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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
This adventurous trip takes you off the beaten track to explore the jungles, rivers and villages of Sarawak. The trip starts in Kuching, the capital, where you'll have the afternoon to discover the main sights before taking the bus the next day to visit the Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Here you'll get your first taste of the jungle and its inhabitants, the orangutans, that Borneo is famous for. The first ride travels through fertile plantations on a quiet back road, with a stop for a short walk through the jungle, before arriving at the village of Annah Rais where you'll spend the second night. The next day it's off to explore the great Sarawak River by kayak and meet and learn about the local indigenous people, the Dayaks, on the way to Siniawan. With Mt. Kubah looming above, you'll cycle to the Matang Wildlife Centre for another opportunity to spend time with the endearing great apes. Spending the night in the park gives the group plenty of time to experience the amazing sights and sounds of the forest. The next day is one of the longest rides, heading beachside to Lundu, following the coastal road. This popular surfing beach is a haven for nesting turtles and the conservation centre at the hotel offers an opportunity to see and learn about these gentle creatures. Next, it's off the beaten track, riding a dirt road to the outpost of Semantan, where there will be plenty of time to relax and rejuvenate on the beach and in the ocean. The last day takes the group back to Kuching to finish the tour with a delightful cruise around the mangroves, a great way to spot dolphins, monkeys and birds indigenous to the area. The fireflies come out after sunset to give a spectacular light show for the last night's entertainment.