Masungi means“masungki” or “crooked” – an appropriate description for the sprawling limestone landscape found within.
According to Anne Dumaliang, the project manager of Masungi and daughter of Mr. Ben Dumaliang of Blue Star Construction & Dev. Corp., it also means “masungit”, referring to the weather variations of the area. (I saw her on OurAwesomePlanet’s video) 👏🏻
It was mentioned a couple of times during our visit that Masungi Georeserve is not an eco park only meant for enjoyment, rather, it is a conservation and preservation area where each employee or visitor needs to fulfil the following values: Respect, discipline and cleanliness.
They promote responsible outdoor recreation by having a “Leave no trace policy”, littering is a definite No-no! Read their policies here: http://masungigeoreserve.com/georeserve-policies/
If you were to ask me, the trail wasn’t bad at all. 😍
Yes, I had a hard time and there were times that I was panting and catching my breath… Yes, there were times that I wanted to give up and just go back…
But Mario, our park ranger, had a very encouraging and enabling approach. He patiently gave us instructions and motivated us the whole time. There was a smile plastered on his face which never went away. He never showed any sign of boredom spite knowing that he’s been there for about 5years now.
seeing the view and being able to commune with nature makes it all worth it.
Aside from discovering the place, I also discovered a lot of things about myself.
The trail had obstacles and I just had to oblige, I had no choice and there was no turning back. Acting up was not an option – I had to overcome my fear of heights!!! (instantly!) 😳
Look, Ma! I did it!!!!!!! 😅
#achievementunlocked #suchahashtagmoment LOLx
Let me share the video of our visit to Masungi Georeserve:
And some snaps:
Snacks are included by the way..
The guest kit and clean toilet (impressive!)…
What I liked?
- Everyone was so polite, calm and respectful. Props to our Park Ranger – Mario, who was extra patient and kind to all of us. He is no other! Try to request for him when you visit, he will not disappoint!
- Impressive toilets – super clean and they provided some girly stuff/ essentials (Evian facial spray, Nivea sunscreen spray, Mosquito repellant spray, etc.)
- The trail was challenging and tiring but it was worth it
- We trailed from 11:30am – 4:30pm, the sun was shining but it wasn’t scorching hot as we expected, it was breezy and the trees did a good job protecting us from the heat of the sun
- Our park ranger gave our group a bag or oranges. Mario and his oranges – both sweet! LOL
What I didn’t like?
- The restaurant was still under construction when we went 😭
- Book your visit ahead of time, they’re always fully booked. We sent them an email last December because their website’s reservation portal was down, Anne gladly replied to us and presented options. We had to choose between a good time slot in July or a noon time slot on Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016). We opted to take the latter.
- Check their calendar and book your visit here: http://masungigeoreserve.com/calendar/
- It’s easier to bring your own transpo, parking is not an issue. We heard that commuting might be a challenge, since the venue is not exactly along the highway.
- Visit their website and do your research ahead of time
- Make sure that your mobile phone, camera or gopro has a strap. Our park ranger told us to be extra careful because if you drop your gadget, you can either say goodbye to it or pray that your park ranger finds it for you – which might be dangerous for them anyway =(
- Follow them on facebook to receive updates: https://www.facebook.com/masungigeoreserve
Again, kudos to our Park Ranger – Mario!!! Masungi Georeserve’s lucky to have you!