National Park Shelter

Penang National park is a treat for the nature lovers. Also known as Taman Negara Pulau Pinang, it also happens to be the world’s smallest national park.  Located at the north-west side of the islands, it looks similar to the side profile of face, which is why another name Muka head was also given to it, as muka in English means ‘face.’

The forest is spread over eleven hundred and eight one hectares, along with thirteen hundred and eighty one wetlands. You are going to find sandy beaches, hills, coastal forests and streams while roaming around the entire area of the national forest park.

History of the National Park

In the year 1958, the national park was proposed to be a nature conserving area by the Pantai Acheh forest Reserves. Ever since that proposal, the government and the nature interested groups have agreed to turn the reserves in to a conservation area and a type of park. The MNS abbreviation of the Malaysian nature society has also proposed several times to the government for turning the area of Pantai Acheh in a national park.

However, 4th April, 2003 was the day when the Forest Reserves of the Pantai Acheh were officially declared as the Penang National park for the public and tourists. The decision was declared by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy PM of Malaysia, at that time

The park happens to be the first protected areas under the park act of the 1980, thus representing the Federal Governments’ and the states’ efforts for the protection of the environment. There are funds that are allocated for developing the Penang National Park, as declared in the guidelines. There has no logging that has occurred since the year 1996, in fact a part of the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve was logged even before the year 1955, has not been logged since.

Tasik Meromiktik lake

The Wonders and Beauty of the Penang National Park

The park has got different habitats which makes it very unique from the other parks and forest reserves. There are wetlands, mudflats, mangroves, turtle nesting beaches, coral reefs and the meromictic lakes.
A survey done by the university Sains Malaysia along with the MNS indicates a reasonably rich fauna. There are small mammals such as the tree shrews, flying lemur (cynocephalus variegates), leopard, pangolins, slow loris and sea otters are also spotted. You can experience all these creatures at Pantai Keracut, as they make an occasional appearance near the meromictic lake.

Bridge Of National Park

In addition to the mammals, the park is also a home to birds, amphibians, reptiles including different species of turtles. There are green, leatherback, Hawk bill and the Ridley turtles found in the national park. You will also get to spot the Brahminy kite, crested serpent eagle and the white bellied sea eagle that soar gracefully above in the sky.

There are many snakes that are also found in the park, however you don’t have to be afraid of them, as there are many snakes that are non-poisonous, however you still have to keep some distance from them as there is no way through which you can distinguish a poisonous snake from a non poisonous one. When going on the hiking trail, you also need to be aware of the scorpions, centipedes, spiders and the millipedes that are found near the hiking trail. In fact insects are one of the many residents of the national park. So visit the park with your family or friends, as the nature is at its best here.

Fun 89
Historical 48
Natural 99
Per person Rm119 and minimum 2 pax
Group of 10 person Rm468
Tour guide hire Rm240

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