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TAMAN ETNOBOTANI

Taman Etnobotani Gua Musang

The Etnobotany  Park, Gua Musang was developed as a forestry research and recreational centre intended to preserve the importance of forest and forest related products especially herbal products. It is located near the town of Gua Musang at Jalan Gua Musang Kuala Lipis with an area of 35 hectares.

The main component of the Etnobotany  Park is the herbal park, herbal gallery, incubator centres (8 units) for herbal-based SME entrepreneurs, leisure activity facilities, chalets, mini animal parks and various support facilities. Among the activities available for visitors is a visit to the herbal plants cultivation areas, hiking, camping, canopy walk and enjoying the beauty of caves.

Parts of the Etnobotany  Park area are currently being utilised as youth training centres under the National Service Training Centre programme. The main issue which has been identified grappling the Park is the lack of interests from the local community, visitors and tourists.

Location
It is located about 3 km from the Gua Musang city centre at the Jalan Persekutuan Gua Musang Kuala Lumpur (8). From the city, 500 meters ahead of Taman Wangi is where the Etnobotany  Park is located.

Public Transportation
There is no public bus service that operates there. Taxi services are readily available in two taxi stations Bandar Baru and Bandar Lama Gua Musang charging a fare of RM2.00.

Attractions
The Etnobotany  Park is famous for its herbal plants and livestock centre for Cassowary and deer. Visitors have the opportunity to see the habitat of these species of birds and the Rusa Timor species as well as the opportunity to learn on nutritional property of herbs for health purposes. Against the backdrop of limestone caves and tranquil surroundings, a number of recreational activities are also offered such as rock climbing, camping, organising special activities such as family days, trainings and the like.

Basic facilities and equipment for activities, including accommodation facilities are also available and now the Etnobotany  Park has become the National Service Training Centre (NS) in addition to opening it for tourists.

Activities

Tours
    Free entry
    Operates from 9 am 5 pm and closes on Friday
      Special Activities (Family Day/Trainings)
    Requires permission from KESEDAR and early reservation
    A fee rate ranging from RM 1000.00 RM 3000.00 (based on number of participants and days)
    Most equipments can be obtained from the Etnobotany  Park (rental basis).

Rock Climbing
    Requires permission from KESEDAR
    Participants must bring their own equipment or they can rent the equipment from the Etnobotany  Park authority.
    Safety is of own responsibility
    Challenging

Regional Office KESEDAR:
Bandar Gua Musang
18300 Gua Musang
Kelantan Darul Naim Malaysia

From a Travel Blog:

"After breakfast we then arrived at the camp site of Taman Etnobotani, it was about 9am, we decided to move all of our gear from the pick-up to the base of the climbing wall. There we set up camp and quickly geared up for our climb. The climbing started with Section A which was filled with easy 5Cs to 6As. The routes there were were relatively short only ranging between 11 to 16 meters, but it was a good start for us to get the blood flowing and with the lack of sleep and heavy breakfast in the morning we were not in the most ideal condition to be climbing. Another factor which made the climbs take longer that usual was that there were only three of us meaning that we could not climb in pairs."

 

 

 

  Ben van Wijnen

 

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