Discover the interesting native flora and fauna and playful Orangutans at the Kubah National Park!
When your eyes are weary from staring at concrete jungles and modern architecture, it is time to step back and declutter the mind. A visit to Kubah National Park, situated just 20 minutes away from Kuching, does all that and more! Gazetted in 1989, the park opened its doors in 1995 and has since seen a steady stream of travellers from all over the globe. The park is covered with a sandstone plateau, encompassing three mountains, the Mount Serapi, Mount Sendok, and Mount Selang. The hardened limestone formations dotting the plateau has birthed numerous stunning cascades that enrich the land, resulting in a unique biome with diverse flora and fauna.
One of the star attractions of the park includes the carnivorous pitcher plant. Intimidating as it may sound, the plant is commonly used by the natives for oral consumption as a remedy for various ailments, among which to cure fluid retention, urinary tract diseases and more. Rest assured, the pitcher plant is harmless to us but remains a menace to small invertebrates such as insects. Animals such as bearded pigs, mouse deer, squirrels and black hornbills call this park, home. Though sightings of wildlife are not guaranteed, the sight and scent of the tropical rainforest—which remains largely undisturbed—is a treat by itself!
Also situated within Kubah National Park is the Matang Wildlife Centre, a large enclosed area of rainforest that is home to rescued endangered wildlife. Their spacious enclosures house a range of wildlife which includes sambar deer, crocodiles, sun bears, civet and bear cats. There are also three large aviaries featuring the hornbills, eagles, kites, storks and a host of other bird species native to Sarawak.
Like the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Matang also has their own Orangutan adoption programme, whereby these rescued endangered primates are raised and taught to survive in the wild, in hopes of rehabilitating them back into the forest. You will be able to get an up-close and personal observation of these elusive but playful primates, especially during their feeding times.