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SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO
KUCHING : NATURE & NATIONAL PARKS - Bako National Park
 
 

BAKO NATIONAL PARK

KUCHING DISTRICT

 

Unlike some national parks, visitors to Bako are almost guaranteed to see wildlife. Long-tailed macaque monkeys and silver leaf monkeys are ever present, wild boar are often found rummaging around the park HQ, squirrels and monitor lizards are also common.

 
 
 

The Bako National Park is located on the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula, at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching Rivers. It was established in 1957 and is the oldest national park in Sarawak. Covering an area of 2,727ha, it is relatively small compared to some of the other parks in the state, but what it lacks in size is more than made up for by the sheer diversity of its natural attractions. For starters, there is its coastline of steep cliffs and rocky headlands, made more picturesque by a myriad of fantastic arches and sea stacks displaying striking patterns formed over the millennia by iron deposition. Bako also contains much of the plant life existing in Borneo, which is only natural since it has over 25 distinct types of vegetation from seven complete ecosystems: beach vegetation, cliff vegetation, heath forest, mangrove forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, grasslands and peat swamp forest.

 

These ecosystems are easily explored via a well-maintained network of colour-coded trails. These range from easy strolls, such as the 30-minute Tanjung Sapi trail, to fullday treks, like the Teluk Limau trail. The Tanjung Sapi trail is a steep climb through cliff vegetation and offers excellent views of Telok Assam, the South China Sea and Santubong. The Teluk Limau trail takes six to seven hours, passing through verdant rainforest, scrubland and swamp forest. The trail traverses a number of hilly sections that afford excellent views of the whole of the Muara Tebas peninsula.

 

Throw in the white sandy beaches and the abundant wildlife, and you have the perfect setting for a truly amazing rendezvous with nature. There is every chance of seeing the rare and unusual proboscis monkeys on trails such as Teluk Paku and Teluk Delima, particularly if you go late afternoon. You are more likely to see wildlife if you quietly follow the trails and keep listening. For example, you?ll probably hear the crash of vegetation before you are able to locate a proboscis monkey high up in the forest canopy.

 

 
NOTE:

At any given time some of Bako?s long distance trails are temporarily closed to trekkers. This is done for conservation reasons so that an area is left totally undisturbed for a fixed period of time. Please check with the National Parks & Wildlife booking office if you wish to know which particular trails are closed.

 
 
MAGNIFICENT FLORAL
 

Plant life thrives in Bako National Park, so expect to find the unusual ? carnivorous plants like Pitcher plants, Sundews and Bladderworts. Other plant life includes cliff and heath forests, mangrove forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, grasslands and peat swamp forest. And the best part is, most of these plant species, as well as the animals, are found close to the park office at Teluk Assam. Bako?s plant life is both beautiful, and readily accessible. All the trails have a great variety of vegetation, from mighty 80-metre dipterocarps to dense mangrove forest. Carnivorous pitcher plants are found on the Lintang trail. Bako also has some good white sand beaches that provide perfect resting spots in between jungle treks. Teluk Pandan Kecil is perhaps Bako?s best beach. After an hour or so the Telok Pandan Kecil trail comes to a rocky headland. The view down to a beautiful secluded bay, and the thought of a swim in the cool waters, has a magical effect on tired calf muscles. The following 20 minute descent suddenly becomes more enjoyable.

 
 

 

All of the beaches are bordered by limestone and sandstone cliffs, and the action of the sea has left some remarkable rock formations, such as the famous Sea Stack. If you take a stroll at sunset on Teluk Assam beach near the park HQ, you will see hundreds of swifts hovering around their nests at the rocks at the far end of the beach. Don?t leave the beach after the sun disappears behind Mount Santubong. Wait another 20 minutes as the sky?s colours often change dramatically, providing a colourful backdrop to the mountain.

 
 
MAMMALS & REPTILES
 

 

Although endemic to Borneo, the endangered Proboscis monkey is found in only a few locations on this vast island, and one of them is the Bako National Park. Proboscis monkeys move about the forest or mangroves in small groups, and the best times to spot them is early in the morning or before dusk. They are a delight to watch, and a jungle encounter with them is the highlight of any visit to Bako. Other animals include long-tailed macaques, silver langur, monitor lizards, plantain squirrels, Bornean bearded pigs, and otters. There are also a number of lizard and snake species. Having been a protected area for such a long time, the animals here are less wary of humans. But beware of the overly ?friendly? macaques, which tend to raid dustbins and kitchens in the resthouses or steal food or an unguarded bag.

 
 
BIRDS

Bird watchers can expect a field day, as 190 species of feathered creatures have been recorded here. Creatures of the night include the flying lemur, pangolin, mouse deer, various species of fruit eating and insect-eating bats, tarsier, slow loris and Palm civet.

 
 
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
 
  • Proboscis monkeys and other interesting wildlife

  • Jungle streams

  • Waterfalls

  • Beaches

  • Pitcher plants

  • Sundews and Bladderworts

  • Jungle trekking

  • Bird watching

 
 
ACCOMMODATION
 

Prices shown exclude 5% government service tax. All rooms have fans. Accommodation consists of ?Type 5? Forest Lodges (2 rooms with 3 single beds each, shared bathroom) at RM 150 per house or RM 100 per room; ?Type 6? Forest Lodges (2 rooms with 2 single beds each, attached bathroom) at RM 75 per house or RM 50 per room, and Hostel Rooms (4 beds) at RM 40 per room or RM 15 per person. The Campsite is RM 5 per person. Be careful of the monkeys - they are compulsive thieves. Bako is very popular, especially at weekends, so it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance.

 
 
THE PARK HQ
 

Upon arrival visitors must register at the Park HQ. There is an information centre, canteen and shop at the Park HQ. The information centre shows films and slide shows on Bako?s wildlife, and has full details of all the trails and what to look out for. The canteen serves a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals (fried rice, noodles etc.).

 
 
 

 
 
GETTING THERE
 

Petra Jaya bus No.6 and regular minibuses (see Travel Connections) go to Kampung Bako, a picturesque fishing village. Taxi fare is RM 70 one-way. From there you have to charter a boat to the Park HQ from the booth at the jetty. The one-way fare is RM 80 per boat (up to 5 people). The boat ride is an adventure in itself, with the skilled and experienced boatmen riding the surf at high speed, to the delight of most visitors. For many people, this is where Borneo really starts! If you have to wait at Kampung Bako for a bus, or for the tide to rise, there is a good seafood restaurant near the jetty that also serves snacks and drinks.

 
 
 
 
KUCHING : NATURE & NATIONAL PARKS - Bako National Park
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO