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Wilds of Sarawak by Bicycle
Borneo conjures up images of intrepid explorers, dense tropical rainforest, a dazzling array of tropical wildlife and of course, the great ape indigenous to this island, the orangutan. This week long cycling adventure takes in Kuching, the diverse, lively capital of Sarawak; orangutan rehabilitation centres where you have a chance to get up close to these engaging creatures, kayaking the languid Sarawak River, trekking along steamy jungle paths, and witnessing the birth of baby turtles on the pristine beaches. The jungle adventures are much the focus of the tour but there will also be plenty of time to mingle with the friendly, fun and fascinating local indigenous people, as the group will stay in their houses and visit their villages.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance155.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance31.1 miles
- Day 1Arrival in Kuching
You'll be met at the airport and once settled in at the hotel it's off on your favourite vehicle to explore the city. Aboard the bikes you'll visit Kuching's oldest Chinese temple and continue along the river to the Astana, visiting the residence of the Governor of Sarawak and Fort Margherita.
- Day 2Kuching – Annah Rais
An action packed day lies ahead! lThe day starts with a visit to the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, a home for injured and orphaned orangutans. You'll arrive in time for the 9:00am feeding, it's a real magical experience to see the great apes up close. After feeding time you'll go on a short transfer to the jump of point of your ride today at Panchor Dayak Hot Springs. You can also have a quick dip in the hot springs while the bikes are being prepared. The cycling today is on a fabulous back road that winds up and down, meandering around countless curves and bends. Picnic lunch will be in a village and you can take a gentle nature walk through a limestone rain forest, where, if you are lucky, you may see your first Raffelesia in bloom. These weird looking flowers are the largest in the world but beware they let off a rather nasty perfume!
From here it's just another 13 km (8mi) to Annah Rais village where the second night will be spent and the day is ended with another dip in hot springs to ease your tired legs! In the evening will be a visit to a local, traditional longhouse and for the night you are a guest at Bidayuh Homestay.
- 24.9 miles
- Day 3Annah Rais – Siniawan
After breakfast it's about an hour cycle through beautiful limestone scenery to the river. The adventure begins as you shoot out into the crystal clear waters of the Sarawak River and have a relaxing paddle downstream. You'll stop for lunch at a Dayak village and have time for a look around and learn about the myriad of local and indigenous plants that the Dayak tribe use in cooking and medicines. Then it's time to get back in the boats and glide past more stunning limestone formations and the forest clad banks of this life giving river. Jump back in the saddle for a mostly flat 29 km (18mi) ride to Siniawan. Siniawan is a one-horse town dotted with Chinese wooden houses where the locals are friendly and hospitable. The nights accommodation will be in a simple guesthouse.
- 28 miles
- Day 4Siniawan – Matang Wildlife Centre
Today it's back in the saddle for another adventurous full day. The road is flat but windy, making it an easy and fun ride. The Wind Cave Nature Reserve will be visited then you'll make your way through the ridge of Mt. Kubah until Matang Wildlife Centre is reached. You'll get a chance to see the enigmatic, rehabilitated orangutans in their natural setting for the second time. It will be an overnight stay in the park taking in the atmosphere and sleeping to the magical sounds of the forest.
- 40.4 miles
- Day 5Matang Wildlife Centre – Gunung Gading
After breakfast, prepare for a long but worthwhile ride. The route is mostly flat as you cycle along the coast to Lundu, crossing numerous creeks on narrow bridges. After a short break, a ferry will take you across the Sampadi River to an isolated windswept beach, a perfect place for a refreshing swim. Upon reaching the sleepy but friendly town of Lundu you can enjoy a delicious, local seafood lunch. From here it's just a short ride to Gunung Gading National Park where you can take a cooling dip in a waterfall or go for a quick jungle hike in search of the blooming Rafflesia. The gorgeous beach side hotel is just 14 km (9mi) away and has its own sea turtle conservation program to protect the nesting mothers. You'll get a chance to see the hatchlings and learn about these ancient creatures.
- 43.5 miles
- Day 6Gunung Gading – Semantan
After breakfast, bid goodbye to the baby turtles and head out for a ride on a dirt back road and off the beaten track to the old trading post of Semantan. The shady road follows the coast and our ride is relatively short and not too strenuous. You'll make it to the beach by lunch and after a meal in a local restaurant, the afternoon is free to enjoy the infinity swimming pool, swim in the ocean or explore the local surroundings by bike.
- 18.6 miles
- Day 7Semantan – Kuching
Enjoy your last morning by the sea and take a walk on the long beach to stretch your legs before jumping back on the bus to Kuching. The trip’s not over yet though as in the late afternoon, the group will take a cruise through the spectacular mangroves near Kuching. Keep your eyes open for proboscis monkeys, dolphins and for those of you who are “twitchers”, the exotic birds that inhabit these wetlands. The finale is just after dusk when the fireflies come out to play for your evening’s entertainment. The tour is ended with a group, celebratory dinner and tales of this unique Borneo adventure.
- Day 8Departure
Depart Sarawak for a flight back home or you can extend your stay in Borneo.