Bako National Park – visiting the Proboscis Monkeys in Borneo
The Bako National Park is one of the top National Parks in Borneo/Sarawak and was one of the best experiences we had been while we traveled through Malaysia. You will find the wild of Borneo, but it’s easy to get there, the park is near Kuching.
From deep rainforest, various beautiful beaches, mangrove forests, carnivorous plants and rocky outcrops – a journey to Bako National Park offers it all! In fact you can find nearly all kind of Borneo’s vegetation inside this area.
Additionally to the natural beauty, you are going to find plenty of wildlife in this park. A perfect place for wild-life lovers who have the possibility to see the famous big nosed monkeys – the Proboscis Monkeys in endemic inhabitant.
It was so cool to see this guy’s hanging around just next to the walking-paths. Also, you have the chance to see long-tailed macaque monkeys, silver leaf monkeys and wild boars strolling around. Keep your eyes open – we also saw some snakes inside the bushes.
We recommend to stay at least 1 or 2 nights inside the park: You will have much more time to explore the jungle trails and to make sure you have the chance to see all the wild animals around.
Beautiful sandstone cliffs and limestones are remarkable for the Bako beaches, such as the Sea Stack – an interesting rock formation. The trail-system in the park is really huge- it provides a wide range of hiking options.
Most of the animals are active in the morning and in the late afternoon – so it’s more likely to see wildlife at these times. At the beach near the National Park Head quarter we saw lots of silver leaf monkeys with their orange babies hovering around in the late afternoon.
You should definitely stay for 1 or 2 nights in one of the simple lodges. There is a National Park office in Kuching where you can do the reservation. Also you will find a basic restaurant which serves cheap food and drinks.
How to get to Bako National Park?
Take the public red bus nr.1 from Kuching (ever full hour, Square tower waterfront). The bus ride takes about 1 hour.
For protecting the wild life, the National park only can be reached by boat (20 min).
In front of the boat jetty you can buy your boat tickets and the entrance to the park.
With this fantastic scenery, the boat trip by itself was really amazing too.
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