Immerse yourself in the unique traditions of the Bidayuh culture and be amazed by the fascinating wildlife!
To kickstart our adventure, we will visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to observe and learn more about the incredible Orangutan. Found in the rainforest of Malaysian Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak), Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan) and North Sumatra, the Orangutan is one of the world’s largest tree-dwelling primates. These elusive primates are considered an endangered species and are protected by international law. Deforestation, human encroachment on their habitat, indiscriminate hunting and the live animal trade are all factors that have precipitated a decline in their numbers, leaving only an estimated 20-27,000 Orangutans left in the wild. These endangered great apes are our closest relatives, sharing almost 97% of our human DNA.
Aside from watching them delightfully tucking into their daily meals during feeding hours, take a short trek into the jungle where you will get a chance to observe these playful primates in their element. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of female Orangutans nursing their child with love and care, not unlike our mothers when we were younger. Try spotting a myriad of colourful birds such as the Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Blue-winged Leafbird and more at the lush, leafy sanctuary.
From there, our journey continues with an informative tour to the Annah Rais Longhouse set amidst the backdrop of a majestic forest. As one of the largest tribes in Sarawak, this presents the perfect opportunity to have close-up encounters with the tribe. The Bidayuh people are known for their prowess with bamboo so much so that they are affectionately called the ‘Engineers of Bamboo’. Keep your eyes peeled on your surroundings as the journey will take you past the countryside; dotted with paddy fields, cocoa plantations, pepper vineyards and old rubber plantations. The final leg of your journey will take you through a road surrounded by lush jungle foliage and primary rainforests which are truly sights to behold.
Upon arrival, we will be greeted ceremoniously with a cup of rice wine by the natives. Discover the importance of the longhouse in the life and times of the Sarawakian Land Dayaks (Bidayuh) and really connect with the indigenous people. Admire their simplistic lifestyle and their ingenious methods of making the best of whatever nature provides them—winnowing, basket weaving and rice pounding—to get by. Be adventurous and explore the longhouse; take a peek at the human skulls kept at the “head-house”, or more commonly known as “baruk”—the most unique and important structure of the Bidayuh. Away from urbanisation, this feels like a different epoch but may foster a deeper appreciation for the simple way of life.
Next on our adventure, we will be heading to Malaysia’s one and only crocodile museum and perhaps the largest captive crocodile breeding farm. Jong’s Crocodile Farm is set amidst a picturesque backdrop of tall tropical trees, lush vegetation and fruit trees. A sanctuary for over a thousand crocodiles bred in captivity, it is more than just a crocodile farm; it houses numerous rare species of birds and animals, ranging from monkeys, leopard-cats, sun bears to even fruit bats, peacocks and hornbills. Somewhat akin to a zoo, the farm is also the playground of the Amazonian Arapaima, ranked among the world’s largest freshwater fishes. Learn more about the conservation efforts for the fearsome crocodiles at the Crocodile Museum and stand in awe of these modern dinosaurs, as they exhibit agility and strength, leaping as high as three metres above water to snag a piece of meat during feeding hours—the farm’s most popular attraction.
Once we are all done gawking at the fascinating crocodiles, we will conclude our journey and your transport will be ready to take you back to the city.