Tasik Bera Swamp Ecosystem
"Explore Malaysia's Largest Wetland Wilderness"
Experience the open water odyssey of the Tasik Bera swamp ecosystem, a unique mixture of maze-like waterways, lowland jungle and wetland animals and a traditional Semelai community.
As one of only two (Tasik Chini the other) and the nation's largest freshwater lake, inflowing streams and thick swamplands make up the wetland's core area, 35 km long and 25 km wide with over 6,800 hectares of wetland habitats.
Unique habitats like freshwater and peat swamp forests, reedbeds, and islands of Pandanus (screwpines), surrounded by lowland forests, support interesting wild flora and fauna.
As a refuge for swamp animals and plants, these habitats harbour endangered mammals and fish, lots of turtles and some rare plants.
Inhabited by the Semelai for over 600 years, the lake's natural resources still provide forest products, fish and wild game for the community. Today they also cultivate rubber trees and oil palm crops, and produce handicrafts to gain additional income.
To safeguard these special habitats and species, Tasik Bera is now recognized as an important wetland site. The first wetland habitat in Malaysia to be declared a protected sanctuary under the international RAMSAR Convention.
Tasik Bera Swamp Ecosystem: Outdoor Action
Get out into the wetland wilderness and get a feel for living in the great outdoors.
You can ease into just about anything at Tasik Bera swamp ecosystem or do nothing at all:
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Tasik Bera Swamp Ecosystem: A Wild Sanctuary
Exploring the jungles and swamps of Tasik Bera gives you a chance to see its rich biodiversity.
As a riverine swamp its a unique landscape to soak in. With nearly 100 fish species and over 230 birds, anglers and birders have plenty to hook or look forward to.
Swamp forests and lowland forests harbour large mammals such as tigers and tapirs, and even Asian elephants. Ten different turtle species, including the Striped Giant Soft-shelled turtle, find shelter in the lake ecosystems.
Endangered species, such as the prized Arowana fish, and extremely rare species, like the ancient Malayan false gharial - from the crocodile family with a narrow long snout for catching fish.
Protecting habitats of endemic or vulnerable animals like the dusky leaf monkey, Malaysian peacock pheasant, and Lesser Adjutant stork keep populations strong. The Semelai hunt or collect mouse deer, wild pigs, pythons, monitor lizards, frogs and turtles for both food and commerce.
The natural bounty of the swamp ecosystem exhibits the importance of the rainforest food web to support diverse wild animals amid these wetland and jungle habitats.
Tasik Bera Swamp Ecosystem: General Information
The Semelai community established SABOT (Semelai Association for BOat and Tourism) to organize their tourism efforts and share the benefits with the community.
As one of the few examples of ecotourism in Malaysia, we encourage you to partake of the services offered by this indigenous group to keep wild places and local economies viable.
Tel: 013 286 5367 (call between 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Malaysian time)
There are several ways to get to Tasik Bera swamp ecosystem. The first time can be confusing, so allow an extra hour to reach the right locale.
North Access to Lake (Visitors' Centre and Persona Resort)
South Access to Lake (Pos Iskandar and SABOT)
Things to Bring
When To Go
Travel to Tasik Bera is suitable any time of the year.
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