View from the Sg Tiang camp site
There are boats for rental as well as a boathouse too that can accommodate 20 pax. It comes with sleeping and cooking facilities.
'BELUM' as a Malay word evokes negativeness i.e referring to as 'belum makan', 'belum pergi' or 'belum berjaya' indicating not having food, not gone yet and not successful too. It's a preface to such verbs. However 'BELUM' in its reality and solid identity now refers to a large area in Perak Malaysia gazetted and preserved as national park. It takes the calling as "Royal Belum"
Where? It is half way on the east - west highway. You discover it as you reached Pulau Banding, an island that is joined by two bridges that stretched across the lakes. I cannot say that I have NOT gone to 'Belum" as from today because we had the good fortune to enter into its realm on Thursday 3 November 2011.
Royal Belum with its 117,500 hectares, three times the size of Singapore Island was given the royal status on 31 July 2003 is rich in biodiversity. It is known that 3 out of 20 known species of Rafflesia flower are found here. All the 10 species of horn bills in Malaysia reside here and there are 60 salt lick locations where animals come to lick to get their mineral substances. It is thus a priority site for eco- tourism.
I would like to share with you some of the pictures we managed to click as we moved in the boat on the lakes and walked in the jungle tracks. We hear fishing and staying on the boat-house overnight (with rental subscriptions of course) is an added experience. Just imagine having fish freshly caught for dinner in the quiet of the evening.Time to digest the majesty of Allah's gift and creations too.
In the background, the bridge that crossed the lake.
Several guard posts and halting stations in Belum Valley.
As we near the Sg. Papan Camp Site
Could be seen a hanging bridge in the background
Thick virgin forest away from loggers and their machines
An outstretched tree lent a unique feature to the guard post
An observation tower for you to see the animals as they come to the salt lick
This is one salt lick, favored by the animals and close to the above observation post
This is Sg Tiang camp site. Unfortunately we were unable to scout farther in as the water level was low and therefore unable to see the waterfall and the other aspects of the campsite. From above you would get a majestic view of the lake and surroundings.
No it is not a casual visit but an opportunity to submit a proposal for the development of the area as an eco tourism hub and also for the upgrading of the existing sites. InsyaAllah we may have the opportunity to see the Royal Belum at a closer and more interesting facade.
Pulau Banding lies across the lake. It's serene and peaceful in the morning.
The highway route from Grik to Jeli crossed the lake via this bridge into Pulau Banding. It exits via another bridge three kilometers away. Pulau Banding is one of many islands formed as a result of flooding the valleys that now formed Royal Belum Park.