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Kenaboi State Park Adventure: Surviving the Jungle

Imagine yourself in this scenario: You are lost and stranded deep in the forest, with no mobile signal, and with food and water supply just enough for a meal or two. How many days do you think you can survive?

Well, my recent foray to a nature reserve gave me a sense of how to tough it out in the jungle. Kenaboi State Park is seamed in the mountainous Jelebu district of Negeri Sembilan where I, together with my #Back2Nature posse, had a great 3-night adventure – where fun was intertwined with learning survival skills!

Here are a few of the pointers I’ve picked out during the #Back2Nature Survival Camp that am pretty sure would very useful, incase, I get lost in the jungle.

1. Find source of water
The jungle has abundant source of water! Streams and rivers should be the easiest source. Rainfall is common in the forest, and a large leaf can be used as a funnel to collect water.
Kenaboi Park has plenty of crisscrossing streams and rivers, and finding your source of water is pretty easy. We’ve settled in on a nearby river bank, where bamboo tables and chairs are set for a mini forest meal.

2. Build a shelter
Shelter plays an important role in surviving in the jungle, and it serves as a protection against the elements.
Sticks and leaves can be used for cover. Weaving coconut leaves or palm can be used as a roof, floor or even a mat.

3. Find Source of Food
The most effortless source of food would be fruits and plants. Common fruits, palm and other root crops can be good source of energy, and nutrition.
Hunting is an option but it might be too rough, and might consume your energy. Traps may be used to hunt land animals, or improvised net to catch fish.
Kenaboi has plenty of edible produce – root crops, corn, pineapple, lanzones (duku langsat in Malay) and more, which we feasted on before heading back to our camp site.

4. Make Fire
Fire is essential to keep you warm at night, and to cook your food when in the jungle.
If you carry a lighter with you, or a match, then you are lucky to make fire the easy way. But if you don’t, then you have no other way but to do it using what’s available in the jungle. There are several ways to do it, and one of the easiest ways is by using bamboo friction. Bamboo is abundant in the forest, making it easy to source out and use to make fire when in the forest.
How to make fire using bamboo friction:
1. Cut a bamboo in half
2. Start shaving off the skin of the bamboo with a knife, which you’ll set aside.
3. Put a small cut/hole in one of the bamboo halves, then place the bamboo shavings inside, covering the cut/hole.
4. Position the other half of the bamboo, leaning 45 degree angle to your body and sturdily against the ground.
5. Then rub one of bamboo halves (the one with bamboo shavings), against the other bamboo, using long, moderately fast-paced strokes.
6. When the bamboo shavings starts to smoke, blow it until it makes fire.
7. Then place the fired up bamboo shavings under a pile of tinder.

5. Protect yourself
When in the wild, protect always be alert. It would also be wise to be ready by arming yourself with something to protect yourself against wild animals. You can use a stick, and file one end until sharp like a pike.

The #Back2Nature survival camp introduced us to the basics of continuing on being safe when in the jungle. The less-than-two-hour lecture was wrapped up with a feast from produce harvested in the jungle, before we headed back to our campsite.

Kenaboi State Park: Attractions & Facilities
The vast evergreen has natural trails, and rivers, that makes your visit a worthwhile jungle trek! And it’s home to the majestic 80-meter waterfall Lata Kijang, hailed as one of the tallest in Peninsular Malaysia! A short canyon trek deep in the forest is worth the visit too! And did I mention, water tubing? 🙂

Lata Kijang, Negeri Sembilan
Entering the canyon, Kenaboi State Park

If you plan a visit, it’s highly advised to stay for atleast a night. Comfortable sleeping tents, and decent toilet and baths are available. Prayer room and charging rooms are accessible too.

The experience itself was, I should say, disconnecting and connecting. For three days and nights, I wasn’t able to contact anyone through social media or even on mobile phone. I was cut off from the “world” for a bit, disconnecting me from the work hustle, and updates on social media. At the same time, the scenery was calming, and the slow pace moments were connecting me to nature, and ultimately gave me the downtime I needed to relax for a bit. Truly an enriching experience!

For inquiries and questions, you may contact Kenaboi Forest Reserve through this numbers:
District Forestry Office
Negeri Sembilan Utara
71600, Kuala Klawang Jelebu
Negeri Sembilan

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