Tenyok Rimba, Upper Baram - Sarawak Borneo
Tenyok Rimba Resort
Tenyok Rimba Resort is a community project located in Tenyok Rimba Reserve. This tiny reserve was set aside for the community by the logging company that was give the concession to log this place in the late 1980’s – 1990’s. Although it has been logged, the reserve shows promising signs of recovery. The resort sits on the edge of the reserve, with a river running by, close to the chalets and longhouse. Tenyok was so called because this, in Kayan means hide. During the WW2 occupation, the Japanese patrols would be sent for weeks or months on end into the thick jungles of Sarawak. The longhouse inhabitants would normally escape into the jungles as soon as they have word that the patrols were heading their way. On such occasions, the Kayans living in the area would run off to Tenyok to hide out until the Japanese soldiers leave, which sometimes took days or weeks depending on the food supply present at the longhouse.
To the local Kayans, Tenyok Rimba has great significance for them. The reserve has several rock falls and waterfalls which punctuates the monotony of the green jungle. It’s a great place to be at peace with the rainforest. Birdwatching is a plus point here and short treks into the reserve provide insight to what a Borneon jungle is made of.
The resort runs on generator but is in the process of installing a hydro powered generator, utilising the power of the river to generate electricity which the Pemancar or Headman Mr Laing says is in line with the environmentally sound strategy of running the resort they want to instill. Staying here is on package basis where transportation, food, guides and accommodation is provided. Pre booking is advisable.
Tenyok Rimba is about 35mins drive from Long Bedian. One thing that really sets Sarawak from all the other states in Malaysia is the presence of rainbows. Rainbows are common occurrences and sometimes not one but multiple. This is a sign that Sarawak, like the rest of Borneo can survive the ravages of man as long as they have a window of opportunity.
The young jungles that are growing now show promising signs of a return to the old terrain. The only thing now to do is to let it grow. The mistake that Sabah had was to convert all land possible to palm oil plantations. Palm oil plantations have a reputation of destroying the environment. Unlike the old crops such as Rubber, palm oil requires tonnes of fertiliser and insecticide to sustain. These chemicals leach into the ground and into water sources, killing off some fauna and flora that existed in the area.
The people in Baram are trying to resist such conversions as they know that many will come and many will take away their land and in the end the ones who are left to save the land are the ones who were there to nurture it.. the original people. For now, Tenyok Rimba and several others like them will continue to harbour some genepool of the rich flora that Sarawak once had.