Dry spell forces temporary closure of hostel at Loagan Bunut National Park

The fascinating scenery and the vibrant forest life remain constant at Loagan Bunut National Park. Photo credit: SFC.

KUCHING, Aug 16: The hostel accommodation and park facilities for overnight stays at Loagan Bunut National Park in Miri are temporarily closed due to the current dry spell.

Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) in a notice today informed that the facilities will be closed for overnight stays with immediate effect until further notice.

However, the park will remain open for the day visitors.

SFC also advised visitors and every one to the park not to smoke and light fire in the park area.

Loagan Bunut is the name the local Berawan people give to Sarawak’s largest natural lake, covering 650 hectares, mainly covered by peat swamp.

But, it is not the size that makes the lake remarkable; it is the fact that it disappears during drought season.

Fed by local rivers, the lake shrinks to nothing in the dry months, which occurs usually February to September.

During this time there are great expanses of dry mud flats where fishing boats once plied.

Visitors can get a glimpse of barking deer, bearded pigs, the tiny mouse deer, the langur monkey, long-tailed macaque and flying fox that inhabit the surrounding peat swamp forest.

For more information, members of the public can contact Loagan Bunut National Park Office at +6085-775119.— DayakDaily