The 40,000-hectare Matang Mangrove Forest was gazetted as a Permanent Forest Reserve in 1906. Today, it is recognized as the best managed sustainable mangrove ecosystem in the world. This mangrove reserve contains rich and diverse wildlife that provide nature lovers to visit and explore its wetlands and resources. Near to this reserve are silvicultural programmes of the Rhizophora, Lenggadai and Seaward berus forests carried out professionally by the Perak State Forestry Department. This is also regarded as the breeding grounds for numerous species of marine crustaceans including crabs, shrimps, lobsters, horseshoe crabs and prawns as well as fishes and shellfishes. Like all mangrove swamps, the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve has been proven to act as a natural barrier against tsunamis. Undoubtedly, it is an important site for coastal migratory water birds and a portion of migrant forest birds. As many as 43,000 to 85,000 birds may be seen using the forest during the migration. According to some ornithologists, there is a small population of rare and shy Great Argus Pheasant (Argusianus argus), known locally by the Malays as Kuang, that stays close to the ground and makes short flights to low hanging branches of the mangrove trees. These large birds make a characteristic sound in the mangrove forests with two main calls – a repeated slow double note ku-wow ku-wow and a series of single hoots kwow kwow kwow kwow accelerating and rising in pitch. During courtship, the male clears a display ground of bare earth in the forest from where he calls to attract females to watch it spread its wings in a striking peacock-like show of magnificence and beauty. Along the coastline and near to villages, tourists will be welcomed by the sight of Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus)
Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus)
and White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) gracefully in flight scavenging for floating offal and fishes in rivers and the neighbouring mangrove swamps.
It is also found that the 255-hectare Pulau Kelumpang and the 130-hectare Pulau Terong support a viable breeding population of the endangered Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea) and the Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus).
Stroll along the wooden boardwalk and observe forestry and fishing activities and denizens that thrive in the muddy mangrove floor. Visit the mangrove forest and charcoal kiln sites which are found more inland. Bird watching and fishing are the primary activities in the morning while at night get a boat ride to see synchronized blinking lights of fireflies of Pteroptyx species on Berembang trees or Sonneratia caseolaris. Occasionally, the Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis),
Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis)
also known as the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin, can be spotted swimming along the river-mouths. This dolphin is one of the 2 known species of pink freshwater dolphins found in the world. A native of Southeast Asia, the dolphin is either white or pink-skinned and can grow to the length of 3.5 metres. There is also a prehistoric archaeological site in Pulau Kelumpang.
Out to the sea, visitors on boats may also be fortunate enough to see dugongs (Dugong dugon) swimming near the river deltas.
According to the Perak State Forestry Department, in the Matang Mangrove Forest there are:
28 true mangrove species and 13 associate mangrove species;
19 mammals such as the Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis), Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis), Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica), Smooth Otter (Lutra perspicillata), Short-tailed Mongoose (Herpestes brachyurus) and Island Flying Fox (Pteropus hypomelanus);
at least 155 species of birds including the Great Argus Pheasant (Argusianus argus), Buffy Fish Owl (Ketupa ketupu), Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans), the rare Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus) and the Mangrove Whistler (Pachycephala grisola);
a species of river dolphin, i.e. the Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis);
112 species of modern bony fishes and 3 species of stingrays;
and about 50 species of crabs and 20 species of prawns and shrimps, both edible and non-edible.
REASONS TO VISIT THE MATANG MANGROVE FOREST RESERVE, KUALA SEPETANG
Matang Mangroves, Kuala Sepetang with its vast mangrove resources, well managed ecosystem, abundant wildlife and thriving fishing industry, is an ideal destination for tourists.
This Mangrove Forest has the distinction of being internationally acknowledged as the best managed mangrove forest in the world.
Stroll on wooden boardwalk to get a closer look at the mangrove trees and the animals that live in the muddy coastal floor of the mangrove ecosystem.
Being a haven for migratory water and forest birds especially at the Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary, it is a place where bird watchers congregate and photographers to get their best shots.
Visit the charcoal processing sites with their unique and traditional method of charcoal making.
Study the numerous ways of fishing using floating fish-cages along Sungai Sangga, visit fishing villages which are built with supporting wooden stilts and examine aquaculture industry.
Watch a documentary at the Nature Education Centre or the Pusat Eco Pelajaran Kuala Sepetang and learn about the mangrove environment.
Participate in the replanting of saplings of Rhizophora and Lenggadai trees carried out by the Perak State Forestry Department under the reforestation programme for this mangrove ecosystem.
HOW TO GO The Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve is located near Taiping, so if by car, use the North-South Highway and exit through the Changkat Jering or the Taiping Utara tolls. From Kuala Lumpur, it takes 3 hours, from Ipoh slightly more than an hour and similarly from Penang it is an hour drive. Keep to the coastal region, pass the Simpang junction and follow road to Matang village. Veer right around the bend and follow road with forests on each side and look for Pejabat Hutan Kecil, Paya Laut, Kuala Sepetang sign on the right. Turn right and stop at entrance gate to sign forms and get advice from forest rangers.
Since there is taxi service available in the town of Taiping, tourists can also catch a bus from Kuala Lumpur, Penang or Ipoh to this town. From here, get onto a taxi and go to Matang Nature Education Centre or the Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary or Kampung Dew. View Larger Map WHERE TO STAY At the Matang Nature Education Centre, there are 3 chalets, a multi-purpose hall and a campsite located about 10 metres from the riverbank. The hall is built on silts and can accommodate about 200 people, while the campsite can easily house 100 campers. There is a common toilet with bathing facilities. All these and the jetty are connected by the boardwalk. Campers must bring their own camping gears and tents. There is no entry fee or charges into Matang forest, but all other activities (such as charcoal, fireflies) require guides and tour fees. For more information, contact the Matang District Forest Office (tel: 05-8072762 or 05-8075324) in Taiping; or visit website:www.perak.gov.my Homestay is found in abundance in villages throughout the Matang Mangroves. There are homestay in Kampung Dew near Simpang (call: Khairul 012-5145023; Azman 019-5788982 or Zul 013-5256508; or visit website:www.fireflyzone.blogspot.com for those who are interested to see the Pulau Kelumpang Prehistoric Archaeological Site in the morning, the charcoal making factories in the day and fireflies in the night.
WHAT TO BRING ALONG
Bring along cameras and telescopic lens.
Carry binoculars for bird watching and monkey spotting.
Guide books to identify mangrove mammals and birds.
Headlights or torches for night activities.
Toiletries and towels.
Wear multi-functional shoes.
Insect repellent spray (which must be environmental friendly).
For campers, bring along own camping gears and tents.
WHERE TO EAT Prawn mee is a specialty of this region especially at Kampung Dew. Among them is the Warung Makteh Mee Banjir Udang which is located just before the Chuah’s Charcoal Factory about 2 kilometres from the Matang Mangrove Forest. Another stall is the Mak Jah Mee Udang. Both of them also serve specially prepare curry mee.
Around this region, there are several Chinese shops serving an assortment of seafood cuisines and seafood porridge. OTHER TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN VICINITY
Charcoal Production Kilns.
Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary.
Fireflies River Tour. FIREFLIES RIVER TOUR Nearby communities offer night time boat rides to see the fireflies. One of the simple natural wonders of mangrove forests, these flashing insects amaze visitors with their sparkling displays. Kampung Dew is one of the many coastal villages that offer such tours with guides. For more information, call Khairul (012-5145023) or visit website: www.fireflyzone.blogspot.com
Pulau Kalumpang Prehistoric Site.
CHARCOAL PRODUCTION KILNS
Take a guided excursion to see how freshly cut trees are stacked and loaded into large baking kilns to produce charcoal. Fires burn for up to 20 days and temperatures reach a superhot 220°C to dry out green trees into black fuel after leaving it to cool for 8 days. Using charcoal to heat the water and make steam, there are a few operators offering healthy steam baths to cleanse your skin. Such treatment is said to be able to kill the germs on your body and relax your body muscles. HOW TO GO An hour ride from IPOH to North by highway until Changkat Jering Toll Plaza Exit 146. Drive 8km North using old trunk road toward Butterworth until SIMPANG. Take left turn toward Kuala Sepetang. Meeting and Parking place is in front of Kuala Sepetang Police Station
There are several charcoal production kilns which are located close to each other and at the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve. Thus, once the visitor has gained access to the mangrove forest, these distinctive charcoal production kilns will not be missed. Access to the Matang Mangrove Forest has been described above.
WHERE TO STAY Simple and comfortable accommodation can be sought at the Matang Nature Education Centre or homestay in nearby Malay villages as mentioned above.
KUALA GULA BIRD SANCTUARY
A few kilometres at the northern tip of the Matang mangrove forest lies a large wetland swamp where local and migratory birds flourish. Go see the endangered storks, egrets, herons, kingfishers, bulbuls, doves, woodpeckers, magpies, sunbirds, tailorbirds, swifts, sparrows, kites and migratory birds from the northern hemisphere. The Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary is among the well-established bird sanctuaries in the Asian region. It was established in the early 1970’s with the main objective is to protect and conserve the migratory as well as resident bird species. There are more than 160 species of birds found in the Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary comprising at least 48 species of migratory birds and 118 species of resident or local birds. The migratory birds such as the Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata), Common Redshank (Tringa totanus), Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Mongolian Plovers (Charadrius mongolus), Pacific Goldenplover (Pluvialis fulva), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
, Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus), Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana) come from Siberia, Japan and China during the migratory season from September until April each year. They usually come in large flocks, numbering from several hundreds to several thousands, individuals.
The mangrove swamp forest and a long stretched of mudflat beaches here provide an excellent feeding ground and nesting habitat for these birds. The mudflat or benthos ecosystem is rich with minute organisms and plankton such as small crabs, crustaceans, annelids and copepods which are rich in protein. These organisms also provide the nutrients to generate energy the birds require to continue their journey to the south.
Malaysian Nature Society and the Office of the District Forest Ranger hold bird watching events called “Bird Race” annually between the months of September and April, and it is a must of bird watchers to participate in these events. For more information, visit websites of the Malaysian Nature Society: www.mns.my or the Perak State Forestry Department: www.forestry.gov.my Tourists can join fishermen in their daily fishing trips, help them to pull up their fishing nets, collect the fishes and shrimps and put them into pails or ice-boxes. Tourists can also be of privilege to purchase freshly caught fishes and shrimps from the fishermen.
HOW TO GO On the North-South Highway, exit at the Taiping Utara toll and follow road signage to Kuala Gula. At Kuala Gula, there is a small Chinese fishing village surrounded with scattered Malay houses. All around this small fishing village is mangrove forest where bird-watchers and nature lovers can venture in.
WHERE TO STAY Simple and comfortable accommodation can be sought at the Matang Nature Education Centre or homestay in nearby Malay villages as mentioned above.
WHERE TO EAT There are a few Chinese restaurants serving fresh seafood. There are also a few Malay food outlets selling seafood noodles and rice.
FIREFLIES RIVER TOUR Nearby communities offer night time boat rides to see the fireflies. One of the simple natural wonders of mangrove forests, these flashing insects amaze visitors with their sparkling displays. Kampung Dew is one of the many coastal villages that offer such tours with guides. For more information, call Khairul (012-5145023), Azman (019-5788982) or Zul (013-5256508); or visit website: www.fireflyzone.blogspot.com For nature guides and tours, contact the Larut Matang District Forestry Department (Tel: 05-8072762) to organize tours with local guides for ecology or bird-watching and book groups to use the camping and information centre facilities.
HOW TO GO Kuala Sepetang is situated about 12 kilometres from the Taiping toll exit of the North-South Highway. Follow the road signage to Kuala Sepetang. View Larger Map
WHERE TO STAY Simple but comfortable homestay can be sought at Kampung Dew, or call Khairul (012-5145023), Azman (019-5788982) or Zul (013-5256508).
WHERE TO EAT Kampung Dew is famous for its seafood curry mee and prawn mee which are often served together with an icy dessert.
PULAU KELUMPANG PREHISTORIC SITE
Pulau Kelumpang, an island located in the Matang mangroves, is reputed to have the most picturesque mangrove swamp in the world. A visit to this island is a must for those who wish to have a closer look at nature and learn about the special habitat of the wildlife found here. According to an archaeological study by the Malaysia Science University or USM, Pulau Kelumpang was found to be inhabited by an early Malay settlement about 1,000 years ago. Their remains and graveyards together with natural and synthetic gem and rock artifacts have been found in Pulau Kelumpang. As such, this island is an excellent destination for tourists who are interested in nature or archaeology, but only for a day trip because this island does not have accommodation nor food outlets.
HOW TO GO A boat ride is required to go to Pulau Kelumpang. Make arrangements with either the office of the District Forest Ranger or negotiate a boat ride with the villagers from the nearby villages.
WHERE TO STAY There is no accommodation in island, and camping is not very suitable as there is no fresh water. Try affordable homestay at nearby Malay villages.
WHERE TO EAT Sincere there is also no food outlet on this island, visitors are advised to bring along some snacks and bottled drinks.
Shoot Reading Letter Depart KPSB for Kid Winner’s House (Jalan Ipoh) Arrive Kid’s House - Shoot Surprise Kid - Pack for Holiday Depart Kid Winner’s Home for Holiday Destination Arrive Sentosa Villa - Shoot Welcome & Check Into Kid Winner’s Room Lunch Short Meeting with Hotel and Recci Friday Prayer Break Jungle Trekking and Walk to waterfalls inside Sentosa Villa Depart for Taiping Lake Garden Arrive Taiping Lake Garden - Walk and do Boating Depart back to hotel Arrive Hotel Barbecue Dinner Taiping Zoo and Nigh Safari Depart Taiping Zoo for hotel Briefing & Wrap Breakfast - Experience Rural Lifestyle in a Homestay Village - Watch malay martial arts ie silat - Megan to shadow fight kampung warrior to enter homestay village - Kampung jobs – charcoal worker, fishing udang galah, weaving attap - How to produce nira! Lunch - Mee Banjir Udang Mak Teh - Magen have to help Mak Teh for Mee Banjir Udang preparation. Fishing,crab netting, cockle harvesting, dolphin, birds watch etc. Dinner at Xin Seafood Restaurant - Produce the cockle,fish and crab to the chef to cook. Enjoy sunset and dinner. Kuala Sepetang fireflies trip - End with slideshow about fireflies and stars and see the wonders of the world. Depart for Hotel Briefing & Wrap Breakfast Present Gift Voucher Interview with Kid Winner Shoot Goodbye to Hotel Lunch at Sentosa Villa Check Out Depart for KL Arrive Kid Winner’s Home shoot goodbye Depart Kid Winner’s Home Arrive KPSB
VISI Pusat Motivasi Mawaddah bermatlamat melahirkan insan yang berilmu, berketrampilan, beriman, berakhlak mulia, beramal soleh dan berkasih-sayang yang boleh membentuk masyarakat yang beragama dan memberi sumbangan yang bernilai dalam membentuk sebuah negara yang diredhai Allah.
MISI Pusat Motivasi Mawaddah akan menjadi model sebuah pusat motivasi berkonsepkan "Islamic Training Village" yang berkhidmat kepada masyarakat dengan menyebarkan dakwah Islamiah secara kontemporari, memainkan peranan dalam pembangunan insan dan kesejahteraan masyarakat serta negara.
OBJEKTIF 1. Melahirkan remaja Islam yang berilmu dan berketrampilan sebagai model remaja muslim sejati.
2. Melahirkan remaja Islam yang mampu memberikan sumbangan dalam menegakkan syiar dan penghayatan Islam dalam masyarakat.
3. Melahirkan remaja muslim yang mempunyai pemikiran remaja Islam profesional yang mematuhi syariat dalam semua urusan kehidupan serta dapat menjadi pendakwah yang berdakwah secara profesional.
4. Menjadi tempat pentarbiyahan remaja yang terlanjur dan terjebak dalam masalah sosial dan seterusnya menjadikan remaja-remaja tersebut mengamalkan Islam sebagai Ad-Deen yang taat kepada Allah dan menjadi anak soleh dan solehah serta taat kepada ibu bapa.
5. Menjadi tempat pertemuan bagi memotivasikan masyarakat dari sudut pembangunan kerohanian dan ekonomi khususnya golongan armalah @ ibu tunggal, fakir miskin, OKU, warga emas dan golongan yang tercicir dalam pelajaran serta agama.
Aktiviti menanam anak bakau Kuala Gula 2012 Balu PerumalSHB dah mula menganjurkan program tanaman bakau utk group sekolah setiap bulan. Tarikh yg ditetapkan utk tahun 2012 adalah seperti berikut - 9 Jun, 14 Julai, 22 Sept, 20 Okt, 24 Nov dan 8 Dec. Kos benih, guide, facilitation, lawatan nurseri dan museum burung, dsbnya free, kecuali kos pengangkutan (bus dan bot) dan makan-minum tanggung sendiri..!
Tarikh 6 Jun 2012
Bilangan Peserta 10
Kumpulan: Bahagian Hartanah PDC Penang
MOHD BAZID ABDUL KAHAR
PENGURUS KANAN, BAHAGIAN HARTANAH Lawatan: Kilang arang kayu Hutan eko pelajaran kuala sepetang Mee udang Mak Jah Masjid Kuala Sepetang Bot ke Kuala Sanggar Memancing Chalet terapung Dapat tengok ikan dolfin lumba-lumba dolphin (banyaknya) Kelip-kelip
3.00pm Lawatan ke kilang arang 3.30pm Restoran Mee Banjir Udang
4.30pm Lawatan ke Hutan Eko Pelajaran Paya Laut Matang. Bagi mempelajari eko sistem dan sosio ekonomi yang dijana olehnya.
5.00pm Pelayaran dengan bot ke perkampungan nelayan menyaksikan panorama dari laut kegiatan ekonomi yang dijalankan penduduk, menyaksikan burung dan memberi helang makan. Melawat Kuala Sangga iaitu muara Sg Sepetang untuk menyaksikan burung yang banyak, chalet terapung dan perkampungan Kuala Sanggar.
Di sini terdapat banyak sangkar ikan dan kawasan peternakan kerang yang sangat besar. Peserta berpeluang memancing dan menyauk kerang.
7.00pm Slideshow dan lawatan kelip-kelip
8.00pmCenderahati dan Bersurai
Saya mengenakan caj RM** seorang untuk pakej lawatan ke Dapur Arang,lawatan dengan bot serta pek aktiviti Hutan Paya Laut dan caj pemandu pelancong.
Bayaran untuk mee udang terus dengan pengusaha atau mengikut harga yang telah ditetapkan pengusaha.
Sila pakai pakaian yang longgar dan berlengan panjang, topi, pakai sun glasses dan sunblock serta bawa air kosong dan snack.
Peserta boleh mandi dan menukar pakaian di RR Gunung Semanggol
Seramai 10 orang dari PDC mengambil bahagian di ketuai oleh En Bazid, Moganesh, Loke, Fatimah, Ku Zaleha, Nusi, Azhar, Idrus, Aziz dan Zaidi. Sempat berseloroh dengan Loke yang bertanya tentang dolfin, aku bertanya balik sama ada dia mandi tak pagi tadi. Loke menjawab ya dan aku berkata kita berkemungkinan dapat bertemu dolfin. Semuanya menjadi kenyataan apabila sekumpulan dolfin bermain air. Loke lah orang yang paling gembira.
Tarikh: 7 Jun 2012
Bilangan Peserta: 44 0rang
Ketua Rombongan: Cikgu Anita
Penginapan: Chalet Seri Cempaka Batu Kurau.
Sarapan: Tapak pasar pagi kamunting: Gerai Azlan
Lawatan ke Pusat Kenservasi Hidupan Liar, Perhilitan Kuala Gula
Lawatan ke lokasi burung hijrah, mudflat, sangkar ikan, ternakan kerang.
Memerhati burung, nelayan sedang beraksi dll
10.00am Zoo Taiping 11.30am Taiping Heritage Trail (Dibatalkan dan diganti dengan taklimat Heritage Trail & cenderahati) 12.30n Makan tengah hari. Cadangan di Restoran Doli 2.00pmMuzium Matang. Sejarah perlombongan bijih timah. 3.00pm Lawatan ke kilang arang 3.30pm Lawatan ke Hutan Eko Pelajaran Kuala Sepetang
4.00pm Pelayaran dengan bot ke perkampungan nelayan menyaksikan panorama dari laut kegiatan ekonomi yang dijalankan penduduk, menyaksikan burung dan memberi helang makan. Melawat Kuala Sangga iaitu muara Sg Sepetang untuk menyaksikan burung yang banyak, chalet terapung dan perkampungan Kuala Sanggar. Di sini terdapat banyak sangkar ikan dan kawasan peternakan kerang yang sangat besar. Peserta berpeluang memancing dan menyauk kerang. 7.00pm Restoran Mee Banjir Udang @ Seafood Restaurant
8.00 pm Firefly trip
Saya mengenakan caj RM** seorang untuk pakej lawatan dan bayaran masuk ke Zoo, Dapur Arang dan lawatan dengan bot serta pek aktiviti Hutan Paya Laut dan caj pemandu pelancong.
Bayaran untuk mee udang, makan tengah hari dan penginapan terus dengan pengusaha atau mengikut harga yang telah ditetapkan pengusaha.
Sila pakai pakaian yang longgar dan berlengan panjang, pakai sun glasses dan sunblock serta bawa air kosong dan snack.
Saya hendak mengucapkan terima kasih kepada En Khairul yg telah menyediakan pakage lawatan tempoh hari.
Secara keseluruhan, semua berpuas hati dengan lawatan tersebut.
Walau bagaimanapun, disebabkan oleh banyak aktiviti fizikal diwaktu tengahari, ramai yg tidak selesa terutama selepas melawat kilang arang.
Sebagai cadangan, selepas seharian beraktiviti, perlu ada masa senggang untuk membersihkan diri agar lebih selesa untuk makan malam serta aktiviti di waktu malam.
Saya berharap maklum balas tersebut dapat meningkatkan kepuasan peserta lain.