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PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
GERIK : Royal Belum Forest Reserve
 
 

Royal Belum Forest Reserve

 

In the northeastern state of Perak, a vast area of virgin jungle known as Royal Belum Forest Reserve is excellent for trekking, bird watching and animal sighting.

 

The total forest reserve is about 290,000ha with more than 146,000ha of undisturbed jungle. It is divided into two sections: the upper Belum area, which stretches to the Thai-Malaysian border covering 117,500 hectares of impenetrable jungle and the lower Belum mostly in the vicinity of the Temenggor Lake. Deep in the peninsula?s northern interior lies Belum forest in Hulu Perak?s border with Thailand. According to local folklore, the place got its name from the call of a large grasshopper that goes - Belum, belum, belummm. When translated in the Malay language, the word ?belum means - not yer and as such, it certainly is a fining name since the enormous potential for discovery in Royal Belum has yet to be explored.

 

Previously inaccessible and largely unexplored due to national security issues, the Royal Belum is a vast expanse where rare and exotic flora and fauna thrive, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. It is also home to the Jahai people whose lives are inextricably intertwined with nature. Located within Belum-Temengor - the largest continuous forest complex in the peninsula, which is four times the size of Singapore, the Royal Belum was formally named the Royal Belum State Park by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azian Shah on 31 July 2003. It is still out of bounds to the general public who need special permits to enter the region, and the forest is placed under the management of the Perak State Parks Corporation.

 

Wildlife surveys have shown that the Royal Belum is home to at least 14 globally threatened mammals. They include the Malayan Tiger), the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Asiatic Elephant the Malayan Tapir, and the White-banded Gibbon. Royal Belum is also the only forest complex in Malaysia that is home to all 10 species of Malaysian Hornbills. Here in Royal Belum, more than 3,000 species of flowering plants, including three species of the Rafflesia, 64 species of ferns, and 62 species of mosses have been recorded.

 
 
FLORA & FAUNA
 

Visits to Belum are still confined to the lower part of the reserve where the forest is only starting to reveal many of its secrets and inhabitants. Hardwoods such as meranti, cengal, keruing and merbau species can be seen. Many of these large hardwoods have survived 1 50 to 600 years. The forest in this area showcases the flora of the northern region, which is quite similar to that found in southern Thailand. Species like rafflesia, wild ginger, orchids, wild flowers and Tongkat AIi can be found. As the area has remained out of bounds for a long period, some of the country?s protected animals have survived in Belum. An estimated 60-70 tigers roam the dense jungle while over 100 seladang live in groups. There are also about 160 Sumatran rhinos and over 100 tapirs. A significant number of elephants thrive in Belum while nocturnal binturongs, Malayan sun bears and serows roaming the rugged and craggy limestone hills are among the rare mammal species. Lucky trekkers may sometimes chance upon wild cats waiting patiently by streams to pounce on unsuspecting fish that swim too close. Other mammals sharing the forests that cloak Belum include leopard cats, clouded leopards, black panthers, wild and forest an vipers, flying foxes, offers, porcupines, armadillos, of colourful reptiles birds and 200 species. These exotic creatures make this ecological haven.

 

The Belum Forest is also home to some 25 rare species of flies, and several prawn species that have lived there for centuries and cannot be found in any other part of the country. There are an estimated 60 salt licks for animals and these sites have great potential for wildlife sightings. The salt licks are usually marked with all types of animal tracks. The sambar deer, tapirs, elephants, wild boar, Sumatran rhino and seladang visit the licks, especially at night.

 

 
 
 
ACTIVITIES
 

Royal Belum Forest has a host of adventure activities such as fishing, kayaking, jungle walking and camping. Visitors will see beautiful jungle landscape and fiery sunsets at Temenggor Lake in the reserve, while trips to ancient limestone hills believed to be 220 million years old provide unforgettable experience.

 

Some of the limestone islands at the southern reaches of the lake are majestic rock cliffs dating back to 400 million years ago before the Jurassic era and among the oldest outcrops in Malaysia. Adventure seekers can visit the Terhong Waterfall. It takes a two-hour boat ride and four hours of trekking from Post Chiong. Another popular site is Sungai Cerendong with its Orang Asli settlement (Temiar tribe) along Sungai Sara.

 
 
 
GETTING THERE
 

Belum Valley is located at the spine of the Titiwangsa Range, midway between the East and West coasts of Peninsular Malaysia. The nearest towns are Grik which is connected by the scenic East-West Highway. Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Belum takes about six hours. Drive along the North-South Highway and exit at Kuala Kangsar before proceeding to Grik and then to Pulau Banding. Belum is also accessible from Baling in Kedah via PengkaIan Hulu from the north. From Kota Bharu in Kelantan, it?s a three-hour drive. Express buses from Kuala Lumpur and stage buses from Kuala Kangsar can also get you to Grik.

 
 
 
PERMITS
 

To enter Royal Belum, tourist should apply permits from Perak State Park Corporation (PSPC) at least two weeks before the visiting date.

 
 
 
USEFUL CONTACT
 

Perak State Park Corporation

Tel : 603-791 4543

Fax: 605-791 2641

 
 
 
 
GERIK : Royal Belum Forest Reserve
PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA