These days, the park has been upgraded and it is now being promoted as a recreational forest.
Covering an area of 16.644ha, the park has been managed by the state forestry department since 1988. It is also not far from Taman Negara and is rich in flora and fauna. The park is in a hilly area, located between 60m to 373m above sea level.
Recently, a group of 20 journalists and photographers visited the park on the promotional programme Moh Melawat Pahang (Come and Visit Pahang).
Moh means mari (come) in the Malay dialect spoken in Pahang.
The programme jointly organised by the state government and KTM Berhad hopes to promote tourism in Pahang using the train service as a mode of transport.
The trip began at Kuala Lumpur where the group hopped on the 8pm train and arrived in the quaint town of Lipis at 6am the next day.
During the journey, the media were taken on a tour of the train that comprised VIP rooms, a canteen and first class, second class and economy rooms.
Also present were Tioman Development Authority general manager Datuk Hashim Mat Tahir and Bukit Fraser Development Corporation deputy general manager Ishak Mokhtar.
“However, they lead a nomadic life, moving from one place to another.
“The rain forest in the park is 130 million years old and there are more than 1,200 species of flora and fauna that have been recorded,” he added.
Studies showed that 130 species from a total of 261 endemic species in the peninsular were living on the limestone formation of Kenong Rimba Park, he said.
Among them are enggang badak (rhinoceros hornbill), enggang tebang mentua (helmeted hornbill), tiong mas (hill myna), cecawi anting-anting (greater racquet-tailed drongo or king crow), porcupine, mouse deer, tapir and even the poisonous tarantula.
Hasbullah said the British Tarantula Society would always come to the place to study the spider.
Park operator and nature tourist guide Azam Abdul Rahman said the limestone caves in the park had beautiful formations.
He said that studies had revealed that the limestone caves were hundreds of millions of years old and could have existed since the Stone Age.
He added that if one stood at the bottom of Gua Kesong and looked up to its rocky wall, one could read the word Allah in Arabic. This unique formation was the result of natural changes that the limestone had undergone.
“Equally unique rock formations can be found in Gua Batu Telungkup, Gua Hijau, Gua Batu and Gua Harimau,” said Azam.
“The night life surrounding the caves is a fascinating sight,” he added.
However, the route was only accessible using four-wheel-drive vehicles as it was a Felda Plantation track and partly used by lorries to transport timber, he added.
On the facilities available, Azam said there were rooms, chalets and dormitories, and those who were more adventurous could pitch their tents at the campsites in the park.
“The water in the streams and rivers here is cool and there are no mosquitoes.
“However, leeches are everywhere, waiting to suck the blood of victims,” he warned.
Source : STAR
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