KUCHING: Wind Cave Nature Reserve in Bau, which temporarily closed due to serious flooding last month, reopened to the public on Monday (Feb 21).
In a press statement yesterday, Sarawak Forestry said all the necessary rectification and repair work for damage due to the flood had been carried out at the nature reserve and they are ready to receive visitors again.
Located about 50km from Kuching, the Wind Cave is one of the state’s top tourist attractions.
Surrounding the national reserve are fascinating villages, rubber estates, pepper gardens, cocoa plantations and lush rainforest.
The park has regional and global conservation significance due to the extraordinary limestone formations in mystical caverns that are thousands of years old. Some of the rock formations resemble figures of animals, becoming a point of religious interest for some locals. One of its unique features is also a cool stream that flows from it.
The Wind Cave is also famous for its diverse flora and fauna, which makes it a great destination for all visitors, whether for recreational, educational or research purposes.
Some visitors choose to swim and relax in or near the river, while others explore the cave to experience its many wonders.
The Wind Cave was formed during the Jurassic-Cretaceous period.
Excavations by early explorers such as Beccari in 1865 have shown that people inhabited Wind Cave until recent times.
Earthenware vessels, charcoal and pieces of marine and freshwater shells have been found, making the nature reserve one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.