Jungle School is a jungle survival training centre hosted by the Orang Asli survival specialist of Semai tribe located in Gombak, Selangor.
My family had a great time at Jungle School with En Raman. It was a wonderful experience for our family, tried so many new things yesterday - starting a fire from scratch, making word shavings, cooking using bamboo, blowing a blow pipe, weaving a shelter etc. But most importantly, just enjoying being in nature. My son was initially a bit reluctant but as usual when it was time to go he didn't want to leave. En Raman is an experienced guide and teacher, he has a great gift of sharing his love of nature with children. This is definitely one of the best discoveries I have made, thanks so much to En Raman , Mejar Kelam and Lokalocal
Remarkable jungle experience with sir Kalam and Raman! Highly recommend this tour to anyone who likes to learn a legacy of art and survival.
We never knew Gombak has a lot to offer, from where it all started to how it became one of the prominent Orang Asli settlement. The tour starts from the Orang Asli Muzium where Mejar Kalam had given us detailed stories about the indigenous people in Malaysia and the importance of preserving the Orang Asli culture. Mejar Kalam guide us through an easy trail into the jungle and along the way we learn about the types of trees and herbs which are useful for medication or for cooking ingredients.
Our forest activities are guided by En. Raman. With his in-depth knowledge about forest, En. Raman shared us not just the Orang Asli culture and heritage but he teaches us few good techniques to keep us safe and alert in the jungle. Although the hiking trail is not difficult, this is a "stepping out from your comfort zone" kind of activities but also suitable for all ages. Overall, we had a good time; both En. Raman and Mejar Kalam is a very good host. Really appreciate what they are doing now to keep the Orang Asli culture and heritage continues. Thank you En. Raman and Mejar Kalam for all the knowledge and experiences.
I'm surprised that this immersive jungle school has gone unnoticed for so long! I enjoyed learning about the ways of the jungle, from starting a fire to weaving a shelter from bertam leaves, using a blowpipe and cooking in bamboos. It was also humbling to see Encik Raman and Mejer Kalam's passion towards nature and preserving Orang Asli traditions for the future generation. Definitely recommended if you want to experience indigenous culture in Malaysia.
What an amazing, special day. An incredible experience for the entire family, from young to old. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
It's great that the workshop was on lokalocal or we wouldn't have known about the Indigenous Arts Festival. The whole experience was very interesting and a great day out. The workshop itself was good. We got a free woven headpiece on arrival (very cute). There were a few localokal members on hand (at least 2 at all times) and one of them joined in. The advert was misleading though - it said 'take away a box or a a mat' if I wasn't mistaken. And weaving is hard! That should be more clear. We tried to make a box (too difficult) and ended up making cute bookmarks. A bit more foresight from the organisers (and lovely lady who taught us how to make them) would have been useful. She's clearly an expert but went through each step very fast. I think a bookmark, and then maybe something more complicated like the headband, would have been best. There were also not quite enough materials given (if we had made the boxes, we would have run out!). Emily & Eunice
Raman, his friend and his two daughters ran a great trip. We hiked with his two daughters for about 45 minutes, and they pointed out various plants and herbs along the way. The pace was easy for us to follow. When we arrived they had set up the kitchen area and showed us how they were cooking our lunch. We helped to prepare the rice in the bamboo. They had also brought us Rambutan from their own trees and it was delicious. There was a slightly more difficult hike that my parents didn't to but my friend and I did. We went up higher and were taught basic survival techniques like how to lay a fire safely and make a torch and smoke signal. We also gathered leaves. We took them back down and all of us learnt how to weave them to make the roofs. We also wove our own bookmarks, ate a delicious lunch, and practiced using the blow pipe. The family were friendly, spoke good English and were happy to answer all of our questions.
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