About 36 hours after the ATV ride, my entire body is still aching from the adventure as I sit on my bed and write about the experience.
On the morning after Christmas, RK and I joined 11 other friends and friends of friends for an ATV ride at ATV Adventure Park, Kampung Kemensah. It’s located 4.4km deeper into the jungle from Zoo Negara. The drive there was a little narrow but the road condition was alright: tarred.
When we got there, we signed the indemnity form and were given a 3-min briefing on how to operate the ATV. The briefing sounded something like this: hold the brake to start the engine; hold the brake to change gear; push the throttle gently to accelerate uphill; hold right brake and pump left brake to go downhill; keep your legs in the ATV, keep the steering straight; sit closer to the front; etc. Are you still with me? I thought that was too much new info to remember within 3 minutes.
Anyway, they let us pick our ATVs and practise a few rounds within the compound before leading us into the jungle, the real adventure trail. Honestly, the practice trail was nothing like the real deal, especially when the jungle trail was muddy after a rainfall the night before.
The 13 of us were broken into two groups, lead by an instructor each. The girls led the pack so that we trailed right behind the instructor. From time to time, the instructor would stop us to pre-empt us of the trail ahead and to help us when there’s high chance we’d need his help i.e. getting stuck in the mud, getting stuck in the mud uphill and getting stuck in the mud downhill. You get the drill.
I’m not even sure if I can describe the experience with much justice. Driving the ATV into the jungle made me feel like king of the jungle. It was rough. It was tough. It was dirty. It was macho!
You gotta be brave and adventurous to get the best out of the experience. Just max up the throttle going uphill or you’d get stuck. Just hold on to the brake and slide downhill or you’d never make it. And to quote the instructors, “Nampak batu, langgar je. Nampak paip, langgar je.” Yes, just bulldoze your way through and be amazed by the power of the all-terrain vehicle (ATV). The only time to stop? When a tree fell and blocked the way =P
We signed up for a 2-hour return ride to Sofea Jane Waterfall for RM150/pax. I think it’s worthy. For the least, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In fact, I don’t mind returning to try the other routes. ATV Adventure Park is a recommended extreme sports activity in Selangor! Find the price packages on their website.
Just be warned that if you’re so not fit like me, you’d get full body muscle ache post-activity. Why? Because you have to keep yourself on the ATV even when you feel like bouncing or flying off on the super bumpy, tilted, slanted ride. Also, be prepared for injuries; it’s an extreme sports anyway.