Coming to Ca Mau, tourists can have a chance to join a trip to U Minh Ha National Park with interesting activities. U Minh Ha National Park is one of the most ideal tourist destinations for people who love a few challenges, take risks, and want to learn more about the wetland ecosystem.
U Minh Ha National Park with an area of 8.527,8 ha was established on January 20, 2006, within the boundaries of 4 communes in 2 districts of Tran Van Thoi and U Minh, Ca Mau provinces. Located in the west of Ca Mau province, it takes more than 30 minutes to drive by car for tourists to reach the national park.
Plants here are most typical of melaleuca and vines. The animal system is relatively rich with the species of copper fish, python, snake, monkey, deer, boar, etc. It’s a great idea place for enthusiasts and adventurous travelers.
On May 26, 2009, U Minh Ha National Park was recognized by UNESCO as one of the three core zones of the Cape Ca Mau World Biosphere Reserve.
The flora and fauna system here is extremely rich and diverse, including 250 plant species, 182 bird species, 20 reptile and amphibian species, 40 mammal species, and many other insect species. There are many others that are recorded in the Red Book of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Thanks to a stable ecological environment, birds and stocks gather here to breed, live and develop in large numbers. The people living in U Minh Hạ Forest have occupations related to the forest such as raising bees, fishing, catching eels, and planting fruit trees. They are very protective of their home. The people of the forest rely on the start of the rainy season for the forest to turn into a large breeding ground for fish so that they can catch the fish.
U Minh Ha forest also has abundant aquatic resources, in which there are many species of fish typical for the Western region such as snakehead fish, cotton fish, strabismus, yellow catfish, etc. These fishes not only bring biological value but also have high economic value. Recently, many rare wildlife species have appeared in the U Minh Ha Melaleuca forest, the most notable of which is the wild boar – a rare animal that has been “missing” for decades. The reappearance of many wild animals such as wild boars, cobras, iguanas, crocodiles, etc, along with hundreds of existing animal species, enrich the ecosystem of the forest.
During the wars, the U Minh Ha Melaleuca forest was the revolutionary base of the South, playing a significant role in the history of the nation. U Minh Forest used to be the living and working place of many leaders.
From the forest gate (Vo Doi hamlet, Tran Hoi commune, Tran Van Thoi district), the road is smooth and clean, leading visitors through the observation deck up to 24 meters high. Standing in the observatory to have a panoramic view, visitors can’t help but be surprised by the vastness of green leaves and forests that seem to stretch endlessly towards the horizon.
Traveling to Ca Mau, tourists will have the most wonderful experiences in this wild, pristine U Minh Ha forest.
One thing that should not be missed here is wild honey. Especially under the forest canopy, bees are diligently throughout the year seeking for nectar and pollen from the indigo flower to build their nests which annually bring here large volumes of honey to residents here. Wild honey here is extremely pure and intense. Above all, it has a high nutritious quality, which can be used as medicine.
There are also around 60 kinds of freshwater and brackish water fish. Visitors can fish by themselves or ask local people to help spread the net to catch fish. After the forest travel, visitors together process and enjoy delicious and delicious rustic dishes such as grilled freshwater fish, fried field mouse, a grilled snake with water lily, and premature lotus leaves.
|Photo: Bach hoa XANH
People living in U Minh Ha forest are allocated land and forest by the government and make their living on their own forest such by: planting trees, exploiting woods, fishing, putting layers, putting eel pots, trawling, planting trees on the bank, and so on. Being close to the forest for ages, the natives here love nature, love U Minh Ha a lot, and keep the forests as if they are their treasure.
Traveling and discovering mangrove forests in the daytime, along with catching voles are expected to be a memorable experience for visitors to the southern forest land.
However, visitors will be limited during the peak seasons in March and April due to the work of forest fire prevention and control.