Whitewater Rafting @ Sungai Selangor, Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB)

Brief Information

I can think of four different outdoor activities near the town of KKB, one of which I’ve covered is Lata Medang waterfall (https://outdoor-bound.com/2015/05/26/waterfall-trek-lata-medang-kuala-kubu-bharu/) then there are Chilling waterfall and Bukit Kutu both I’ve been to and hope to post up soon. The best part is that KKB is only a 45mins drive from KL. Those of you who’ve been here may have also visited the Sungai Selangor dam which is quite a magnificent site. But en route to the dam, we detoured to a small road for a minute and were eventually greeted with the sight of raft boats, paddles, life jackets and the rest of the company.

My Experience

Water rafting at Sungai Selangor is only possible depending on the water levels of the dam which controls the release of water into the river. So the highest chance to raft here is usually during rainy seasons where the dam water levels are sufficient. However, your guide will normally give the green light a few days in advance else they would propose to move the venue to Slim River (https://outdoor-bound.com/2014/02/04/white-water-rafting-slim-river-4012014/).

The difficulty grade for Sungai Selangor is within 3 – 4 (sometimes up to 4.5 if water level is high) in comparison to Slim River at 2 – 3, and Gopeng 1 – 2. In case you are wondering, whitewater rapids are graded from 1 to 6, 1 being the easiest and 6 the most difficult and dangerous. In this case it doesn’t mean that a first timer should be worried if the grade is 3 and above as long as you are confident in the water.

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Wonder what our guide in the background is up to…
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Notice the ropes in the background, it’s actually a whole series of ropes suspended from the highway bridge around 100m tall. We managed to witness someone jump and free fall kind of like bungee jump but they call it ‘bridge rope swing’. Whatever it is, I’m totally up for it!

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The last 20 minutes of the journey was on calm waters so all of us got into the water, lie back and just float downstream, enjoying the cool water, the sun and the company.

Overall you can expect loads of fun and more thrills compared with Slim River as there are way more drops and chances to capsize which I feel is the most exciting part about water rafting. Total time spent from start to end was approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.

What to bring/wear?

  • Wear a long sleeve top and long pants if you want more protection from cuts or the sun
  • Waterproof bag for miscellaneous items
  • Shoes for water sports or Kampung Adidas
  • Change of clothes (toilets available at the end)

Jo’s ratings (ratings are subjective and biased towards participants’ experience)

  • Accessibility: 10/10

Road access was good

  • Difficulty: 4/10

Most of the work is done by experienced guides, just listen to their instructions and enjoy the ride

  • Rewarding Experience: 8/10

I’d give it an 8 for the fun factor and also the guides who were very enthusiastic throughout

  • Overall Rating: 8/10

Forward paddle! Reverse paddle! All front! All right side! Good fun coupled with some heart-pumping action is definitely worth every cent you paid for

Additional Information

I recommend going with PieRose Swiftwater Sdn Bhd (https://www.raftmalaysia.com/), the owner Mr Pie has been in the industry for more than a decade and was very enthusiastic from our safety briefing, taking photos and paddling with us. He also mentioned that they invest in top notch rafts from the US that are highly durable compared to the more affordable ones from China. Snacks and a meal are included in the package. Minimum group size for a trip is 6.

Getting there

The company you engage with would set a meeting point in the town of KKB

 

 

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