Malaysia’s forests are indisputably the oldest in the world and its National Parks are treasure troves of its rich natural heritage. Experience the tranquility of being one with nature in all its glory, in our National Parks.
There’s the chance to see and do something different-something beyond the normal tourist sights and pursuits. Here, within the awesome splendours of our virgin rainforests, beneath the cool shady canopy of trees hundreds of years old, one comes to realise that “conversation” is not a mere concept but a way of life – that “bio-diversity” is here to stay!
The various species of flora and fauna found within its realms can only be described in superlatives-… the world’s largest flower (Rafflesia). The smallest squirrel (Pygmy Squirrel) weighing a mere 20gm, gigantic flying squirrels and the tallest trees (Tualang or Koompassia excelsa) are all to be found here. The Belian (Borneo ironwood) is said to be thousands of years old. It is with a view to preserving this invaluable natural heritage for posterity that the National Parks were established, some as early as the first half of this century. The seas surrounding some of our islands abound with a variety of fascinating marine treasure-rare, beautiful and extremely delicate. In order to prevent these extremely fragile marine ecosystems from destruction, areas supporting rich and exotic marine life have been gazetted as Marine Parks. Our delicate corals, colourful fishes and turtles in danger of extinction are thus assured of a safe haven within these parks.
So come and spend that much needed break doing something other than the usual leisure pursuits. Do something more than just swimming, sightseeing, shopping or golfing! Take your time observing, appreciating and learning about the wonders of nature in our National Parks and Underwater Heavens. Imagine the deep solitude of the primeval forest lulling you into blissful oblivion; where the only music you hear is the song of the bird at dawn… and the orchestra at dusk is the crescendo of the chirping cicadas. Revel in the excitement of shooting the rapids or cast your bait in the cool clear streams. Bask in the tranquil seclusion of unspoilt beaches and remote offshore islands as you silently explore its hidden depths and wondrous under-water treasures. If any of these scenarios matches your wildest fantasies, be our guest. Although we are fully committed toward maintaining the delicate ecological balance, we’d still like to share this precious gift of nature with you…
DO’S & DON’TS
- Visitors are reminded that, as a protected National Park, nothing is to be damaged in or taken out of Taman Negara.
- When jungle trekking, find out and choose a trail that you can complete before dark. Do not stray off the trail – the rainforest is dense and you can easily lose your orientation away from paths.
- Always let a responsible person know of your plans for the day, especially if going alone.
- Enter the jungle with a sense of respect and humility. Be as quiet as possible to avoid alarming other beings.
- Take plenty of water and some snacks. Unless trekking with a guide, it is not advisable to eat jungle fruits or dink from any water source. Wear light, loose clothing comfortable long-sleeved shirts and long pants for protection from insects, leeches, thorny plants and abrasions.
- Wear roomy, light but sturdy footwear with good ankle support and traction, and two pairs of socks to prevent blisters for long treks.
- A hat with a wide brim to shade against intense sunshine and light rain is advisable, For longer treks, pack a poncho or other rain gear.
- When going camping, pack as light as possible. Use a comfortable rucksack with padded shoulder straps, hip belt and internal frame.
- Bring a map and compass for navigating deeper jungle trails – under some dense jungle canopies the sun might not be clearly seen. A whistle is a useful tool for attracting attention in emergencies.
- In certain conditions, the forest can get very cold – bring a water proof jacket for comfort.
- A basic first aid kit for the treatment of wounds and bites is advisable.
- For longer trips, bring extra batteries for your torchlight; candles and matches.
- Choose a clear camping site free of debris and away from rotting trees. During rainy periods, do not camp too near a river ? pick higher spot.
- Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories.
SARAWAK PARKS REGULATION
Before departing for the park, visitors are advised to bring along these essential items:-
Shorts and T-shirts are suitable. Slacks and long sleeved shirts and hat/caps are recommended for protection against sunburn and insects.
Jogging shoes or rubber boots should be worn as trails in the forest can be quite muddy after rain.
A water bottle is necessary for longer walks in the Park.
Visitors are advised to apply sun block while sunbathing to avoid sun burn.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
The rules and regulations are there to protect the Park for the benefit of visitors. It is and offence to:-
- Enter without a permit.
- Fish inside the Park.
- Kill, poison, capture or disturb any animal.
- Cut, remove, destroy or set fire to any object, living or non living, dead or alive.
- Introduce any animal or plant into the Park.
- Damage, erect any building or other structures.
The minimum fine for the above offences is RM1,000.00 and six months imprisonment.
Visitors must obtain a certified permit from the nearest booking offices before entering the National Parks, Nature reserves or wildlife Centres. For professional film makers and those carrying out expeditions, special permission from the Sarawak State Secretary must be obtained in advance.
Visitors are advised to make advance reservations for accommodation within the park from the respective National Parks booking office.
- Rent of locker – RM3.00 /day.
- Park Entrance Fee – MYR3.00 /adult and MYR1.00 /below 18 years old.
- Park Guide Fee – per guide per hour, applicable to a few parks only.
- Category A :
1 – 5 persons – RM11.00
6 – 10 persons – RM12.00
- Category B :
1 – 5 persons – RM9.00
6 – 10 persons – RM10.00
- Category C :
1 – 5 persons – RM6.00
6 – 10 persons – RM7.00
- Category D :
1 – 5 persons – RM4.00
6 – 10 persons – RM5.00
- Category A :
- Camera – RM5.00 /camera.
- Video Camera – RM10.00 /camera.
- Professional Filming – RM200.00.
- Insurance – to be obtained from the Park Office.
The above charges are subject to change without prior notice.
EXCLUSION OF LIABILITIES
Take notice that any visitors visiting Sarawak’s National Parks, nature reserved and wildlife centres enter at their own risk. The permit to enter is granted subject to the condition that the Forestry Department and/or the State Government and/or any officer shall not be responsible for any physical, mental or emotional injury sustained or any loss of life or property of whatsoever kind within these areas. The State Government or its officers disclaim any act(s) or omission however caused or arisen within these areas.