Thursday, October 26, 2006

National parks accessible via Kuching: Kubah

I went to Kubah National Park a little over a year ago. One of those short holiday excursions again. The park is located about 20 kilometres from Kuching and one of Sarawak's most accessible national parks. 30-40 minutes is all it takes to get there from the city centre, provided you know your way of course. The Park consists largely of undisturbed natural forest with five main vegetation types:- alluvial forest, lowland mixed dipterocarp forest, kerangas (heath) forest, submontane forest and secondary forest. Its rich forest, proximity to the mangrove forests and its terrain all ensure that Kubah is home to a variety of wildlife, including bearded pigs, black hornbills, mousedeer, squirrels and numerous species of amphibians and reptiles. It is also rich in palms and orchids. I didn't see any bearded pigs or other faunal species while there, probably because we did not try to hide our presence there by keeping our voices down.

For those of you who enjoy tranquility in a natural environment, then you just have to make your way up one of the trails within the Park (don't remember what it's called now) which will lead to the water fall area. Beautiful place. The rocks have a certain kind of naturally-cut stairway formation which is just beautiful. We were there for the entire day, didn't do anything except lied down on the cold stones, closed our eyes while listening to the water gushing down the rocks. Heaven.

On the other side, the Matang Wildlife Centre is located just off Kubah National Park which will eventually house endangered wildlife in large mammal enclosures. These enclosures will be located in the rainforest so that the living environment is rather similar to that found in the wild. I didn't manage to go there but will do so in the near future. Next, Similajau National Park.

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