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Nature & Adventure - Kenong Rimba Park

 
 

KENONG RIMBA PARK

 

The Kenong Rimba Park covers about 121km and skirts the southeastern border of Taman Negara. The park is part of a contiguous chain of protected forest reserves that provides a wildlife corridor for large mammals between the centre of the peninsula and Belum Park in northern Perak, adjacent to the Thai border. It is also a remote, biologically rich wilderness comprising mainly rare, undisturbed lowland forest.

 

Located in the scenic Kenong Valley, the park is traversed by clear mountain streams, cascading waterfalls and refreshing pools as well as string of magnificent limestone caves. Most of the caves are easily accessible by foot. The Kenong River actually flows through the Batu Tinggi Cave, which resembles the shape of a boat and is the habitat of a variety of wild orchid plants. Other caves include the Batu Tangga Cave where the rock formation resembles a flight of stairs, Green Cave and the Tiger Cave. The park is also home to the aborigines of the Batek tribe, a Negrito people who have long inhabited the remote, luxuriant rainforests. The Batek people still hunt with poison-tipped darts fired from blowpipes, catch fish from the rivers and forage for wild fruits and tubers.

 

The parks provides ample opportunities for a variety of adventure-filled activities.

 
 

FLORA & FAUNA

Epiphytes such as ferns and orchids are abundant in the park, which is dominated by lowland forest and riverine vegetation. Primarily dipterocarp forest, the lofty tualang trees are also very evident, as are the strangling figs. Vegetation is lush and common plants include wild fruits, gingers, forest yams, rattans and palms. Some rare aquatic vegetation can be found in the many still waters within the park, and forest fungi are prolific both on the ground as well as in the cracks and crevices of both dead and living trees. Although the park provides rich sustenance for larger mammals, sightings are extremely rare. Elephants, tapirs, tigers, deer, wild cattle, wild pigs and leopards are all known to dwell or pass through the area.

 

However, you are more likely to encounter smaller mammals such as porcupines, mouse deer, slow loris and others. Insect life is also very prolific with many varieties of beetles, ants, stick insects and beautifully coloured centipedes and millipedes. Over 200 species of birds exist in the park, including the Great Argus pheasant, Malaysian peacock pheasant, hornbills and several species of warblers, babblers, flycatchers, spider hunters, kingfishers and cuckoos.

 
 

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Pristine tropical lowland forest

  • Limestone caves

  • Waterfalls

  • Trekking and camping

  • Bird watching and rock climbing

  • Fishing

 
 

 
 

PLANNING AN ITINERARY

 

Climbing

If you have a head for heights, scale the steep rocky face of Gunung Kesung and Gunung Putih.  Chances are that you might be lucky enough to see the footprints of the rare "Kambing Gurun" (Mountain goat) - so rare that even chancing upon its footprints sets you apart from other less fortunate individuals.  Local folklore has it that the animal is reared by the "makhluk halus" (fairies) - hence its elusiveness.

 

Caves Galore

The park boasts of a complex network of caves, each with its own unique geological formation and fascinating legend.  The most beautiful is Gua Batu Tinggi the habitat of a variety of captivatingly lovely orchids species.  It is also the home to some beautiful birds and is perfect for nature lovers and bird-watchers.  According to legend, the Sultan's messenger and the 'sampan' (drug-out boat) he was in were changed into stone, at this very spot, as a result of a curse. Another notable cave is Gua Batu Tangga, whose rock formation bears an uncanny resemblance to a flight of stairs.  Other caves include, Gua Batu Tangkup and Gua Batu Telahup.  Within the interior of Gunung Kesung are several attractive caves which include Gua Kesung, Gua Hijau, Gua Buta and Gua Harimau.  All these names are probably derived from the unique geological formations making up the caves, suggesting an intriguing set of fascinating legends.

 

Jungle Trekking

Nature lovers will be able to appreciate the natural beauty of the park by venturing along the jungle trails.  Experienced guides will make the trip much more interesting with their rich store of information and local folklore.  Trekking are varies from 2 - 6 days duration.

 

More Leisurely Activities

Air Terjun Tujuh Tingkat (seven step waterfalls) is Kenong's very own waterfall, a vision of frothy white tumbling down into a clear rocky pool below.  The spot is ideal for swimming and relaxing picnics.  It is also a good place to cast your line and reel in your catch.

 
 

ACCOMMODATION

Kuala Lipis has a range of hotels to suit all travellers. The park, however, has limited facilities. Although there are basic chalets and campsites, there is no electricity in the park, so leave the laptop and chargers behind. Various tour companies in major towns and Kuala Lipis organise a variety of trips to the park to cater for specific needs, such as bird watching, caving and trekking.

 
 

GETTING THERE

Kuala Lipis, the nearest major town, is easily accessible by road and rail. Transportation such as buses, taxis or self-drive vehicles are available from the major towns of Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan or Kota Bharu to Kuala Lipis, the staging point to the park. Kuala Lipis is also accessible by train from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Bharu.   For the 4WD adventures, you may opt for a 2-hour overland trip via Felda Kechau. Visitor are advised to get special permit from District Forest Officer. There are two ways to access the park. One is via Tanjong Kiara, which necessitates a two to three-hour boat ride from Kuala Lipis; the other is via Kampung Batu 9 station jetty, which can be reached from Kuala Lipis either by a 30 minutes? train ride and then a short five-minute walk or by driving. It is then followed by 20-minute boat ride to the park entrance.

 
 
 

PLACES OF INTEREST

Nature & Adventure - Kenong Rimba Park

PAHANG - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA