Tax Exemption


When Established: 01/1999
Description of Charity:

SABOT was started to help the local aboriginal (orang asli) community near Tasik Bera (Malaysia’s largest natural wetland) earn a living and be self-supportive. They provide services such as homestay and tour camps in the area.

The Semelai living around Tasek Bera have for centuries relied on the wetlands and forest for their livelihoods. In 1994, Tasek Bera was declared a Ramsar site – a wetland of international importance – and the government has since banned activities such as commercial hunting and fishing and forest clearing, which leaves the Semelai with fewer options for earning money.

Semelai Association for Boating and Tourism (SABOT) was set up with assistance from Wetlands International. It is fully owned and managed by the Semelai. This organisation is a community effort to ensure that tourism at Tasek Bera will generate a sustainable income for the local community, and consequently reduce the dependency on use of forest resources.

SABOT offers a variety of ecotourism activities and package tours including:
– homestay with local Semelai families
– several jungle camps where visitors can spend nights.
– Guided hikes through the rain forest that range from a two-hour medicinal plant trail to full-day treks.
– SABOT’s guides consequently complement their wetland tours with demonstrations of traditional farming and hunting techniques, folk music, and information about medicinal plants.

There has also been a resurgence in the production of Semelai handicrafts, which are sold out of SABOT’s headquarters.

NOTE: Tasek Bera is Malaysia’s largest natural wetland and first Ramsar site. Covering more than 3,000 hectares, the protected area comprises narrow rivers, open swamps, and dense tropical forests. The local flora includes rare orchids, and the aquatic purple water trumpet, a species found only in Tasek Bera. The area’s fauna is even more diverse, including endangered species such as the sun bear, Asian elephant and Malayan false gharial.

Sources of Funds: UNDP-Small Grants Programme to promote tropical forests (through Wetlands International)


Any Volunteer Services Needed: Yes
Purpose of Volunteer Needs: Please contact SABOT or Wetlands International for more details.

Description of Needs:     Support SABOT by visiting Tasik Bera. Please contact SABOT or Wetlands International for more details.
Cheques Made Payable to:     Please contact SABOT or Wetlands International

Direction/ Map:
Taxi from nearest town (Bahau, Negeri Sembilan) costs between RM 35-40. See SABOT website for map and more details.

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Semelai Association for Boat and Tourism (SABOT)

Mr. Hashim Inolan (Vice Chairman of SABOT)Contact Person
[email protected]Email
+6011 912 617 (SABOT)Phone Number
+603 7806 1944 (Wetlands Int'l)Phone Number
+6011 912 617Fax Number
Established since 1999Year of Establishment
SABOT office, Pos Iskandar Orang Asli settlement, Tasik BeraAddress
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