|Kg Semoi and Lata Kenip 23-8-2009|
|A good friend of mine, Rahim, belongs to the Semai tribe, and is living in Kg Semoi, near Sg Koyan, north of Raub. |
A few years ago I have visited his kampong (click here for a report) and used the opportunity to visit a remote waterfall in the region, Lata Kenip. As the weather was not reliable we only went to the lowest of the waterfalls in this river.
When Joe Yap's Waterfall Survivors recently organised a trip to the Kenip fall, I decided to join. I went in my own car, because I wanted to stay overnight.
Rahim had arranged the same guide for us as three years ago. I would not have found my way, because near the trail head a completely new kampong had been built. The construction of the houses was traditional, without nails.
Of course the visit of so many town people was a major attraction for the villagers..:-).
Our group consisted mainly of newbies, without much jungle experience, so progress was slow, as the trail was steep and slippery. Just before we reached the lower Kenip fall, a real downpour started, so heavy that we were worried about flash-flooding. We stayed only a few minutes at the fall, before we went back.
So, I must come back one more time to visit the upper (and more impressive) waterfalls in the Kenip river.
The rest off the day I enjoyed the hospitality of Rahim's family. If only they had Internet connection, I could easily stay for a longer time in this kampong...:-)
Actually life here is not that easy for my friends. They used to tap rubber, but recently the plantation owner has imported Indonesian workers to take over their job.
It would be nice if they could make a Home Stay for visitors, there are enough activities possible in and around the village. I am thinking about how to help them organise it.