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NATIONAL PARKS

EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO : SARAWAK

Loagan Bunut National Park

 
 

LOAGAN BUNUT NTIONAL PARK

SARAWAK

 

Tucked away on the upper reaches of the Sungai Bunut in the Miri Division, is a huge lake, the largest natural lake in Sarawak.  The local Berawan Fishermen call it Loagan Bunut.  In 1991, an area of about 10,736 hectares encompassing the 650 hectare lake was gazetted as a National Park as part of the on-going effort to preserve the unique habitats, rare and valuable plants and wildlife indigenous to the region. 

 

The lake is utterly dependent on the Sungai Bunut, Sungai Tinjar and Sungai Baram whose water level are subject to seasonal fluctuations and this accounts for the fluctuating levels of the water in Loagan Bunut.  During spells of extreme dryness, usually lasting between 2 -  weeks, the lake is converted to vast expanses of dry cracked mud.

 
 

FLORA & FAUNA

 

The area surrounding the lake is primarily peat swamp and mixed dipterocarp forest. It is, however, extremely rich in large birds and is a paradise for bird watchers. Darters, egrets, eagles, herons, bitterns, hornbills, kites and kingfishers as well as a host of smaller birds such as bulbuls, doves and drongos are plentiful.

 

The animal life is typical of peat and dipterocarp forest and includes the bearded pig, barking deer, sambar deer, mouse deer, palm civet, long-tailed macaque, langur and the giant-tufted squirrel.

 
 
 
 

 

PLANNING AN ITINERARY

 

The remote park beckons those in search of something different.  For 2 - 3 weeks in February, May or June, the water level in the lake drop drastically on account of the dry weather. This is the time to witness and maybe even participate in the traditional "Selambau" method of fishing, developed and still practiced by the local Berawan fisher folk.  This unique technique was developed to harvest the migrating fish during periods of fluctuating water levels.  It is a rare and exciting activity, not to be missed. You might want to take the opportunity to kick off your shoes and walk barefoot across the dry cracked mud of the dried up lake, to get a feel of the simple pleasures in life-long forgotten by many!  It could be an exhilarating experience, especially for the uninitiated.

 
 
 

ACCOMMODATION

 

The Forest Hostel at the park headquarters has four rooms, each with seven bunk-beds. There is also a cafeteria serving simple meals and drinks. Electricity is supplied by generator and is available morning and nights. No cooking is allowed in the rooms.

 
 
 

GETTING THERE

 

 

It is about three hours or 130km from the town of Miri by four-wheel drive vehicle to the park. Public transport takes you to Lapok village, which is about 15km from the park. Here, visitors can rent private transport to the park.

 
 
 
 

Loagan Bunut National Park

EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO : SARAWAK

NATIONAL PARKS