Bako National Park

Seven distinct ecosystems, an extensive jungle trail system plus superb wildlife viewing opportunities make Bako National Park the perfect introduction to Sarawak’s forests and wildlife. Bako covers an area of 27 sq km and is readily accessible from Kuching. Despite its relatively small size, at Bako it is possible to view nearly every type of vegetation found in Borneo.  The different ecosystems of Bako National Park – mixed dipterocarp forest, mangrove forest, beach vegetation, cliff vegetation, Kerangas or heath forest, padang or grasslands and peat swamp forest – are accessible via a network of trekking trails and plankwalks. Bako is one of the best places in Malaysia for wildlife experiences. It is Sarawak’s oldest national park and was gazetted in 1957. The animals at Bako are therefore used to humans. As a result visitors are almost guaranteed to see wildlife. Commonly seen wildlife includes the proboscis monkey which is endemic to Borneo, silver-leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, monitor lizards, bearded pigs and a variety of birdlife. Although it is possible to see much of what Bako National Park has to offer in a day trip, an overnight stay is highly recommended.

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