Sultans of Swing
Borneo’s most recognisable icon is the Orangutan. The Malay word for ‘Man of the Forest’, the Orangutan is human being’s ‘closest cousin’ sharing 96.4% of our genetic makeup. Whether you choose to encounter this fascinating creature in a semi-wild environment at the established sanctuaries or venture deep into the rainforest spotting for wild ones, your Orangutan connection truly completes your Borneo experience.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeGuided Tours, Jungle
Activity Level Leisurely
Borneo’s most recognisable icon is undoubtedly the Orangutan. The Malay word for ‘Man of the Forest’, the Orangutan is human being’s ‘closest cousin’ sharing 96.4% of our genetic makeup.
Sarawak’s conservation efforts to rehabilitate orphaned Orangutans are centered at the Matang Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (MWRC) and the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre (SWC), a wildlife sanctuary on the outskirts of Kuching city.
This special experience takes you to both these Centres and provides you with valuable insights into these amazing creatures. You are guaranteed to meet ‘Aman’ the alpha male at MWRC in his enclosure and if you are lucky ‘Ritchie’ and his family at SWC might just drop by to pay you a visit.
- Transfers (Surcharge applies to residents of hotels outside Kuching City)
- Entrance fees to MWRC & SWC
- An English speaking host/leader
- Lunch at a local coffee shop
- Please note this tour will carry a surcharge should your requested dates fall on Public Holiday. For more information please go to our FAQ’s page for more information regarding Public Holidays and surcharges.
- Alcoholic or canned beverages
- All other items not listed above
- Gratuities to local staff (at your discretion)
Sultans of Swing
Early 8 am pick up from your hotel and proceed with the 45 minutes drive to SWC for the scheduled 9 am feeding time. Spend a magical hour at the SWC feeding platform area marveling at these amazing semi-wild primates with such human like movements and mannerisms. You might like to pick up a memento of your visit at the information centre before departing the Centre after the visitation time at 10 am.
Your Orangutan experience continues with you heading to the MWRC some 1½ hours away. Stop at a local coffee shop for a simple lunch around midday. Expect to arrive at MWRC at approximately 1 pm and after registering at the headquarters, you will have time on your own to walk around this Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Seemingly like a zoo with enclosures, this centre’s primary role is to rehabilitate wildlife confiscated through the illegal wildlife trade or those that have been unlawfully kept as pets by unknowing perpetrators. Once these animals are deemed fit for release they are then returned to the wild. As such, empty enclosures and cages are positive signs of wildlife rehabilitation.
However, some, like the impressive alpha male Orangutan, Aman, will be destined to live out their lives in captivity due to their inability to adapt back to the natural environment due to numerous circumstances. Aman and numerous other Orangutans are well cared for in their large enclosures and are undoubtedly the stars of the MWRC. It truly is a special Borneo experience to see these majestic creatures. After a fabulous day with our closest cousins, you will be back at your hotel between 2-3 pm depending on traffic and what we see during the tour.
Kubah National Park is an easy and enjoyable day trip from Kuching. Situated on a small sandstone plateau, this small park (2,230 ha.) boasts clear streams and a host of small waterfalls and bathing pools. Kubah is covered by mixed Dipterocarp forest, but it also has one of the widest selections of palms and orchids in Borneo. The varied wildlife includes bearded pig, mouse deer, black hornbill and many species of amphibians and reptiles. However, Kubah’s wildlife tends to stay deep in the forest so it is not really a park for “wildlife encounters”. Kubah’s appeal lies in its rainforest scenery, it’s waterfalls, streams, bathing pools, and the 93 species of palm found within its boundaries.
We would recommend long sleeved t – shirts and trousers, comfortable hiking boots, large brimmed hat or cap, sunglasses and a light rain coat/ Poncho
Mosquito repellent, small personal first aid kit, spare t – shirt, camera, hand phone, copy of your passport’s photo ID page, spare batteries, Lens, light rain coat/ Poncho, Binoculars, Small Towel, Swimwear, Day Bag, anything else you can not do without.
No, not here but you will at Matang WLC
Yes, you can at Matang but without a guide, you will miss so much more.
Severn hours in total
Yes, you can as long as it is being used for personnel use only.
No, not at this time.
Yes, you can but only if when you are at the rest stops.
Yes, you can, from the small café/ shop within the park but please be sensitive with your rubbish, please bring it back with you and dispose of it in the correct manner.
Yes, toilets are at the café and shop area and the HQ at both places.
Kubah NP, is more famous for its array of bird species although quite a bit of wildlife lies tucked away in the safety of the Jungles wooden fortress.
Below is a list of birds you may find given the time of day/year/ weather.
Blue-banded Pitta, Bornean Blue-flycatcher, Bornean Bristlehead, Bornean Ground Babbler, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Bornean Black-magpie, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Red-naped Trogan, Diard’s Trogon, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Banded Kingfisher, Red-crowned Barbet, Red-throated barbet, Rufous Piculet, Grey-&-buff woodpecker, Green Broadbill, Banded broadbill, Blue-winged Leafbird, Grey-bellied bulbul, Scaly-breasted Bulbul, Rufous-tailed Shama, Chestnut-naped forktail, Grey-headed babbler, White-necked Babbler, Large-billed blue-flycatcher, Asian paradise Flycatcher, Grey-breasted jungle-flycatcher, Mangrove whistle, Scarlet-breasted flowerpecker, Crimson sunbird, Crested jay, Reddish scops Owl, Blyth’s Frogmouth & etc
Just 90 minutes if the traffic is in your favor.
You can book a tour with Borneo Experiences online or call into the Singgahasana Lodge in Kuching and book from there.