Borneo - Orangutans and Iban
An essential trip for the wildlife lover, this unique tour to Borneo will take us past the usual tourist hot-spots. We venture deeper into the lesser-visited national parks in search of pygmy elephants and Borneo’s well-known inhabitant, the orangutan.
Starting in Kuching, Sarawak’s cosmopolitan capital city, we take a day trip to Bako National Park. Bako boasts an impressive range of forest types, from mangroves and heath to tropical swamp and beach vegetation. This provides habitats for a wide variety of species include sea eagles, crocodiles and the Borneo endemic proboscis monkey.
Our next stop is Batang Ai, where we board our boat for the upriver trip into the jungle. We spend three days here, searching for wildlife such as orangutans, macaques and various species of birds. We’ll also get to know the local Iban community at their longhouse.
Flying on to Mulu National Park, we explore the largest limestone cave system in the world, where we hope to witness the spectacle of over a million bats exiting the Deer cave at once, before continuing to Deramakot and Kinabatangan. Deramakot is home to the world’s rarest cat, the Sunda clouded leopard, whilst Kinabatangan boasts the highest concentration of proboscis monkeys and orangutans in Borneo.
A land of luxuriant rainforests, Borneo is home to the most biodiverse habitats on earth. Although the fearsome headhunting days are long in Borneo’s past, indigenous culture and tribal peoples still remain, and we will be fortunate to experience their legendary hospitality. But, it isn’t just the human locals we will come to know on this island. The ‘humans of the forest’ are the reason most people visit Borneo and these endearing, orange apes will surely leave a lasting impression.