Borneo Lifestyles

Orangutans

 

Borneo is one of two Islands in the world home of the the Orang Utan - the red ape, the wild man of Borneo.

Orangutans, known as wild man of the forest, have made their homes in the treetops of the Southeast Asian rainforest. Due to habitat destruction, illegal hunting and poaching, and other factors, they are now limited to the Islands of Borneo and Sumatra. This gentle ape is intelligent and shares more than 96% of the same genes structure as mankind. Orangutans have four hands to facilitate graceful movement from tree to tree, though travel on land is more awkward. Their life expectancy is 35-40 years. An adult orangutan is about 8x as strong as an adult human. Female orangutans may have 4-5 babies. These animals now only have 20% of their natural habitat left, and that is dwindling. They are on the Critically endangered species list.

Make a new friend  
         
There are two Orang Utan rehabilitation centers in Borneo. One is Sepilok, near Sandakan in Sabah.      
The other one is Semongoh, just south of Kuching in Sarawak.    
You can easily visiting the Semongoh sanctuary as part of your city tour in Kuching or on your way to or from Batang Ai Sepilok requires a flight, but is also near Turtle Island, where you can watch sea turtles hatching and making their way out to sea, or you could attend the Kinabatangan river where Proboscis monkeys and other wild animals frequent.  
               
We had been able to offer participation as a volunteer for 4-8 weeks. Unfortunately, the wait list is nearly 2 years for Sepilok. If you are a scientist or veterinarian or are working towards your doctor's degree and are interested in programs, we have a few opportunities available in Sarawak. Contact us.    
               

 

TOURS:

SEPILOK (Sabah)

ORANG UTAN AND NATURE TOURS
4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
Tour Code: Orang Utan/01

INTRODUCTION
Orang Utan knows as the “Wild Man of Borneo”. You will find them swinging through the forest in Sepilok, the world’s largest orang utan sanctuary. In this sanctuary, orang utans that have been abandoned by their mothers, or were formerly in captivity, are rehabilitated until fit enough to be returned to the wild. Watching these charming and entertaining mammals during feeding time is a sheer delight.

DAY 1

Upon arrival at Sandakan airport,meet and transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort A guided tour to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. Trek ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to witness the Orang utan feeding at 1500hour as they swing through the trees towards the feeding platform for their food of the day. You may also encounter with Macaques, the long tailed & pig tailed Macaques.(You need to pay US$8/RM30per person for the entrance fee to the Sepilok Center) Return to reception center, to view the displays and exhibits at the Information Center. Return to the resort for dinner.

In the evening, a one hour guided night walk to the Sepilok Forest Trails to experience walking the dark to spot animals or insects. Overnight at Sepilok Nature Resort. (Dinner)

Day 2

After breakfast at 0920hour, we arrange a guided Sepilok jungle trek to the forest area of lowland forest, hill forest & fresh/salt water mangrove. An excellent opportunity to take a walk in the Borneo Rainforest. Look out for the diversity of trees, climbing plants, ferns and other plants as well as birds and insects. Sightings are also possible for orang utan, gibbons, languor, snakes and etc. The walk is quite easy until reaching the hill forest where some hills are fairly steep and if it rains, conditions for walking can be tricky. Encounters with leeches are also to be expected. Normally, arrival time at Sepilok Laut is 1200hour(we arrange packed lunch), if the journey starts at 930hour. Return by boat to Sandakan and arriving at Sepilok Nature Resort at 1400hour. Take a rest and transfer to Sepilok Rehabilitation Center. Trek ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden plank walks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 1500hour. Dinner and overnight at Sepilok Nature Resort. (Breakfast/lunch/Dinner)

Day 3

Pickup from Sepilok Nature Resort, meet & continue to Sandakan jetty for an estimated 2 hours boat journey to Sukau Riverforest Lodge along Sabah longest river, Kinabatangan with opportunity to view birds and wildlife in virgin mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitats. Late afternoon take a two hour hours river cruise using electric motor in search of some of the 10 primate species including Proboscis monkeys as they settle down on treetops along the Kinabatangan River. Return for solar heated hot shower, candle light dinner and slide show conducted by naturalist guide. Overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 4

After breakfast, transfer by boat to Sukau Village for a short tour and return to Sandakan by boat journey. Drop off at Sandakan airport. (Breakfast)

PRICE INCLUDUES:
2 night’s accommodation at the Sepilok resort and 1 night at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. 8 meals, return transfer and boat ride. Guided tours.

PRICE EXCLUDES:
Round trip from Los Angeles to Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Sandakan)
Entrance fees at Sepilok Rehabilitation Center.

SEMENGOH (Sarawak)

Tour Name: Semenggoh Orang Utan

Duration: 3 Hours

Description: 0830hrs/1430hrs - Depart for the Semengoh Wildlife Centre located a short drive from the centre of Kuching. Observe the feeding of orangutans requiring rehabilitation. This tour to Semengoh Wildlife Centre can be arranged at your convenience either in the morning or in the afternoon, to correspond with the feeding time of the orangutans. *Note: Please note that tours to this location are arranged to coincide with the orangutan feeding times (approx 0900-0930am & 1500-1530pm). Please indicate which time is best for you. Note:These prices are subject to change at short notice. Single person:Surcharge will apply, please contact us for more information.

Includes: Tour & transfer, Entrance fees, English speaking guide. Excludes: Food & Beverages.
Excludes: Photo and video fees

Price: US$30.00 Per Person

 

Sabah Sarawak West Malaysia