Kubah National Park covers 2,230 hectares of mixed dipterocarp forest that is rich in palms, orchids and pitcher plants. Situated on a small sandstone plateau Kubah is dominated by the 911 metre high Mount Serapi. The park’s soft sandstone is punctuated with bands of hardened limestone, which have created a number of clear streams, waterfalls and rock pools. The forest at Kubah is mixed dipterocarp, with small areas of scrub forest and isolated patches of kerangas or heath forest. The park is famed for its rich diversity of palms and frogs. Over 60 species of frogs are found at Kubah, including one of the smallest species of frog in the world – the Matang narrow mouth frog. This pea-size frog lives inside and around pitcher plants and was first described by scientists in 2010. The frogs deposit their eggs on the sides of the pitcher and the tadpoles live in the pitcher plant until they emerge as young frogs.
A natural frog pond located next to the Summit Road is a great place to see frogs at night and listen to wonderful frog sounds. In 2014 Australian sound recordist Marc Anderson recorded the frogs at Kubah and won the “Most Beautiful Sound in the World” competition. Visitors can enjoy similar sounds as ‘Dusk by the Frog Pond’. Standing in the middle of Borneo rainforest and listening to a living orchestra of wildlife is one of the highlights of a trip to Kubah.
In addition to its palms and frogs, Kubah has many other attractions. Its rainforest scenery is superb and it has a rich variety of orchids and ferns. The park’s jungle streams and waterfalls offer great resting places to cool down after a jungle trek. A series of trekking trails allows visitors to experience these attractions. The Palmetum is a short trail devoted to Kubah’s best-known feature – its palms. The Selang Trail ends at a viewing point on Bukit Selang, one of the many hills in the park. The Belian Trail as the name suggests passes a number of Belian or Ironwood trees. Belian is one of the finest hardwoods in Borneo owing to its strength and durability. The Waterfall Trail is one of the most popular and leads to a series of rock pools and waterfall whilst the Rayu Trail connects Kubah to Matang Wildlife Centre. Visitors can also walk along the Summit Road that leads to the top of Mount Serapi. It takes 5-6 hours to walk to the top and back. There is a viewing platform at the summit that offers amazing views of the rainforest, coastline and the wider Kuching area.