Borneo Highlands Kayaking & Semenggoh Orang Utan Trip ~ Kuching, Sarawak Borneo

Kayak through the rain forests between the foothills of soaring limestone mountains.

Visit a friendly Bidayuh village at Kg. Danu along the way, traverse rapids and take a swimming and lunch break on a sandy beach bank before reaching Kg. Semadang. After the kayak trip we will proceed to the Semengoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to see the orang utans at feeding time.

Trip Description


Sarawak ~ Sungai Kuching Kanan ~ roughly 40 minutes drive from Kuching city centre


8 hours (including transportation from and back to Kuching)


8.00 a.m. from hotels in the city. Unfortunately there will no pick up from Damai area. Participants will have to make your own way to Kuching city centre for pick up services.


Easy to Moderate


3 persons


Non-swimmer must be accompanied by a guide on the same kayak. We do not allow more than 1 non-swimmer per trip, children above 5 yrs old can participate as long as parents are with them


Late November until Early February, monsoon season

Borneo Highlands Kayaking & Semenggoh Orang Utan Trip

Animal and Nature Lovers

Duration: 8 Hours | 2-Way Pick Up 0800 (within Kuching Town)

Physical Rating: Average

Lunch & bottled water provided

Guided tour

Say hello to Orangutans

Kayak down Sungai Sarawak Kiri

Tour ends at Kpg. Semadang, Borneo Highlands

For more information, contact:

Tel: +60 13-804 8338 /


Tel: +60 13-811 9669 /

Please Consider Bringing along the following:

  • Any medication you may require (please inform us of your medical needs). It’s a good idea to carry any medication like an Asthma Reliever inhaler (puffer) in a waterproof bag on your person so it can be reached while paddling.
  • Sun Screen. SPF 30+
  • Insect Repellant
  • A hat or cap (that won’t blow off)
  • For those with delicate hands, gloves are advisable to prevent blisters
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes for the end of the trip
  • Camera. You’ll need either a waterproof camera or at least a disposable camera that won’t matter if it gets wet. It not a good idea to use a non-waterproof camera on the water - it’s too easy to drop one or get it splashed.
  • We’ll supply bottled drinking water and on most our trips brunch can be provided at extra cost with prior arrangements, which usually includes a sandwich and fresh local fruit and pastries (some healthy and not so healthy). Feel free to bring extra water, sports drinks or snack food if you think you might need it.No alcohol on the paddle of course.

What to wear?

In general you should wear clothing that is comfortable that you could swim in in case you were to fall in!

However DO NOT wear cotton as they do not dry well and they dissipate body heat rapidly. You can most certainly get a chill. Cotton T-shirt , jeans, pants and shorts are therefore NOT suitable kayaking wear.

Most people wear a light short sleeve shirt with shorts over a swimsuit. Some people use bike shorts or tights. On our Rainforest Trip, we will be making rest stops along the way that offers opportunities for a swim in the refreshing hill waters. On our River to Sea Kayak Trip, we’ll be stopping by a beach for a picnic break where one can go for a swim.

A wind shell (rain jacket) can be useful although we rarely find they are needed.

A wet suit is not good to paddle in as they tend to be too restrictive and you would get very hot if it’s sunny. If you don’t wear a shirt with sleeves you might also find you get some chafing from the PFD (life jacket).

Footwear - it’s important to wear footwear that you can get wet and leave on during the paddle. Old sandshoes or wet suit booties are best otherwise old runners or sports sandals. Please DO NOT try to paddle barefoot as you never know what you could step on (sharp rocks/stones, broken glasses).

Spare clothes. You will probably want to change at the end of the trip so you’ll need spare clothes, shoes and a towel.

If you would like to shower after the paddle there is a public toilet with cold water showers and changing room at Wind Cave where we take-out for the Rainforest Kayak Trip at Bau area.

*NOTE: For those who wear spectacles; you are advised to consider switching to contact lens for the trip or to ensure that your glasses are properly secured. Otherwise you may lose them if you go for an unintended swim!

The name orang utan comes from the Malay phrase Orang Utan or “man of the forest”. These primates can be found mainly in Borneo (estimated population: 22,000) and Sumatra (estimated population: 5,000).The largest tree-climbing animal in the world, the orang utan (Pongo pygaeus) is now an endangered species mainly because of the loss of habitat due to logging, agriculture, fires and hunters who often kill the mother to capture an infant to sell as pets.

In addition, these primates have a slow reproductive rate and females have only one baby every seven to eight years. Infants stay with their mothers until they are about seven or eight.

Orang utans are totally protected in Malaysia.

Unlike chimpanzees and gorillas, orang utans do not live in large social or family groups. They are semi-solitary animals. Adult males are usually found alone and adult females are generally accompanied by one or two offsprings. Adolescent orang utans are the most sociable, spending up to half of their time in small groups of two to five.

Adult males are much larger than females and often grow to 150cm in height and average 120kg in weight. Adult males also have large cheek pads and a large pouch of skin under their chin.

Orang utans eat leaves, barks, buds, stems, fruits and will occasionally eat insects, although they are mainly fruit eaters.