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photos of our trip in 2010 to tasik kenyir

 

Little Gajah Ali's Story

Note: this is a fictional story based on a depiction of a 5 year old elephant's life in the jungles of Kenyir Lake.

I live with my family at Tasik Kenyir in a state the humans call Terengganu. Tasik Kenyir (Kenyir Lake) is very, very big! (38,000hectares of lake and surroundings, almost twice the size of Singapore). My Mum tells me that I have yet to visit the other end of the lake closer to the edge of a beautiful jungle where large trees with delicious wild fruits and shoots grow in seasons. I was told that this is where the humans have taken a few of the others. Mum says that these humans sent the others there because they had been trapped in human areas and were a nuisance to the villagers. (Wild Elephant Translocation Projects). I hope they have found their new home much more comfortable than the previous one. Perhaps my family will one day take me to this jungle (Taman Negara, National Park) where I can taste the sweetness of the young shoots and wild fruits.

Nenek (= grandma) Gajah tells me lots of stories about the days when the lake did not exist. Nenek Gajah is old. Ancient in fact! but she has many wild and exciting stories about the old days many moons ago when she was a mere lass. She tells of a time when there were no funny sounds of those human tools I hear now. The humans used to cut trees down with sticks that had teeth (saws) and buffaloes were used to drag the felled trees out of the jungle. The land where water now flows was rich with trees, juicy shoots and leaves for the entire family to feed on. Some trees were so big that could shade our entire family from the sweltering heat of the sun. For large jungle inhabitants like us we prefer the shelter of the thick foliage where it is cooler and where we can hide from our enemies. And do you know how we trick our enemies? By standing extremely still behind thickets and trees; and we can blend right in with the surroundings. Humans on noisy floating logs (speedboats) whiz by, not noticing our existence. It is a fun game my sisters and I play but mother says that this game is vital for our survival and that we shouldn't take it just for laughs. I wonder what she means?

Sometimes peering out from under our cover, we see humans on the lake fishing. There are many species of fish in the lake and during the rainy seasons, they play and frolic in the smaller tributaries. It is common to hear them splashing around, breaking the jungle's silence. I even see them leaping above water. The humans come to the lake to fish for them (Species like sebarau, kelah, toman, lampang and baum) and take them home to show off their catch to friends and families. Then they have a big feast to celebrate.

When the humans came to build a big dam before I was born, they came to take away the trees from the valleys and the low lands. Nenek remembers those days very well (1978 - 1985). There was much activity in Kenyir. The big tree eating animals (tractors) were swarming around looking for big juicy trees to eat. Then one day, after the dam was completed, the big rains came. It rained for days and nights and flooded the whole valley! Many of the tree-eating animals (tractors) were trapped in the flood and they disappeared into the depths of the lake. Nenek believes that the humans had underestimated the forces of nature. They estimated that the water would only fill up over a time of 5 years but within a year, the lowlands and valleys were already submerged and in the deepest parts of the lake, it drops to about 151m(500feet) deep.

The water rose and isolated many peaks, which we now see as islets. Many of our jungle friends were marooned on these islets and others were washed away with the great flood. It is lucky for us that we can swim but those who couldn't, drowned. I suppose, we too underestimated the power of nature. Nenek says that it was like the whole world had turned topsy-turvy. From the island looking into the water, she saw an entire forest of trees submerged in their watery grave. But the tides have changed at Tasik Kenyir, there is peace once again and life is good for us. Although many of the big fruit trees and the sturdy trees which we use to scrub our backs against have gone, we are still able to sustain ourselves in the jungles surrounding the lake. The water is clear and clean.

There are many waterfalls (14 waterfalls and rapids) and many more little tributaries (15 in total) where we can clean ourselves and quench our thirst after a long day foraging for leaves and shoots. My friend, 'Belang' the Tapir tells me that just behind the hills, the humans are back with their tree-eating animals (tractors). This was where my friends and I used to play, down in the valley. There were many banana trees there, which was a treat for us. We love the succulent flesh of the banana trunks. Just the thought of it makes me drool. I guess, we cannot visit the place anymore for Mum would be livid if she found out that we ventured too close to human camps. We aren't very welcomed there you know. The humans are also making a wide track along one part of the trail that my family used to follow not too long ago. Mother calls it a road (the Kuala Kangsar - Kuala Berang Highway). Now, there is much activity on the edges of the lake where this road is built and they have some way to go before it is completed. We no longer use our old trail for it is not safe for us to cross the road.

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Kuala Terengganu & Surrounding Day Tours ~ Terengganu

 

Tours
(ex - Kuala Terengganu)

Hrs

Day of Operations

Departure

Min adult

Include

Rate (Nett)

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

Terengganu River Safari & Heritage Trip *Itinerary

5

Daily except Friday

8.00

-

2

Land/boat transportation, refreshment, driver/guide

219

109

Terengganu River Safari Trip *Itinerary

3

Daily except Friday

9.00

-

2

199

99

Kuala Terengganu City Tour *Itinerary

5

Daily except Friday

11.00

-

2

Transportation, lunch, water taxi, driver/guide

155

77

Terengganu Countryside Tour *Itinerary

5

Daily

10.00

-

2

 

Transportation, picnic lunch,  driver/guide

159

80

Cemerong Waterfall & Pasir Raja Trip *Itinerary

9

Daily

8.00

-

2

 

Transportation, lunch,  driver/guide

189

94

Sekayu Waterfall & Terrapin Conservation Centre Trip *Itinerary

5

Daily

11.00

-

2

 

Transportation, picnic lunch,  driver/guide

159

80

Fireflies Night & Penarik Fishing Village Trip *Itinerary

5

Daily

-

5.00

2

Transportation, picnic dinner, driver/guide

225

113

Candat Sotong/Squid Jigging Trip *Itinerary

4

Daily

-

6.00

6

Refreshment, fishing boat, transportation, gear, driver/guide

239

239

Marang River Safari Trip *Itinerary

4

Daily

8.30

-

2

Land/boat transportation, refreshment, driver/guide

169

85

Kenyir Lake Day Tour *Itinerary

5

Daily

10.00

-

2

Land/boat transportation, lunch, driver/guide

255

128

Rantau Abang Hidden Treasure Day Trip *Itinerary

5

Daily except Friday

10.00

-

2

 Transportation, lunch, driver/guide

159

80

Kapas Island Day Tour – ex Marang jetty *Itinerary

6

Daily

9.30

-

2

 

Boat transfer, snorkeling trip with mask & snorkel, lunch at resort

225

113

Bidong Island Day Trip *Itinerary

7

Daily

8.00

-

2

 

Land/boat transfer, snorkeling with snorkel & mask, packed lunch

465

232.50

Tenggol Island Day Trip – ex Dungun jetty *Itinerary

6

Daily

9.00

-

10

 

Boat transfer, lunch, snorkeling trip with mask & snorkel

230

161

Please Note:

~ The seat-in-coach can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
~ Pick-up and drop-off service from major hotels at Kuala Terengganu town centre
~ For other pick up and drop off services in areas other than KT, please advise us. Additional surcharge will be accorded
~ Services of an English Speaking Driver / Guide
~ Touring by air-conditioned car, van or coach (depending on the group size)
~ Rates are inclusive of entrance fees where applicable
~ Child age between 4-11 years old
~ Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
~ 100% cancellation charge applies for NO SHOW OR CANCELLATION within 48-hrs
~ In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the local operator reserves the right to alter, amend or withdraw the package anytime with or without prior notice.
Redemption Instructions :
~ 24 hours prior to travel date, please call our local tour representative (during working hours) to reconfirm your booking details. Pick up time is required 30 minutes prior to tour departure time.

Postponements of Trip:

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Pulau Duyung

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Marang

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Rantau Abang

| Rantau Abang Hidden Treasure Day Trip |

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| Gem Isle Resort |

Merang

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Pulau Redang Day Trip ~ | Redang Island Day Tour |

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Penarik

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Besut

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Pulau Tenggol

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Dungun

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Chukai & Kemaman

| River Garden Hotel |

Paka

| Residence Resort | Rumbia Resort Villa |

Kijal

| Awana Golf and Beach Resort |

 

Malaysia Lakes

Lakes in Peninsula Malaysia

| Tasik Bera | Tasik Chini | Paya Indah Wetlands | Tasik Pedu | Temenggor | Tasik Kenyir |

Lakes in Sabah & Sarawak, Borneo

| Batang Ai |

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