Sunday, May 7, 2017

The First Step in Being A Responsible Nature Lover - Take Your Rubbish HOME

Despite the proliferation of shopping malls, there are still many Malaysian who enjoy the outdoors,
especially nature sites.  Hiking, off-road cycling, picnicking by the river, bird watching and camping are popular weekend retreats for many of us. 

And while we are enjoying nature, we are also putting a heavy burden on nature, as more and more people flock to ‘nature sites’.

This is especially true in Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (#TWNS), a rich forest park that is next to the busiest and most populated region of Malaysia. Over 1 million people are visiting the 12 or so recreation sites within the Park every year.

These natural sites are suffering from man-made pollution.  The most obvious pollution is rubbish. 

So many of us bring picnic items into the Park, but then leave the rubbish and scraps behind for
someone else to clean up.  Some people do clean up their own rubbish, and put it into the bins provided at the nature site.  Unfortunately, wild animals such as monkeys jump into these bins and pull out the rubbish looking for food, scattering the rubbish  all over the Park as well. 

Sungai Tua (Ulu Yam), Kanching and Templer’s Park, Gabai Falls are all examples of popular sites with #TWNS that are suffering from rubbish pollution.  At many of these sites, the authorities do have staff to clean up, but with thousands of visitors, it is difficult to keep up.  We, as responsible nature lovers, have to do our part to keep these areas clean.

When you visit any nature site, TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME with you.  This way, the monkeys and other wildlife cannot get into the rubbish and the Park will be much cleaner.  Remind your friends to do the same.

If you see an recreation site within the Park that is suffering from rubbish or neglect, take some photos and send it to us via the  Selangor State Park FB page.  We will notify the responsible authority.

#TWNS , as with all our nature sites, is our living heritage and our national treasure.  YOU are the eyes & the voice for Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor.

For a list of recreational sites within Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (#TWNS), please visit the page in this blog:  Recreation Sites In & Around the Park 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Protect Our Water - Protect TWNS

Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor protects the source of 98% of Selangor's in-state water resources, providing water to over 7 million residents in Selangor, KL and Putrajaya and fueling the economy.

Protect Our Water - Protect Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor

#TWNS  #Selangorstatepark

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sungai Gabai Waterfall

The Sungai Gabai Waterfall is a magnificent cascade of cool forest water and it is an easy walk to
reach the top of the main fall.

Situated in Hulu Langat, Selangor, Sungai Gabai waterfall is another great spot in TWNS to spend some time relaxing and dipping into the chilly water, especially on a hot day. Not far from Sungai Congkak, it is easy to spot signboards for Sungai Gabai as you drive from Hulu Langat town. Just make sure you don’t miss the turn at the small bridge (from road B52 to B19/Jalan Sungai Lui).

Follow the B19 road / Jalan Sg Lui and there is another signboard to Sungai Gabai waterfall Turn left at the sign and follow the kampung road lined with fruit orchards until you reach the entrance and carpark area. Just a short walk and you can already hear and see the waterfall.

Families can have picnics at the base and the water is shallow enough for kids to play around. There is also another option to climb up a long flight of stairs to reach the top of the waterfall. Along the way up, you can enjoy the beautiful sight of water gushing down and the surrounding forest. After the climb up, there is a cooling reward waiting at the stop with a smaller cascade and pool.  After the stairs end, you can continue to follow the river upstream, or walk along the forest path just next to the river, to find more small pools to swim in.

Although Sungai Gabai is smaller compared to Sungai Congkak, it does offer a great view of the waterfall and makes a good spot for photography.

However, be cautious.  Families are advised to stay at the bottom of the waterfall, closer to the entrance area.  At the peak of the waterfall / top of the stairs, there is a picnic area and swimming pools, but the drop into the waterfall is not properly fenced off and it could be serious hazard to younger children or older people.

The area is run by the JKKK of the Kampung nearby and the facilities are simple.  Entrance fee is RM1.00 per person.  There is also an Orang Asli village nearby as well.

The area is in need of some sprucing up.  Many of the tables and picnic areas are broken, and the changing facilities at the top of the waterfall are in disrepair.  While the JKKK do clean up the site, there is still quite a bit of trash, which is very sad.  This means many picnickers do not clean up properly after enjoying themselves at the waterfall.

The forest itself needs some enriching.  As you enter the site, there are numerous large and beautiful fruit trees, from the orchid nearby.  However, there is a lot of bamboo which appears to be  Also, many of the larger trees along the river edges have burnt out buttress roots, due to camp fires made within the base of the tree roots.
overrunning much of the stream-side Saraca forests within the recreational site.

As Sungai Gabai waterfall is part of Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor, it would be great for the Selangor Government to provide more training and guidance to help the Kampung people better maintain the area and enhance their tourism skills.

Sungai Gabai makes for a simple and easy retreat to enjoy a cool forest stream, it just needs some TLC to get it back into better shape.   You can do your part in the forest by:

Taking nothing but photos, leaving nothing but footprints, killing nothing but time.

*Notice:  Always remember waterfalls can be dangerous.  Swim at your own risk and bathe with soap when you get back home.  Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.  Take proper equipment if you plan to go hiking.  Nature is beautiful but needs to be respected.  Always be safe.

GPS Coordinates:
3°10'02.9"N 101°54'32.5"E

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nature is Great for Your Health!

Not sticking to your New Year’s Resolution? Let nature help motivate you! 

Research has proven that hiking in nature:
  • reduces stress and anxiety, 
  •  boosts self-esteem, 
  • prevents memory loss .
  • reduces mental fatigue, soothes the mind, and boosts creative thinking
  • significantly reduces symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • releases endorphin that make you feel good

People who exercise outside are more likely to keep at it and stick to their programs.

Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor has over 15 recreational sites it for people to enjoy.  The entire Park is just next to the most developed and urbanised area of Malaysia.  The value of Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor and other green lungs and protected areas is truly invaluable to the well-being of our nation!

So get out there, have some fun, and who know, we all just might break a sweat!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest - Another wonderful spot in the Park

Welcome to our guest writer Siti Fatimah!

Sungai Congkak recreational forest, also known as Congkak Park & Resort, is a
popular recreational site in Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor.  Located in the Hulu Langat area of the Park, Sg. Congkak makes for a quick get-away and fun family outing.  

As the name suggests, Sungai Congkak is a beautiful river, that originates in the Park.  The recreation site has many spots along the river banks for a picnic and swim.  The river is refreshing, and there are quite a few shallow areas, so there are plenty of spots for family fun.

The site is an easy drive just off state road B52.  It takes about an hour and half drive from KL city centre with kampung sights to enjoy before reaching the park. As you wind along the kampung road, it is hard to believe you are so close to the busiest urban area in Malaysia!

The site is run by Tourism Selangor and gets very popular on the weekends.  Along the road leading into the recreational forest, there are numerous river-side chalets and picnic spots, run by private individuals, which you can also rent for a day.  The road in is narrow, so with all the cars and picnickers, it can be a bit difficult getting in and out on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Inside the Sg. Congkak area are trails to enjoy as well, but a guide is required and must be booked in advance. Guides cost RM10.60 per person with a minimum of 10 person. There is also night walk for RM21.20 per person.

Entrance fee is RM1.05 (with MyKad) RM 5.30 (without MyKad) and it is free for children under 12 years. Parking is available in front of the main entrance.

Other facilities includes within the Sungai Congkak recreational forest include:
Open Field with Astaka =  RM424.00 per day
Campsite                       = RM10.60 per night
Open hall (50 pax          = RM106.00 per day
Assembly area (30 pax)  = RM53.00 per day
Tent hire (6 pax)             = RM21.20 per tent

For enquiries or bookings contact Tourism Selangor.
03-5513 2000 (Sarimah)
019-2074468 (Ms. Shahrehan)
019-2072274 (Mr. Shafiq)

Please remember that Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor is a treasure for all of us to enjoy and take care of.  Please keep the Park clean.  TAKE ALL OF YOUR RUBBISH HOME. 

GPS Coordinates:

3°12'32.6"N 101°50'36.6"E

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