle base camps so basic camping gear are required. Trekkers must be accompanied by official park guides.
There is also the Penan Community Settlement at Long Iman which you can visit and learn about their customs and lifestyle.
You can inquire at the Park HQ about other activities that
are not mentioned here, which they are happy to help you. All the Park’s guide
are from the local community ... Berawan,
Penan, Kelabit, Murut, Lub Bawang, Kiput and Iban.
There are number of license tour operators in Sarawak that could arrange
for accommodation, guided tour and also food package for overnight jungle trekking and mountain climbing.
Visitors to the park have a number of accommodation option depending on the number of people in the group or if you had joined an organized group. At the park, there are;
All the buildings which are nestled along the edge of the rainforest near the Melinau River are connected by boardwalks. At the Park HQ are also information centre and canteen. You can make your booking here
Some organized tour group preferred to stay at the luxurious Royal Mulu Resort which is situated along the Melinau River, adjacent to the Park. The resort has 188 quest rooms of different size and style; Deluxe room, Executive Suite, Crown Suite and also Royal Suites.
There are also Restaurant, Bar, Café and Gift Shop at the resort. You can check out their room rate and availability here.
Gunung Mulu National Park is though synonymous with caves, there are plenty to see and do above ground with the diverse plant and animal life. It offers the adventurous traveller an exhilarating cave and rainforest experience.
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