A ‘cave’ combined by an ancient avalanche of rocks on a tide is one of Malaysia’s many singular ‘water thesis parks’.
Want to walk, yield and boyant by it?
“Wanna go to Gua Batu Maloi this weekend?” asked Ahli a.k.a. Lee Kok Chung, a hiking friend we have famous given 1999.
The answer to that doubt was a resounding “Yes!”
Gua Batu Maloi is not a required cavern yet some-more like a outrageous raise of hulk slab boulders that tumbled down from a plateau over a stream. The outcome is a kind of H2O thesis park inside a cave!
Ahli, an gifted inlet beam and birder who runs Endemic Guides, was bringing a organisation into a cavern that weekend. This was my sixth outing with him to a cavern in Negeri Sembilan’s Gunung Tampin Forest Reserve.
After removing to Tampin city around a North-South Highway, we headed towards Kuala Pilah by a pleasing forested highway past a tail finish of a Titiwangsa towering operation before nearing during Pekan Air Mawang. We afterwards incited left and gathering by kampung roads lonesome with “landmines” (cow droppings!) before finally nearing during Gua Batu Maloi.
Everyone was in high spirits as we started a 15-minute travel by a jungle towards a cavern entrance.
A idle tide flowed alongside a track – a same one that flows by a cave. To get to a cave, we had to cranky a straight face of a outrageous stone by stepping on some thick roots, while holding on to a wire so we wouldn’t tumble off.
Beautiful ferns and moss grew on a enormous boulders during a cavern entrance. Huge roots from a trees above grew downwards and clung majestically to a rocks. The rays of a morning object streaming between a trees done a place demeanour magical.
Before we entered a cave, Ahli gave a brief lecture on a cave, and on a reserve aspects.
“Are any of we fearful of dim and parsimonious spaces? Are any of we claustrophobic?” he asked. Anyone who suffers from claustrophobia might panic, and hence it was critical for Ahli to check before we entered a cave.
He also suggested everybody to always stay in front of a “sweeper” guide, Aki, 20, who was from a circuitously kampung and had been exploring a cavern given he was four. The organisation this time was comparatively small, and this meant shorter queues in a cave.
We shortly left one by one into a cracks between a outrageous boulders and plunged into a cold H2O from a tide in a cave. The smell of guano permeated a air. We continued, wading and crawling by holes so tiny that it seemed unfit that anyone could indeed go by them.
Some tools of a cavern had usually inches of space between a aspect of a H2O and a tip of a cave! We had to distortion on a backs and pull ourselves by those tiny gaps, with a noses only hardly above a water, to get to a other side. It was indeed thrilling!
Some members of a organisation even had to be assisted out of these tunnels by carrying their legs pulled by a others. Hilarious. Halfway by a cave, Ahli asked a organisation if they elite to continue regulating an easy or some-more severe route. We chose a latter, of course.
We shortly came to a partial of a cavern that was unequivocally narrow, where we had to yield on a hands and knees. Soon, we encountered a outrageous submerged rock. There was no approach across, solely to yield on a bellies!
It was rather wily carrying to stratagem my body, and we found myself perched on a stone like a walrus! we had to figure out how to get off a stone and pierce brazen yet plunging conduct initial into a H2O where a stone ended. With a small space to spin my physique around only before shifting off a rock, we managed to land safely in a water.
While watchful for a others, we switched off my headlight and was plunged into sum darkness. It was strangely relaxing, sitting on a stone in a dim cave, listening to a gurgling tide as a H2O flowed quickly next my feet.
We afterwards came opposite another slight yet sandy partial of a cavern where we had to literally puncture a approach by like hulk nesting turtles! Who needs a sauna when we can get sandy physique “scrubs”, “aromatherapy” (thanks to a “wonderful” bat guano scent) and even healthy “Jacuzzis” in Gua Batu Maloi?
We were in a partial of Batu Maloi called Gua Kelawar (Bat Cave – home to many swirling bats rather than Batman’s lair!). This area was dry, with “sandy” areas all around, that we shortly found out were indeed hardened bat poo! We were unequivocally happy to thrust into a H2O when we saw a tide again.
We even got to do some canyoneering as we climbed and crawled by a many waterfalls inside a cave. There were many hydro-massage opportunities, too, as froth shaped from a cascades, formulating smashing small “Jacuzzis”, even yet it was rather cold.
It was like a H2O thesis park, yet this healthy chronicle was most some-more fun and exciting.
After a few hours of climbing, crawling and stretching over many waterfalls and tunnels, we emerged into a outward world. What a workout! We had used each partial of a physique to get by a cave.
On a approach back, we came on a enormous stone a distance of a double-storey house. This was a tangible Batu Maloi, after that a cavern was named.
According to internal legend, Maloi is a name of a defender suggestion of that area, that Aki told me he had seen a few times before in a guise of an aged man. Being a silat (Malay martial arts) practitioner, Aki is some-more supportive and attuned to a “other realm”.
We trekked behind to a cars and altered into dry clothes, before going to Tampin for drinks, toast and half-boiled eggs during a packaged aged coffee shop. Food never tasted better.
Ah, what a good approach to spend a Sunday afternoon. – Anne Cheong