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Sarawak ~ Kubah National Park

• The Park • Jungle Trails • Matang Wildlife Centre • Getting There •


The park is located about 20 kilometres from Kuching and one of Sarawak's most accessible national parks. The Park is dominated by a sandstone plateau which includes three mountains Mount Serapi, Mount Selang and Mount Sendok. At the height of between 150-450 metres, this plateau is punctuated with bands of hardened limestone which have created a number of beautiful waterfalls.


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. Within the park's 2230 hectares you can find rare ferns, palms and orchids. These include several species of Licuala, Rattans, Pantu, Pinanga, Appendicula, Dipodium and Eria. Popular with local people are the waterfalls and clear jungle streams where you can cool off after trekking through the jungle on well-marked paths.

Jungle Trails
Kubah National Park offers four trails - The Sungai Rayu trail will lead to Kubah National Park. Visitors who want to go to the waterfalls can try the Sungai Senduk or Sungai Buluh trail. Along the Pitcher Trail, visitors will be able to spot pitcher plants scattered all over the forest floor.

All the jungle trails meander through the cool forest and provide opportunities to observe the rich variety of plant life. The picturesque waterfalls provide perfect spots for picnics and cool refreshing dips after the energetic walks through the forest.

The Gunung Serapi Summit Walk
A steep sealed road starts at the Park HQ and leads to the telecommunications tower on the summit of Gunung Serapi. You can use the road to walk to the summit or to the shortcuts giving access to the Waterfall and Rayu Trails at about 300 m above sea level. The walk to the summit of Gunung Serapi takes from two to three hours and is one of the park’s most popular treks.

Palmetum
The walk begins at the Park HQ and leads through tall forest, which is particularly rich in palm species. The trail connects to the Waterfall Trail and to the Gunung Serapi road giving visitors the option of continuing to the waterfalls or returning along the road. The forest is a mixed dipterocarp forest with big trees.

The Waterfall
Starting off along the Gunung Serapi road and picking up the Waterfall Trail on top of the northwest ridge shortens walking time by about 15 minutes. This trail begins near the 305 m (1000 ft) mark on the Gunung Serapi road, at the top of the northwest ridge.

Bukit Selang
This trail branches off from the Palmetum at about 10 minutes walk from the Park HQ. It takes about 40 minutes from the Park HQ to reach the end of this short trail at the viewpoint on Gunung Selang. The upper part of the trail is in ridge top forest on Serapi’s northwest ridge. On a clear day this viewpoint offers superb panoramas of the surrounding area.

Rayu or The Trail of Hope
The Rayu trail begins in ridge top forest on Serapi’s northwest ridge. It then passes through mixed dipterocarp forest until the Matang Wildlife Centre is reached. This trail gives a good impression of Kubah’s different forest types. Even a casual look will reveal an amazing diversity of plant life shown in the abundance of different types of bark, leaves and fruits.


Matang Wildlife Centre
Very much a part of Kubah National Park, the centre houses the endangered wildlife such as Sambar Deer, Crocodiles, Sun Bears, Civets and Bear Cats. The major attraction are the Orang utans, which are orphaned or rescued from captivity. The animals are kept in large enclosures. There are also three aviaries for Hornbills, Sea Eagles and a host of other indigenous birds. The best time to visit the centre is during it's feeding time.



An overnight stay is highly recommended if you want to get the best of this handy and compact site. Chalet Accommodations can be arranged within the park.

Getting There
The journey by road takes about 40 minutes to the Park HQ and a further 15 minutes to Matang Wildlife Centre.

 

 

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