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Bako National Park is the oldest national park in Sarawak. It covers an area of roughly 27 sqkm at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula and the mouth of the Bako and Kuching Rivers.

Millions of years of erosion of the underlying sandstone have created a dramatic coastline of steep cliffs, rocky headlands, sea arches and stacks, and stretches of white, sandy bays.

Bako can only be reached by water, a 20-minute boat ride from Kampung, and is easily visited as a day-trip from Kuching. Although the park is small it is extremely interesting, having rainforest, abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, fascinating plant life and secluded beaches. A well-maintained network of sixteen colour-coded walking trails, offers a range of routes from easy forest strolls to full-day jungle treks.

Almost every type of plant life found in Borneo is contained here, with over 25 distinct types of vegetation from seven complete ecosystems. The diverse plant life includes a variety of carnivorous plants – pitcher plants, sundews, bladderworts, and Bako is home to approximately 150 endangered proboscis monkeys, endemic to Borneo. Other animals include long-tailed macaques, silvered langur, monitor lizard, squirrels, Bornean bearded pigs, and otters. Bako is also a fascinating place for bird watching, with over 150 species recorded. Bako’s nocturnal creatures include the flying lemur, pangolin, mouse deer, various species of fruit eating and insect eating bats, tarsier, slow loris, and palm civet.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: long-tailed macaque, mouse deer, proboscis monkey, silvered langur, slow loris
  • Where: Sarawak State, Borneo

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Sarawak - Walk on the Wild Side

This itinerary includes Bako National Park, where a network of trails allows you to explore the forest at dawn and dusk to view its proboscis monkeys and varied birdlife. The highlight, however, is a three-day jungle trek in search of wild orangutan, and a visit to a traditional Iban longhouse.

  • When to go: Apr-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,645 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Festival of Wildlife: Iban & National Parks Extension

This 7-day extension to Sarawak includes excursions to Bako and Talang-Satang National Parks to see orangutan, proboscis monkey and the rare Irawaddy dolphin. Head to a remote jungle lodge in the interior for more wildlife encounters and a chance to meet the local Iban community.

  • When to go: Jun
  • Duration exc. flights: 7 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £1,495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Sabah & Sarawak Adventure

Search for the wildlife of the interiors amongst the dense jungle and remote rivers of Sabah & Sarawak. Designed to introduce you to the area's top eco-destinations, highlights include a visit to a headhunter tribe, watching orangutans in Sepilok, and Tabin Reserve, home to some of Borneo’s unique species.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea