Water Rafting in Malaysia Started in Gopeng!
Kampar River History: From Tin to White Water
Sungai Kampar (The Kampar River) begins in the thick rainforests on the mountains of the Main Range, flowing as a small mountain stream through Orang Asli villages, providing the communities with water and food. Where the river meets the flat plains, rich tin ore sediment was laid down over time. It is believed that tin, which has a silvery color gave the state of Perak (which means silver in Malay) its name. In the 1890s, Perak with the richest alluvial deposits of tin in the world was one of the jewels in the crown of the British Empire. After Malaysia’s independence, it was the economic powerhouse of modern Malaysia. The global tin industry collapsed in the 1980s, and the state’s economy has never recovered since. Today, after rafting was developed by Nomad Adventure, tourism is the most important activity on the river.
Nomad Adventures – 1st Rafting Company on Sungai Kampar
In 2003 Nomad Adventure were the first company to start commercial whitewater rafting on Sungai Kampar. We trained the first locals in the area to become river guides. From the start, we initiated the highest safety standards. In 2008, we became the only Malaysian adventure company with an ISO 9001 certification. We are the preferred training provider in South East Asia for Rescue 3 International. Nomad raised the bar again In 2015 by having our trip leaders certified by the International Rafting Federation.
Sungai Kampar – The Most Popular River Rafting in all Malaysia!
Nomad’s efforts have made Sungai Kampar is the most popular river in Peninsular Malaysia for whitewater rafting. Through the years we have never lost our passion for paddling and sense of adventure.