With the abundance of natural rainforests, Brunei Darussalam is one of the countries with the highest potential in developing a booming ecotourism. Simply put, Ecotourism is a huge untapped opportunity for the Abode of Peace. Returning once more, the Brunei Natural Festival aims to exactly promote this aspect by holding this year’s event at the Airport Mall, Berakas on the 9th till 11th February 2018.
The festival was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Hj Ali bin Hj Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism during the opening ceremony. Looking through the available booths and signs, it was apparent – the 2018 festival focuses more on the serene wilderness of Ulu Temburong.
“A lot of people don’t know about our resort in Temburong, yet they are actually more familiar to the untouched rainforests of the district. We hope that this festival will spread more information about our resort and parks to the people in the main city,” said Anthony Chieng, the Managing Director of Ulu-Ulu National Park Resort.
The on-going three days showcase puts the Temburong wildlife as the festival’s main highlight. One of the more noticeable and highly anticipated activities was the rainforest Night Walk Tunnel through the mall’s atrium. Visitors get to experience a simulated and educational stroll through the nights of the Temburong rainforest while interacting with the critters and displays. It was safe to say that it had certainly dispelled the sense of threat or eeriness towards night walks in the natural forest.
Another key part of the festival was the photograph exhibitions where photographers–amateurish or professional–get to express their perspectives of the district’s stunning flora and fauna. Other than that, there were plenty of booths brought up by various Bruneian nature societies. They would promote the pristine wildlife of the Temburong district while also advertising the tour packages to the Ulu Temburong National Park. Talks were also held during the festival that encourages awareness of nature conservation in Brunei.
Throughout the three days festival, there were various competitions for people to join such as the bird-watching race, colouring contest, photography competition and even – a bird call mimicking contest. There were still many other nature-based games that visitors enjoyed and perhaps obtained tidbits of new knowledge to be shared once they got home. It can be assured that the Brunei Nature Festival was a success, and hoping to top themselves once again in the later future.