Mist rising from tropical forest after rainstorm at Batang Ai National Park, Borneo
Vacations to Batang Ai National Park, Borneo
Batang Ai National Park is an area of rainforest in Sarawak. It’s a four-hour drive from Kuching to Batang Ai Jetty, after which you take a two hour boat ride to the heart of the park. Once you get there, another world awaits you. It’s reputed to have the highest density of wild orangutans in central Borneo, but you’ll also find gibbons, langurs and hornbills here.
The remote villages within the jungle are home to local Iban families, living in longhouses. You’ll witness their culture and lifestyle, and could have the opportunity to have lunch with them to learn more about their way of life. They use the trees to build their homes and eat about 150 varieties of wild fruit and vegetables found in the rainforest.
There are marked trails you can follow with a guide to explore Batang Ai National Park. Some are trickier and longer than others, so know what you’re letting yourself in for before you set off. The Padalai trail is the simplest (and shortest). You’ll hike for a little under two kilometers, passing by an Iban burial ground before following the path of the Batang River and descending to the top of the Wong Padalai rapids. All the while you’ll hear the jungle animals whooping, calling, rustling and croaking around you. The terrain sustains an abundance of wildlife, from those incredible orangutans to gibbons, rare clouded leopards and all manner of exotic birds and frogs.
Home to wild orangutans
See how Iban families live
Adventurous jungle trails