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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