Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Broga Hill, Semenyih, Malaysia

Bukit Broga, or Broga Hill, is located near Semenyih, about 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur. Its real name is Bukit Lalang, refering to the thin and long species of local grass that grows abundantly on this hill. It can be reached a short distance after the University of Nottingham, where the entrance trail starts from an oil palm estate facing a rabbit park across the road. Its easy accessibility means that there are many visitors on the weekend.

          As far as nature is concerned, the hill is composed mostly of lalang grass while some lower areas are covered with palm oil trees or young secondary forest. Squirrels and birds such as swifts are common sights around these parts. What is truly appealing about hiking up to the peak is the panoramic view of the landscape. In fact, the view from the top of Broga Hill has been described as incredible and offering one of the best sights from such a low hill. Lush valleys of green rainforest, peppered with flat palm oil plantations and a few towns, can be seen vibrantly on a clear day, with the backdrop of several mountains in the far distance.
         There are four peaks in total, each one ascends above the other through a clear path fringed by the tall grass at each side. The trails are well marked and trodden, so it's pretty hard to get lost or even lose sight of the way. The best times to climb Broga Hill is during the weekdays, as weekends will see a huge glut of hikers clogging the various peaks.

         It is best not to walk around on the grass, as this species in particular will cast an itchy sensation on bare skin. In the evenings, swifts and swallows will dart around the hill in large numbers, riding on the breeze that so often blows across the peaks. During windy periods, the tall grass will rustle like waves across the sea, providing a spectacle to behold.

Picture from :- Nadiea Mahfuz, Amarudin Omar






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