HOW TO SEE SARAWAK’S WILD ORANG­UTANS

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BORNEO

Most wildlife tour op­er­a­tors visit Sabah, the north­ern part of Malaysian Borneo, to see orang­utans at lo­ca­tions such as Danum Val­ley and the Sepi­lok re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre. Yet Sarawak, the west­ern­most re­gion, has much to rec­om­mend it: huge forests, fewer vis­i­tors, spec­tac­u­lar wildlife and fas­ci­nat­ing cul­ture.

SARAWAK

Batang Ai is the best place to watch wild orang­utans in Sarawak. It’s not nec­es­sary to make a long trek into the park – many vis­i­tors get lucky even within a short walk of the ac­com­mo­da­tion at Nanga Sumpa Lodge (just across the stream from the long­house). You can book a three-day tour from the cap­i­tal Kuch­ing with Borneo Ad­ven­ture (www.bor­neoad­ven­ture.com).

TOUR OP­ER­A­TORS

Borneo Ad­ven­ture also of­fers a five-day ‘Red Ape Trail’ fea­tur­ing a more in­trepid ex­pe­di­tion to Mawang River jun­gle camp, which in­cludes trans­fers from Kuch­ing, boat travel up­river, guides and porters. Rick­shaw Travel (www.rick­shaw­travel.co.uk) of­fers an eight-day ‘Wild Heart of Borneo’ tour that takes in Batang Ai, as well as Se­meng­goh Orangutan Cen­tre, Bako Na­tional Park and Kuch­ing.

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