Your day-by-day itinerary
Culture and Cuisine of Kuching
Upon your arrival at Kuching airport, you’ll find our driver waiting for you. He’ll take you to your hotel just a short walk away from the city’s popular riverfront. Stroll along the boulevard along with the locals in the evenings and enjoy the city’s illuminated night skyline. Kuching is a fascinating city with a great many historic buildings and colonial influences.
On the second day of your stay you will visit the Semenggoh orangutan sanctuary. The intimate Semengoh park is just an hour-drive away from Kuching where they are trained in all the survival skills for them to venture out into the wild and fend for themselves. This tour to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre can be arranged either in the morning or in the afternoon, to correspond with the feeding time of the orang-utans.
Proboscis Monkeys in Bako National Park
Today you’ll have your introduction to the jungles of Borneo. You’ll see winding rivers running through twisted rock formations, treetops that seem to shoot up into the heavens and curious monkeys jumping from branch to branch. Your guide will collect you from your hotel in Kuching and take you on the 30 minute trip to the town of Kampung Bako. Here you’ll board a boat to Bako National Park.
After you’ve checked into your accommodation you’ll find a tasty lunch waiting for you. A guide will escort you through the jungle over the next couple of days to help you find Bako’s hidden gems: from venus flytraps and mangrove forests and the unmistakeable proboscis monkeys. As you will be travelling back to the same hotel after your jungle stay, you can leave your main luggage in safe storage at the hotel, and just take with you the essentials for this overnight stay.
At Home with the Iban Headhunters
During the next few days you’ll stay with a local Iban tribe in the deepest jungles of Borneo. As soon as you arrive at the traditional longhouse you’ll experience first-hand what life is like in the tribe. You can help them look for food, prepare a meal and learn about their traditions and ceremonies. You’ll spend the next two nights in the longhouse, with a mattress on the floor and a mosquito net.
On your second day you and your guide explore the area surrounding the longhouse where wild Orang-utans are occasionally spotted. Depending on the water levels, some of your day may be spent travelling by longtail boat. After a couple of hours of moderate trekking your guide will cook you a tasty lunch at a small jungle camp in bamboo! On the third day of this trip you’ll say your goodbyes and travel to Kuching by longboat and bus.