Wilds of Sarawak by Bicycle

Day 1 Arrive in Kuching

On arrival in Kuching, we transfer to our hotel at the edge of town. Kuching is a fascinating, bustling city with a mix of old and new world cultures. In the afternoon, we have a bike fitting and take a short ride along the waterfront, where the locals gather. We stop for a visit to Tua Pek Kong Temple, Kuching's oldest Chinese temple. We continue along the river to the Astana, visiting the residence of the Governor of Sarawak and Fort Margherita, built in 1879 to guard the city against pirates, the Steamship Building, and Court House Complex. We head back to the hotel early in the evening for a welcome dinner.

Waterfront Hotel

Day 2 Kuching – Annah Rais

An action-packed day lies ahead of us! It starts with a transfer to visit Borneo's Semenggoh Nature Reserve, a haven for injured and orphaned orangutans and one of the highlights of the tour. We arrive for the 9 am feeding, where wild orangutans join their friends for a free feed - a magical experience to see these great apes up close. After feeding time, we take a very short drive to the start of our ride, Panchor Dayak Hot Springs where we have time for a quick dip while the bikes are prepared. The cycling today is on a fabulous backroad that winds up and down, meandering around countless curves and bends. It takes us through banana plantations, betel nut tree forests, rice fields, and farming villages, giving us a real feel for rural Sarawak. We stop for a picnic lunch in a village and then take a gentle nature walk through a limestone rainforest, where, if lucky, we may see our first Raffelesia in bloom. These weird looking flowers are the largest in the world, but beware, they let off a rather nasty perfume! From here, it's just another 13 km to Annah Rais, where we spend our second night, and we end the day with another dip in hot springs to ease our tired legs!

Bidayuh Annah Rais Homestay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 40km

Day 3 Annah Rais – Siniawan

We are up early today for another full day of cycling, starting with a gorgeous trip down the river paddling kayaks. After breakfast, it's about an hour cycle through beautiful limestone scenery to the river. The adventure begins as we head out into the crystal-clear waters of the Sarawak River and have a relaxing paddle downstream. This is a great way to spot the river wildlife along the banks, like kingfishers and monkeys, so keep your eyes peeled. We stop for lunch at a Dayak village and have time for a look around and learn about the myriad local and indigenous plants that the Dayak use in cooking and as medicines. Then it's back on the kayaks to glide past more stunning limestone formations and the forest clad banks of this life-giving river. We disembark from the kayaks and jump back in the saddle for a mostly flat 29-km ride to Siniawan. Siniawan is a tiny town dotted with Chinese wooden houses where the locals are friendly and hospitable. We check into a simple guesthouse and reflect on our experiences over a cold beverage.

Siniawan Heritage Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 59km

Day 4 Siniawan – Matang Wildlife Centre

Today it's back in the saddle for another full adventurous day. The road is flat but windy, making it an easy and fun ride. We visit the Wind Cave Nature Reserve with its intricate web of caves and follow the enormous sandstone ridge of Mt. Kubah on our way to Matang Wildlife Centre. Here we have our second chance to see enigmatic, rehabilitated orangutans in their natural setting. We overnight in the park, taking in the atmosphere and sleeping to the magical sounds of the forest.

Matang Wildlife Centre
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 65km

Day 5 Matang Wildlife Centre – Gunung Gading

After breakfast, we prepare for a long but worthwhile ride. The route is mostly flat as we cycle along the coast to Lundu, crossing numerous creeks on narrow bridges. After a short break, we ferry across the Sampadi River to an isolated windswept beach, a perfect place for a refreshing swim. When we reach the sleepy but friendly town of Lundu, we have a delicious local seafood lunch. From here it's just a short ride to Gunung Gading National Park, where we can take a cooling dip in a waterfall or go for a quick jungle hike in search of the blooming Rafflesia. Our gorgeous beachside hotel is just 14 km away and has its own sea turtle conservation programme that protects nesting mothers. We can see the hatchlings and learn about these ancient creatures.

Pandan Gold Coast
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 70km

Day 6 Gunung Gading – Semantan

After our own breakfast, we watch the baby turtles have theirs before we head out on a dirt backroad off the beaten track to the old trading post of Semantan. The shady road follows the coast, and our ride is relatively short and not too strenuous. We make it to the beach by lunch, and after a meal in a local restaurant, we have the afternoon free to enjoy the infinity swimming pool, swim in the ocean, or explore the local surroundings by bike.

SPB Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 30km

Day 7 Semantan – Kuching

Enjoy your last morning by the sea and take a walk on the long beach to stretch your legs before we jump on the bus back to Kuching. The trip’s not over yet – in the late afternoon, we take a cruise through the spectacular mangroves near Kuching. Keep your eyes open for proboscis monkeys, dolphins, and, for those of you who are “twitchers”, the exotic birds that inhabit these wetlands. The finale is just after dusk when the fireflies come out to play for your evening’s entertainment. We end our tour with a group celebratory dinner and tales of our unique Borneo adventure.

Waterfront Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Departure

We head home but you can continue your Borneo adventure with a trip to Mulu World Heritage Park and its giant caves or even to the wilds of Sabah in North Borneo.