Sarawak holiday, wildlife adventure
Description of Sarawak holiday, wildlife adventure
Discover wildlife-rich Sarawak on this 15-day tailor-made holiday. Kuching, the compact cosmopolitan capital of Sarawak, is a great starting point with its outdoor café culture and waterfront promenade.
Explore remote Tanjung Datu National Park which boasts pristine waters and thriving coral reefs, a jungle landscape which reaches almost to the ocean and a role as an important marine nesting site for Green and Olive Ridley turtles. Enjoy hiking trails and night safaris in search of nocturnal wildlife and the nesting turtles.
Journey by traditional longboat into Batang Ai National Park to spend time with the remote Iban communities. Spend time learning about their way of life while also exploring a natural environment rich in animal and bird life including wild nesting orang-utans. Take a dip in the cooling waters of the Enseluai waterfall and enjoy a tasty riverside BBQ lunch prepared by your Iban boatman. Sample a glass of two of their fiery rice wine and chat to Iban tribespeople over dinner on the communal longhouse verandah.
Please note: this holiday is only available between April - September. Tanjung Datu National Park is not accessible during monsoon months of December to February.
|Day 1||Fly to Kuching.|
|Day 2||Land Kuching. Transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure.|
|Day 3||Depart Kuching and drive to Tanjung Datu National Park, one of the smallest and most stunning parks in Sarawak boasting pristine waters and often empty beaches. Take a boat for about an hour into the park and enjoy the afternoon free at leisure to relax or explore various walking trails. This evening head out on a night safari in search of nocturnal wildlife before exploring the turtle nesting beach for signs of nesting turtles. (B/L/D)|
|Day 4||This morning head out to walk the Pasir Antu Laut trail passing forest scenery and searching for wildlife as you go: gibbons, banded langurs and hornbills are sometimes seen along the path. Arrive at the beach and enjoy a swim and admire the pretty boulder strewn beach before returning to Park HQ. Enjoy a late lunch and the remainder of today at leisure: why not enjoy snorkelling near Telok Upas or explore further jungle trails. After dark and dinner at Park HQ head out once more to look for laying turtles. (B/L/D)|
|Day 5||Enjoy breakfast this morning and time at leisure. Board the boat and return to the nearby village of Sematan for lunch and drive back to Kuching. Enjoy the evening at leisure, Kuching has a lovely waterfront promenade perfect for an early evening stroll. (B/L)|
|Day 6||Depart Kuching this morning and drive to Batang Ai National Park. En-route enjoy a brief stop at a local bazaar for a stroll around the shops and lunch. Board a traditional longboat and journey into the park and onwards to Nanga Sumpa Lodge. Settle in for dinner and spend time with your Iban hosts. (B/L/D)|
|Day 7||This morning head out with your Iban boatman to visit the small longhouse community of Jambu locate d a short 30-minute boat ride upriver from Nanga Sumpa. This is the most isolated community on the river. Continue upriver to Enseluai waterfall and enjoy a cooling swim in the waterfall pool followed by a riverside BBQ prepared by your Iban hosts. Return to the lodge for dinner and more time with the Iban people. (B/L/D)|
|Day 8||Enjoy free time this morning to relax, swim or take a final jungle walk near the lodge. This area is an important orang-utan nesting site so do keep watch for the rustling of treetops which could signify a 'celebrity' visitor! Return via longboat after lunch and onwards to Kuching. Evening free at leisure. (B/L)|
|Day 9||This morning will be spent visiting Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. This is one of just 4 orang-utan rehabilitation centres in the world and is doing crucial work in conserving the last remaining orang-utan populations of Borneo. Enjoy watching the semi-rehabilitated orang-utans enjoy a good meal before returning to their treetop hideouts. Return to the city for lunch and a tour of compact Kuching city. (B/L)|
|Day 10||Drive to Kuching airport and fly to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Land and drive to the popular Rasa Ria Resort for some time to relax on the beach. (B)|
|Days 11-14||Days at leisure to relax or take advantage of the resort facilities which includes the 64-acre nature reserve. (B)|
|Day 15||Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)|
PlanetOn this Borneo holiday you will visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, located in Semenggoh Nature Reserve, which is home to a community of orangutans and other wildlife which have been found injured, orphaned or kept illegally as pets. The Centre works hard to educate the local and international community on the importance of preserving the regions indigenous wildlife but also to rehabilitate the animals back into their natural environments. The Centre has had such an amazing success rate and is now working in conjunction with Matang Wildlife Centre, in Kubah National Park, to coordinate the wider release of the animals. This important work is done with the help of donations and entrance fees to the centre paid on your behalf by our local agents.
This trip also stays in Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort which offers an involved corporate social responsibility scheme split between EMBRACE and SANCTUARY. Sanctuary focuses on their nature project and centres on their nature reserve, the Rasa Ria Resort Nature Interpretation Centre. The centre has worked closely with the Sabah Wildlife Department for almost 20 years and is responsible for the first stage care of orphaned and injured orangutans, which usually lasts between 4 and 5 years, before they are transferred to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre near Sandakan for their onward care and release.
To date, 39 young orangutans have been rehabilitated and transferred to Sepilok and the centre has been responsible for the education of nearly 10,000 school children and of course countless hotel guests and other visitors. The Rasa Ria Resort also recently donated and sponsored a fully modified 4WD vehicle to the Sabah Wildlife Department. The Rapid Response Wildlife Enforcement Unit has been set up to address illegal wildlife poaching and killings in Sabah state and this 4WD donation will go some way to helping address the problem.
Embrace focuses on community work within the region. The resort has been sponsoring two secondary schools located in close proximity to the resort, SMK Sri Nangka and SMK Tamparuli (Special Education Centre), since 2012. Apart from scholarships, various educational support and the improvement of facilities and health support, the resort also provides skills training for sustainable futures.
The “A Meal a Day” programme was launched and established by the resort to provide meals to students from underprivileged, single parent and low income family backgrounds. Twenty students of SMK Sri Nangka were selected for this programme.
The resort also has their own bottling plant where they supply pure still water to all guestrooms and outlets. Since its implementation, there has been a reduction of up to 420,000 plastic bottles! Since February 2013 the resort has been composting waste in an attempt to convert it to something beneficial, as fertilizer for the gardens. Waste water from guestrooms is channelled to the resort’s own sewage treatment plant where the water is treated and used to water the golf course.
PeopleOur local Borneo ground agents employ only local guides and drivers thereby keeping all moneys paid to staff in the local community. They own and run the jungle lodge used on the trip, Nanga Sumpa Lodge. The lodge was built in conjunction with the local Ulu tribe and roles are fulfilled by the Ulu tribes-people including boat transfers and lodge staff. Where possible, food served to guests at the lodges is sourced locally thereby providing an important source of income to local residents. The lodge provides excellent opportunities not only to explore the surrounding jungle reserves and search for the resident wildlife but also to learn a little about the Ulu Ai culture while generating an important source of income for the tribe.
In conjunction with Orangutan Appeal UK, for every booking to Borneo we adopt our chosen Sepilok orangutan, Gelison, in your names for a year. Orangutan Appeal UK works to support the orangutans of Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre which provides 24hr essential care for orphaned and injured orangutans with the aim to rehabilitate them into the wilds of the adjacent Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve and beyond. Funds from the adoption costs go towards funding the Centre’s work providing food, medical care and a safe refuge for the orangutans as well as being an important educational tool for visitors.