Tuesday, July 14

Nature fest raising awareness of Santubong Peninsula’s natural, historical heritage


KUCHING: Santubong Nature Festival (SNF) will be held at Permai Rainforest Resort on Nov 8 and 9.

Learn about Santubong’s past through an archaeology walk.

A press statement from the Malaysian Nature Society-Kuching Branch (MNSKB) said the festival aims to raise public awareness about the priceless natural and historical heritage (locally and globally) of Santubong Peninsula.

To kickstart the festival, a cycling event will be flagged off at Kuching City North Commission (DBKU) at 7am for riders to make their way to Permai Rainforest Resort and pick up rubbish along the route.

At the resort, the event is expected to be graced by Datuk Bandar DBKU Datuk Abang Wahap Abang Julai at 9.30am.

The festival will continue with several activities and a series of talk at the resort’s Belian and Sepang rooms in the afternoon, followed by guided walks.

Among the topics for the talk starting at 2.30pm are ‘History of Santubong’ by Sarawak Museum, ‘Rainforest Discovery’ by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and ‘Santubong National Park’ by Sarawak Forestry Corporation.

The festivity will continue with a guided walk named ‘Rainforest Walk’ led by MNS and Society of Wilderness (SOW) at 7pm and an astronomy talk and observation by Sultan Iskandar Planetarium and Sarawak Astronomy Society at 7.30pm.

On Nov 9, the exciting Survivor Race starts at 8.30am. It involves cycling, hiking, kayaking, running, swimming and paddling.

Other activities during the day will be guided walks called ‘Little Explorers Rainforest Discovery’ for children aged nine to 12 years at 9am.

Admission to Permai Rainforest Resort on both days is free with free participation in the activities except for dolphin watching and Survivor Race.

The festival is supported by the Sarawak Museum, Geoscience and Mineral Department, Sarawak Forestry Corporation, Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, Sultan Iskandar Planetarium, IBEC of Universiti Sarawak Malaysia, Ika Picture House, Sarawak Society of Prevention of Cruelty for Animal (SSCPA) and Society of Wilderness (SOW).

Register early to take part in these activities, giving your name, mobile phone number and identity card (IC) number for the indemnity form which can be emailed to [email protected]