Orangutans and Rainforests of Borneo
A small group tour led by Dr Hannah Trayford
Saturday 06 – Saturday 20 April 2019
Dr Hannah Trayford
This tour is led by Dr Hannah Trayford has been working with, and studying primates since 2004. Her main focus has been with primates in Borneo and Sumatra, with a particularly passion and interest in orangutans. She has completed three degrees with orangutans as her main focus, including a Masters from the University of Oxford, and her doctorate from the University of Cambridge. Her work focused on the intrinsic link between welfare and conservation by assessing the rehabilitation process for displaced orangutans at multiple rescue centres. She has also provided education and training workshops to project staff to improve welfare standards of animals in their care, conducted conservation education for adults and children, and presented her work at several conferences, including as an invited speaker. Dr Trayford is now an independent Animal Welfare and Conservation Consultant.
Kuala Lumpur • Kuching • Bako National Park • Matang wildlife centre & Kubah National Park • Tanjung Datu National Park • Telok Melano & Telok Serabang • Kuching & Sematan • Bengoh Village & Kuching • Nanga Jambu • Enseluai Waterfall • Nanga Jambu • Kuching • London
(Meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Saturday, 06 April
To Kuching via Kuala Lumpur
Fly on Malaysian Airlines MH 3 to Kuching via Kuala Lumpur, departing from London Heathrow at 1000 hrs.
Sunday, 07 April
Kuala Lumpur & Kuching
Arrive Kuala Lumpur Airport at 0700 hrs before boarding your onward flight to Kuching on Malaysian Airlines MH 2504 at 0840 hrs. The flight will arrive in Kuching, Sarawak’s vibrant capital, at 1025 hrs. On arrival you will be met by your tour leader and transfer to the Basaga Holiday Residences for three nights stay.
This boutique hotel is set in luscious tropical gardens. You’ll certainly want to take a cooling dip in the outdoor pool, and perhaps enjoy a drink in the bar before meeting fellow guests for welcome dinner. B L D
Monday, 08 April
Bako National Park
Rising early, you will drive directly to the Bako National Park for a day of trekking in the jungle. The perfect introduction to Sarawak’s forests, the park has a significant population of proboscis monkeys, as well as silvered langurs, long-tailed macaques, Bornean bearded pigs, and monitor lizards. There are also more than 150 species of birds. B L D
Tuesday, 09 April
Matang Wildlife Centre & Kubah National Park
The Matang Wildlife Centre occupies 180 ha of lowland forest in a corner of the Kubah National Park. The middle of the jungle might seem like an odd place for a zoo, but that’s because it’s also an important centre where wildlife can be rehabilitated and released. The surroundings need to be as close to their natural habitats as possible.
The main attraction at Matang are the orangutans, many of whom have been seized from poachers and people keeping them as pets. They are learning how to fend for themselves in the wild, under the rangers’ careful watch.
Other animals you will see in the centre include sun bears, sambar deer, civet cats, and Bornean gibbons. There are four jungle trails to explore through the centre, each one taking one to four hours to complete.
After lunch, you will travel further afield within the Kubah National Park, including to some spectacularly unspoilt areas of wilderness. Trekking through the jungle along trails, which are not too strenuous, you will upon waterfalls and bathing pools. The birds are a particular highlight: Kubah is known for its hornbills and sea eagles, plus large numbers of fly catchers, kingfishers, and barbets. In the evening, you will return to Kuching. B L D
Wednesday, 10 April
Tanjung Datu National Park
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel, and then drive approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Sematan town. You will arrive here in time for lunch and then board a boat to ride across the waters to Tanjung Datu National Park by boat. The boat ride is will take around an hour, depending on the sea conditions, and you will arrive in the bay of Telok Upas, walking the short distance to the park HQ.
Your first excursion within the park this afternoon will a guided hike along the view point trails, followed by a visit to the turtle hatchery to learn about the important conservation work undertaken there. You will then have ample free time to relax on the beach or go swimming.
In the evening, dinner will be at the park HQ. Once darkness has fallen, guides will take you back out into the park to spot nocturnal wildlife such as wild boar, sambar and mouse deer, and civet cats. The night will end with a walk along the shore to see if any turtles have come onto the beach to nest.
You will spend the night in the Tanjung Datu National Park Hostel. B L D
Thursday, 11 April
Telok Melano & Telok Serabang
After breakfast, this morning will begin with a jungle trek along the 2.7 km long Pasir Antu Laut trail. Enjoy the forest scenery and keep a look out for wildlife: it is possible to spot gibbons, banded langurs, and hornbills. You will take a break midway along the trail at a small stream, then continue through the pristine forest to Antu Laut Beach for a swim. From the trail there is also a track leading to the park’s main turtle beach; admire the views where the rainforest runs right down to the coast, then return to the park HQ for late lunch.
It’s a short boat ride from the Tanjung Datu to Telok Melano, where you will walk through rubber and cocoa plantations and a pepper garden to your destination, Telok Serabang. There you will be free to explore the peaceful beach, witness the sunset or take a swim. Dinner will be served at the village lodge, and after dark you will take a short walk to see the fireflies.
Tonight you will stay in Telok Serabang Guest House. B L D
Friday, 12 April
Kuching & Sematan
Today you will have a lazy morning for breakfast, relaxing on the beach, and swimming. You will board the boat back to Sematan around 11 am, then drive to Kuching and check in once again at Basaga Holiday Residences. The remaining part of the day will be at leisure. B L D
Saturday, 03 April
Day 8 is an occasion for great excitement: you will be kayaking in the rainforest! Nothing beats paddling down the river surrounded by beautiful scenery, passing by a succession of small and idyllic villages. Stopping for a traditional Bidayuh lunch in Danu is a memorable moment: you’ll be treated to all manner of local delights, including bamboo chicken and rice wrapped in wild leaves.
From the village, a 20 minute boat ride across a magnificent lake will glide you through lush greenery and past a mountainous backdrop to the foothills of Kampung Sting, a resettled Bidayuh village. Here you will alight from the boat and climb the hill, generously rewarded by the breathtaking view of the Bengoh Dam. Your homestay is at this dramatic geographical highpoint: check in, rest, relax ,and enjoy the setting sun as it slowly disappears behind the mountains. Dinner will be served by the family; it’s a pleasure to sit and eat together. B L D
Sunday, 14 April
This morning you will wake up to the crowing of a multitude of cockrels in the village. As the sun rises, be sure to catch a glimpse of Bengoh Lake as the mist begins to lift.
Eat a hearty breakfast to prepare yourself for a day of adventure: a day long hike to the majestic falls of Kling and Susung. This route brings you through lush secondary forests, fruit orchards, and cocoa and pepper plantations. You will also see how the villages are powered when you pass underground rivers and small waterfalls along the way, and wlill cross a bamboo bridge.
The first waterfall you will reach is the three tiered Kling Falls. Take a dip in the cooling waters whilst your guide prepares lunch, then eat in the most glorious natural surroundings. After lunch, proceed to the thunderous falls of Susung for a photo session or another dip in the nearby pools. B L D
Monday, 15 April
Bengoh Village & Kuching
There will be a leisurely start to today, and you will then transfer back to Kuching by road and check in at Basaga Holiday Residences. The rest of the day will be at leisure. B L D
Tuesday, 16 April
The drive from Kuching to Batang Ai is 166 miles, passing through scenic countryside consisting of quaint little towns, villages, paddy fields, pepper and palm oil plantations interspersed with secondary and virgin jungle. It’s a slow but attractive journey, with plenty to see through the windows of the air conditioned coach.
You will stop for lunch at Lachau, a small town on the way. When you arrive in the afternoon at Lubok Antu, you will board a native long boat and cross Hydro Lake, before entering one of its tributaries, the Batang Ai River. Continuing to sail up river, you will reach the Nanga Jambu Longhouse Retreat, your atmospheric home for the next three nights. B L D
Wednesday, 17 April
You’re guaranteed a restful night at the longhouse, which is built in a traditional style. Waking refreshed, you’ll have breakfast and then depart for Enseluai Waterfall. The trek through the jungle in this area is glorious, and you stand a good chance of seeing orangutan and their nests. Lunch will be a picnic in the forest, and in the afternoon you will hike back to the longhouse. B L D
Thursday, 18 April
On Day 13 there is more opportunity for jungle trekking. Spotting orangutan will no doubt be your priority, but the knowledgeably local guides will also enthuse you about the forest’s birdlife and other notable species. The hornbill population is especially important: 20% of the world’s hornbill species are found here, including the rhinoceros and great hornbill. B L D
Friday, 19 April
Today will start with a leisurely sail down the river by longboat, admiring the scenery and looking at the lively small villages along the riverbank. You’ll then transfer from the river to road, returning overland to Kuching. Lunch will be served en route, and your accommodation for your final night in Borneo will be at the Basaga Holiday Residences. B L D
Saturday, 20 April
To London via Kuala Lumpur
It will be an early departure from Kuching, but the hotel is well situated for a swift and easy transfer. You will board Malaysian Airlines MH 2547 at 0545, transfer through Kuala Lumpur, and arrive in London at 1525 the same day, local time. B
Basaga Holiday Residences
Discover a unique stay at Basaga Holiday Residences. Basaga is set amongst a few acres of luscious tropical gardens which offer you a peaceful and comfortable environment. Basaga offers one of the best holiday accommodation options in Kuching with the best value for money. The 32 rooms and the Basaga Suite are well appointed with en-suite bathrooms* and are serviced daily by the cheerful and friendly housekeeping staff. Guests of all room categories will also have full access to the facilities at Basaga.
Tanjung Datu National Park – Hostel (2 single beds in one room)
On the western most tip of Sarawak’s coastline lies Tanjung Datu, one of Sarawak’s smallest National Parks. Tanjung Datu is beautiful and has been called the ‘Heaven of Borneo’ by some visitors, but is only accessible by boat. Park accommodation consists of forest hostel (4 bedrooms with 2 single beds), There is no canteen or other visitor facilities and your guides will carry your food and drink for your stay. Accommodation facilities at Tanjung Datu National Park are basic. Mattresses, bedding and mosquito netting are provided. There are showers and flush toilets at the park HQ.
Telok Serabang Homestay – Common space and no individual accommodation
Telok Serabang is located in Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo on the island of Borneo. The village is also blessed with all the beauty, charm and attractions of tropical paradise. The Homestay Programme provides tourist/guest an 'memorable stay' with the welcoming hosts and an opportunity of enjoying nature at its best! Accommodation at Telok Serabang is in a wood and bamboo house. Mosquito nets are provided.
Bengoh Valley (Kampung Sting) Home Stay Common space and no individual accommodation
Kampung Sting is the home to 4 Bidayuh Villages and the Bengoh Dam offering visitors a true nature retreat with many activities . The homestay experience offers basic common space accommodation with shared toilets. All meals and mosquito netting are provided.
Nanga Jambu Longhouse - Common space and no individual accommodation
Jambu is a relatively small community with just 8 families, it is the most isolated community on the Delok River. Your stay at the Jambu Longhouse will be in a Common space/Open area. Meals are freshly cooked by your hosts. Please note the long house has basic accommodation standards. Mosquito nets are provided.
- How to Book this Tour
- Travel Insurance
- International flights with Malaysian Airlines
- Accommodation at selected hotels with full board meals included
- All transportation by private air conditioned vehicle, long tail boats for all included sightseeing
- Services of local English speaking naturalist guides
- Water & cool towels on vehicle during tour
- Tips & gratuities for guides, drivers and hotel staff.
Cost does not include:
Travel Insurance. You can obtain a competitive price for travel insurance from
Travel & General see link to Travel Insurance
Camera/video entrance fees if applicable
- Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
- To book this tour , please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £500.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.
- If you wish to join the tour and fly from any country other than United Kingdom please contact us for land only arrangements.
It is essential to have adequate insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.
- It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
- It provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
- It covers you for all activities.
- Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
- Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency contact numbers with you.
- If you are making multiple trips we recommend that you take a yearly travel insurance policy.