Thursday, 30 November 2017

Jom Kitak Pergi Bako Lok! (Bako National Park, Sarawak!)

Kitak apa khabar tek?

Everybody ready to follow me on my Sarawak Adventure Day 2? LETS GO!

After enjoying glorious seafood the night before, i guess it's time for me to shed all those extra calories. Read about day 1 HERE.
So my second day in Sarawak was one that i was truly looking forward to, simply because from a very young age I have been fascinated with nature and spent quite a fair bit of time in the forest. 

There was a time when i was stationed in the dense forest of Endau Rompin National Park for almost two months, which almost resulted in me being married of to the Village Chiefs daughter. LOL.... Almost....

Anyway, back to Sarawak and Bako National Park.... 
Bako National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Borneo, it was declared a National Park way back in 1957.

The park, although fairly small in size (27.27 square kilometers) has a myriad of different flora and fauna with approximately 25 distinct types of vegetation which translate into 7 complete ecosystems.
Beach vegetation, cliff vegetation, kerangas or heath forest, mangrove forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, padang or grasslands vegetation and peat swamp forest.

Bako National Park is also home to some very rare and endangered species. One such animal is the Proboscis Monkey or as the locals call it Monyet Belanda which roughly translates as "Dutch Monkey" or "The Dutchman". There are approximately 150 of these endangered Proboscis Monkeys in Bako. These Monkeys are also endemic to Borneo.

Other species of wildlife here include the long-tailed macaque, silvered langur, plantain squirrel, Bornean bearded pig, monitor lizards, and otters.

From Kuching, it's approximately 40 kilometers to Kampung Bako followed by a 20 minute boat ride to the park office / entrance where you will have to wade from the boat to the beach.
At the beach you will be received by a large sandstone formation. These sandstone formations are formed due to hundreds or even millions of years of erosion.

Whats even more amazing is the fact that with a little imagination, you'll be able to notice things like the peninsular of Malaysia, a dancer and even a butterfly. As if it were etched into the formation.

We got ourselves registered at the park office before we were given a briefing by the ever so friendly park guide "Ijam".

Whilst he was explaining on the history and overview of the National Park, he had also mentioned that we would be lucky to see the "Proboscis Monkey". Then something AMAZING happen!!!!
Right behind where we were being briefed, a Proboscis Monkey appears as if to affirm our hopes of seeing one! It was truly an awesome moment to be able to see one up close.

After a brief photo session with our guest of honor, we set off on our excursion throughout the park (well actually only a brief trek due to time constraints)

About 200 meters into the trek, we were once again treated to a magnificent sight, what was it this time you're wondering? Well if you ask me, it kind of looks like those dwarves from "The Hobbit" lol...

There were two of them feeding of the vegetation to the left and right of our path! The bearded wild boar!

Did you know that you can event rent chalets here so that you can enjoy all that Bako has to offer? 
Yes! you can, and their not too shabby as well. 
Decent accommodation in the heart of such a beautiful place, what more could you ask for?!

Anyways, lets get back on track shall we.

Moving on, here's where it gets really interesting....

No....No.... Not this mischievous creature....

I meant the trek on towards our ultimate destination (at that point in time) Teluk Paku Beach!
The trek was somewhat a novice trek with slippery sections and some slightly steep inclines, all in all a very fun trek. Slow paced but brisk enough to break a sweat (buckets of it... lol).

I didn't take many photos at this point because the route was rather slippery and had a lot of jagged rocks, but i did however record some videos throughout with an action cam strapped to my chest (which i'll show you at the end of this.... P/s: I meant the video, not my chest ;) )

Towards the end of our trek, the weather started to change and there were really strong gusts of wind but it didn't stop us from pushing forward! Boy was it worth it! the sigh of relief as we approached what seemed to be light at the end of a tunnel.

There it was staring us in the face, such majestic beauty! The Teluk Paku beach was simply amazing!
Waves hitting the shore and a private beach surrounded by lush greenery and sandstone cliffs. It truly felt like we were a part of some National Geographic production.

Us being the "Happy Go Lucky" bunch never ever turned down a photo opportunity. So after taking a million selfie's and wefie's, it was already time for us to depart back. The weather had also changed and a downpour had already started.

Before I end my adventure for day 2, as promised here's a short video of our trip from start to finish.

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

Until next time... Bon Voyage...


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