Batang Ai National Park
Duration 3 Days / 2 Nights
Departure daily 9 am
Price RM 1,500 per person (min. 2 persons)
The Batang Ai National Park is located about 250 km from Kuching and is home to one of the world's most endangered species, the Orang Utan. Besides that it also being home to other primates, including Bornean Gibbons, White-fronted Langurs, Maroon or Red Langurs, Long-tailed Macaques, Pig-tailed Macaques, and the nocturnal Western Tarsier and Slow Loris. Other mammals include the rare and elusive Clouded Leopard, two species of Civet Cat, Sun Bears, Bearded Pigs, Barking Deer, Sambar Deer, Mouse Deer, Martens, Weasels, Otters, Porcupines and Giant Squirrels, as well as a host of smaller squirrels, other rodents and Tree shrews. With the exception of the macaques, most of these animals are shy and hard to spot. Five of Sarawak’s eight hornbill species are found in Batang Ai, including the spectacular Rhinoceros Hornbill, Sarawak’s state bird. Ground birds include the Great Argus, Bulwer’s Pheasant, Crested and Crestless Firebacks, Crested Partridges, Garnet Pitta, Sunda Frogmouth and Nightjars. Amongst the other birds present are three species of forest Kingfisher, a number of small Kites and Hawks. Besides being home to many other protected wildlife, this park is also a water catchments area to Sarawak's only artificial lake. This huge lake stretches up the Engkari and Ai valleys. The dam is part of the Batang Ai Hydro-Electricity Complex. Beyond the artificial lake, more than an hour's boat ride upriver from the dam, visitors can see beautiful lowland mixed dipterocarp forest, with drooping trees overhanging the rivers. River transport is the main mode of communication here. The rivers are fast flowing, clear and very refreshing. During dry periods, the water level gets quite low and visitors have to help push their boats upstream - an enjoyable experience. Another major attraction upriver is the Iban longhouses. Visitors can get to experience the authentic longhouse atmosphere as most of the longhouse dwellers still practice their traditional lifestyle. At the moment, the National Parks does not have any visitor facilities yet. The visitor will have to stay at the nearby longhouse. There are five trails in Batang Ai which showcase every aspect of the park’s terrain and vegetation, such as mixed dipterocarp forest, old secondary forest and active shifting cultivations areas, with ancient burial grounds scattered around the area.