Bebar Peat Swamp Forest ( Black Water Jewel )
Malaysia Tourism: Bebar is the river that flows within the peat swamp forest from an Orang Asli Settlement called Runchang to Nenasi a fishing village by the South China Sea. It’s located about 40 km. from Pekan (The Royal Town). Many researches and studies have been made and they find out that this place should be kept for future and at the same time has a great potential as a tourist destination of it’s kind.
From an Orang Asli Settlement at Runchang (along the Segamat Highway-between Chini – Muadzam Shah) you may hire a motorized boat/canoe to go down river all the way to Nenasi. Do stop at any Orang Asli village along the way, spend the night with them, then continue your journey the next day. This trip will take 3 days, 2 nights, bring along your camping equipments, foods, drinking water, cooking facilities, fishing gears and sufficient clothes. Do not forget to hire an Orang Asli Guide from the settlement. You could also do this trip the other way round starting at Nenasi and ending up at Runchang.
As you go on, many different thing you can do, fishing is the main activity, beside, you also can look for birds, look for a plant called ‘Pitcher Plant’ and many other flora & fauna that can be found within the area. Beware of reptile especially crocodile, sometimes you could see them floating in the river.
Occasionally, you could see them hiding at the river bank protecting their nest. If you see one, don’t come any closer, they could be dangerous especially when the eggs are hatched. Just ignore them, normally they will glide away into the river when they sense something strange. You need a good preparation for this trip, the best time is during dry season.
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