The Kilim Karst Geoforest and the timeless beauty it exudes is where Langkawi’s first zoo is located.
The geoforest park is also the gateway to Kilim mangroves that is voted the country’s most visited tourist attraction in the past two years.
Combining the three enticing elements of Geoforest, Mangrove and Wildlife, the Langkawi Nature Park offers visitors a threesome experience that is second to none.
Barely a year old, it has become one of the biggest eco-tourism spots that offer diverse experience for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of nature, interact with animals and go on a tranquil walk among diverse species of mangroves.
The ecosystem there is maintained as close to nature as best as it can be.
To date, the zoo has a collection of 250 heads from 80 species of animals. Some of the animals like antelopes wander freely around the park.
Although the park looks like a mini South Africa, with minimal use of bars and cages, the predator animals are given a naturally decorated space.
From the Savannah comes a giraffe, antelopes namely the eland and long-horn gemsbok, zebra and white lion. There are camels, tigers, goats and deers while the Malayan sun bears, chimpanzees, wallaby and alpaca are popular with children.
If you would like to get a close encounter with the animals, you can even enjoy a ride on the camels in the park, or feed the fluffy looking brown bears and watch it unfurling its majestic height standing up.
At the exotic aviary, visitors can interact with colourful birds feeding them seeds on your outstretched palms. Species like the Bulbul, Sun Conures, Cockatiels and Pheasants are fighting for your attention.
Coming soon will be another opportunity for visitors to experience another close encounter during the Animal Show at the arena.
While visiting the zoo in the afternoon, visitors can escape the heat with a stroll along the 800-metre long boardwalk through a mangrove forest.
For nature-loving visitors, this leisurely walk in the pristine forest is an elevating experience allowing you to enjoy the myriad of flora and fauna.
Here, sightings of mud crabs, mudskippers, squirrels, monkeys and monitor lizards are common as the mangrove provides a safe shelter for these creatures.
Along the walk, an assigned guide will explain the wonders of the mangrove tree species, and how it acts as a buffer to protect the shorelines in addition to providing shelter to the animals.
The end of the boardwalk is the start of a geological experience understanding what the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park stands for on a 15-minute boat ride that follows a route that meanders along the Kilim River. Visitors will witness ancient geological rock formations while natural wonders await.
Stunning geological formations like unique limestone rock formations, fossils, caves, lagoons, and beaches will mesmerise you in awe.
Look out for kingfishers, white-bellied fish eagles and kite eagles which would respond to the sound of calls from the boat operators; much to your surprise.
If you are more of a thrill and fun seeker, then head on to the Kedah House after the sun sets to enjoy a fire-eating show by stuntmen at the Langbara Fire Show.
Before you leave, you may stop by the souvenir shop to buy keychains, t-shirts, bags and magnets for keepsake and to give away.
For a memorable trip, you will cherish the experience you have gone through for nowhere will you find a park that offers a geoforest, mangrove and wildlife experience all at one place.
The Langkawi Nature Park at Kampung Belanga Pechah along Jalan Air Hangat is open daily from 10am to 9pm. Call 019-709 4769 or visit www.langkawinaturepark.com for details.
Open daily: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Kampung Belanga Pecah, Jalan Ayer Hangat,
07000 Langakwi, Kedah Darul Aman.
+6019-709 4769 / +60190-806 4769