Gunung Gading National Park

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Gunung Gading National Park Lundu Reviews

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Gunung Gading is home to the world's largest flower, the rafflesia Feb 24, 2014
23.02.2014 (last saturday)... again another sightseeing for a few hours just for release tention. It takes only 2 minutes driving from my house and just my favourite location for jogging and exercise. Getting bored at home, so I just take my camera and spent my time here for a few hours.

Here is some information about Gunung Gading National Park. Hope it can help you to know a little bit about the park and I do tried my best to take as much as I can the photos for your review, Buddies.

Gunung Gading National Park is one of the attraction of Sarawak and home to the world's largest flower, the rafflesia, which can grow up to one metre in diameter. When in bloom the flower gives off a nasty smell which attracts flies and other insects. The rafflesia has no specific season but the rainy season provides better blooming frequencies. It takes nine months to mature and flowering lasts only 4 or 5 days before dying.

Owing to the rafflesia's rarity and brief flowering period, timing (and luck) are important. The park staff usually know when a plant is about to bloom. Visitors can check with the park HQ (Tel: 735144) or the National Parks and Wildlife Booking Office in Kuching (Tel: 248088) to find out if any plants are about to bloom or already in bloom. Although flowers generally bloom throughout the year, November, December and January can be regarded as the peak flowering season as the frequency of blooms is high.

Seeing a blooming rafflesia is certainly the highlight of a trip to Gunung Gading, but the Park and the whole Lundu area are well worth visiting anyway. The rugged mountain peaks that make up the Park provide a scenic backdrop to the nearby town of Lundu, and the nearby beaches at Pandan and Siar. Gunung Gading also has some enjoyable walks and a challenging jungle trek.

'The Waterfall' trail offers the shortest walk, winding its way up through the forest past a series of waterfalls. It takes about one hour to reach the last one, Waterfall No. 7. You'll need to be fit for the other trek, the Gunung Gading Summit trail (3-4 hours, one way) as it involves some serious hill walking. You must complete the trail and return the same day, as overnight stays in the forest are not permitted.

From the summit you can opt for a side trek to Batu Bakubu, which was a former communist camp during the insurgency. Further information about these treks can be obtained from the Park HQ.

TIPS: Carry enough water, a change of top, a small towel, strong insect repellent and a light pancho.

Admission Fee:Sarawakian: RM10.00 Non-Sarawakian: RM20.00

Reservations & Enquiries: National Parks Booking Office,Visitors Information Centre, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg,93000 Kuching Sarawak,Tel: (+6) 082 248088 Fax: (+6) 082 248087. Online booking: http://ebooking.com.my

Getting There: Gunung Gading National Park is located near the small town of Lundu in Southwest Sarawak, about 1 and half hours drive from Kuching. From the Kuching Sentral take the express bus to Lundu. From Lundu, take a van or taxi and ask to be dropped off at the park office. Alternatively, Kuching tour operators offer guided tours to the park....

Accommodation Facilities: Both individual chalet units and hostel accommodation are available at the Park Headquarters. Please contact the National Parks Booking Office for the latest room rates and to make reservations. There is also a budget hotel and lodging house in Lundu itself.

Further Information: SARAWAK FORESTRY. Tel: (+6) 082 610088 Fax: (+6) 082 610099. Toll free line: 1 800 88 2526. Website: www.sarawakforestry.com. Email: info@sarawakforestry.com. Gunung Gading National Park. Tel : (+6) 082 735144.
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Vikram says:
Good knowledge share of rafflesia, so thanks!!
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014
stacey72 says:
Congratulations!!
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014
vulindlela says:
Congrats!!
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014
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