Simply Sarawak - 8 days
Sarawak in Borneo is the naturalists paradise. On this week long adventure, explore Kuching, visit the orangutan rehabilitation centre, go wild in Bako National Park, spend a night at a longhouse in an amazing and remote location, take jungle walks, test your river kayaking skills and more.
Hello Borneo! Welcome to Kuching, upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to our hotel.
Kuching city tour
This morning explore and discover the charms of Kuching on a guided tour. See buildings from the days of the White Rajahs, ancient Chinese temples and colourful markets displaying the local produce in addition to visiting the Sarawak Museum. Reputed to be one of the best in South East Asia, it has an excellent collection of Bornean ethnological and archaeological artefacts. Spend this afternoon at leisure.
Return via the golden-domed City Mosque and passing through Old Kuching, crammed with spice dealers and textile shops. Pass by the heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, the Pavilion, the Square Tower, the Court House, the Charles Brooke Monument and the Post Office. You will view the Astana, the former residence of the White Rajahs from across the river at the Kuching Waterfront.
Overnight: Kuching City | Breakfast
Bako National Park
Today travel by road and then a take a boat ride along the shoreline of the South China Sea to Bako National Park one of the best places in Sarawak to view wildlife in a natural setting. Bako’s most famous residents are the bizarre proboscis monkeys, and it is also home to silvered langurs (leaf monkeys), long-tailed macaque monkeys, wild boar, flying squirrels and monitor lizards as well as hundreds of different bird species. Fascinating plant life includes mangroves, strangling figs, carnivorous pitcher plants and symbiotic ant plants. Unique geological features mark the coastline, whilst well-marked trails lead to rugged jungle-covered hilltops and secluded beaches. Walking within the park, you will experience this amazing wilderness with some trails leading to some good swimming beaches. After spending the day in the park you return to Kuching.
Overnight: Kuching City | Breakfast, Lunch
Kuching - Batang Ai. After breakfast visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Semenggoh is the best place in Sarawak to view semi-wild orangutans, who have been rescued from captivity and trained to survive in the surrounding forest reserve. The rehabilitated animals roam freely in the rainforest, and often return to the centre at feeding time (between 09-10am). Thanks to the successful breeding programme at Semenggoh, there is a good possibility of experiencing one of the most heart-warming sights in Borneo - an orangutan mother with a young baby. Note: As the orangutan in Semenggoh are semi-wild, sightings cannot be guaranteed.
After Semenggoh, continue your journey passing through lush green countryside dotted with padi fields, pepper gardens and rubber plantations, flanked by rugged jungle-clad mountains. Along the way stop off at the Serian farmer’s market, visit a pepper garden and view carnivorous pitcher plants.
We stop for lunch at a roadside bazaar deep in Iban country. Arriving at Lemanak jetty mid-afternoon take a longboat ride up the Lemanak River, passing through typical Borneo countryside with a longhouse tucked behind almost every bend in the river.
Arrive at Serubah Longhouse or Kesit Longhouse and visit the “entire village under one roof.” Watching the local Iban people at work making mat, baskets and handicrafts. Dinner, featuring delicious fresh jungle produce, is served in the simple guest-house. After dinner we return to the longhouse for an evening’s entertainment, including traditional dancing, music, games and a glass or two of tuak (rice wine) with the longhouse chief. The Iban are a fun-loving people and visitors are expected to join in! We spend the night in the guesthouse with very basic amenities (communal area for sleeping, with no air-conditioning and shared facilities). The accommodation is built by the longhouse people to help supplement their income for their livelihood and children's education.
Overnight: Serubah/Kesit Longhouse | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Batang Ai Nature Walk
After breakfast enjoy a blowpipe demonstration and you can try shooting one yourself. Then take a short nature walk through the forest accompanied by Iban trackers and learn about the traditional uses of rainforest plants in Iban culture. The walk ends at the river bank, where you embark on a longboat journey upriver to a tree-lined jungle pool.
Lunch is cooked at the riverside in traditional Iban style – all ingredients are steamed in freshly-cut bamboo tubes over an open fire. After lunch, there's time to bathe in the pool or relax at the waterside. The return journey is done in traditional style to the sounds of the rainforest – boats are propelled with poles instead of outboard motor. Return downriver for a transfer to Batang Ai jetty. After a 30 minute boat river across the 24 sq km Batang Ai Hydro Lake, arrive at the luxurious Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort where we spend the night.
Overnight: Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Batang Ai - Kuching. After breakfast take a ferry from the resort to the jetty, before driving back to Kuching, stopping for lunch en route.
Overnight: Kuching | Breakfast, Lunch
This morning drive to Bengoh village where you take to the water for a river kayaking adventure, visiting mini waterfalls and caves en route and feeding river fish. You'll also take a village walk and enjoy lunch at Bidayuh Village. This afternoon return to Kuching for our final night.
Overnight: Kuching | Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast and hotel check-out, you'll be transferred to Kuching Airport for your onward flight.
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