Kubah - ''The home of palms and frogs''
Kubah national park Travel Blog› entry 36 of 44 › view all entries
Not far out of Kuching was our final destination in Sarawak, Kubah national park. The park occupies the flanks of a sandstone mountain and this forest paradise is clearly visible from the bustling shopping streets of Kuching. Despite its close proximity to the city the park is difficult to access via public transport and there are no restaraunts or shops so we decided to go for the self catering hostel option, went food shopping (bizzare as we have not done it for so long) and got a taxi.
We arrived at the national park and were greeted by the warden who seemed really pleased to see us! he even gave us a briefing and a quick slide show on his lap top! we were shown to our rooms and as the place was virtaully empty we had our own room in a challet type building, and the only other occupants were two local guides for a group of birdwatchers.
We had a dinner of eggy bread and honey and chatted to the guides, one of them was really nice, it was delicious. After dark we went on a night safari. First stop was the frog pond and it was really cool we spotted loads of treefrogs and a frog which was bright red and black. We continued our search along the road and we found a couple of snakes and eye shine indicated a civet feeding up in the canopy. There were geckos everywhere, flying geckos, bent toed geckos and cat geckos and so many frogs we couldnt belive it. From giant leaf frogs sitting silently in the leaf litter ready to pounce on anything that would fit in their mouths to tiny little microhylas that were the loud mouths, all noise and hiding under the leaves. We collapsed into bed.
We were woken early, too early by the bloody birdwatchers having breakfast at 5:30am - noisily! we managed to get more sleep after they had headed off into the forest and we both smirked at each other when the heavens opened half an hour later.
The next couple of days were great for wildlife. We saw vipers waiting for the frogs at the frog pond. Whilst i was walking to the waterfall alone one night (I was a little jumpy in the middle of the forest at night) when a mouse deer ran out from under my feet, I let out an involuntary Ned Flanders scream and the mouse deer ran head first into the tree flipped up and landed on its back, I dont know who was moree shocked.
Kubah had been a fantastic end to our journey in Sarawak and we felt as we had only just scratched the surface of what was to be seen in this small patch of forest on theoutskirts of Sarawaks largest city. We could have stayed longer but the food was finished and the taxi was booked......