Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia
A Proboscis Monkey in Bako NP, Sarawak. Unique and endangered. Photo by David Dennis.
Semengoh Orang Utan Sanctuary
Situated in the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, this Orang Utan Sanctuary is a rehabilitation centre for orphaned or captured orang utans. It’s wonderful to see the almost wild animals in close proximity if you are lucky (no guarantees). Bear in mind that you are only allowed to view our ginger cousins at feeding platform and with other tourists. Check opening/closing time before you go. Semengoh is 24 km from Kuching. The photo was actually taken in a sanctuary in Borneo’s other half, Sumatra.
Sarawak’s star wildlife reserve is probably Bako National Park, home to the unique proboscis monkey and many other genuinely wild lifeforms.
Sarawak Cultural Village
Located about 35km from Kuching city is this large award-winning theme park (‘living museum’) with seven ethnic houses representing Malay, Chinese, Penan and the longhouses of the Bidayuh, Iban, Orang Ulu and the Melanau. Authentically built and full of traditional crafts, tools, and other artifacts.
Worth mentioning is the growing popularity of the ‘Rainforest World Music Festival’ featuring some of world’s leading musicians and held over three days in June, annually in Kuching.