In Search of the Red Banded Langur in Maludam National Park
As Published in Sarawak Tourism Board Blog
The itinerary for the ‘Search for the Red Banded Langur’ in Maludam was pioneered by adventure tour company, Paradesa Borneo (One Wayang Tours Sdn. Bhd.).
The Maludam National Park is protected area, critical for the protection of the only viable population of the Red Banded Langur remaining in the world today. A visit to the national park offers glimpses at the rare monkey and some 61 other species of mammals recorded in the area.
To get to Maludam, visitors have to drive about 170 kilometers from Sri Aman, bypassing the small town of Pusa before crossing the Batang Saribas by ferry. Proceed then to Kampung Maludam till the end of the coastal road at Triso, a small village by the sea.
This three day and two-night itinerary takes advantage of the stretch of the Borneo Coastal Road, stopping by the local kampungs to experience the culture and interact with the people.
For more information on the National Park, visit the Sarawak Forestry’s website here.
Day One, Getting to Maludam
The group departed from Kuching at 8.00 am, heading for Maludan through the Semarahan Batang Sadong Bridge. They arrived at Kampung Hilir Maludam by 2.00 pm, where they got to enjoy the kampong (village) activities. They explored the grounds of the village, watched a traditional performance by some young villagers and even learned how to prepare kuih sepit.
Day Two: The Search is ON!
The group had a quick safety and itinerary briefing before heading for the Maludam National Park at 8.00 am. The only entrance to the national park is by boat to ‘Station 2’ jetty. The early morning boat ride gives the group a chance to admire the tranquility of the protected peat swamp area. On arrival, the travel guide prepares the group for the trails and animals they may see throughout the trip.
The group learns a little about the behavior of the beautiful primate, and return to Kampung Hilir Maludam at 3.00 pm. At the Kampung, they experienced ocean fishing on a traditional fisherman boat and get to see how salted fish, jellyfish, and prawns are dried and processed at the factory. For more information on the jellyfish processing factory, you can visit this blog. After enjoying a day on the water catching fish and seeing how the local catch is processed, the group took a beautiful sunset cruise over the coast of Maludam.
On returning to the village, they enjoyed a traditional performance called “Bergendang” or ‘drumming’ by the Persatuan Nelayan Kampung Maludam at 7.00 pm. They then retired to the Kampung Hilir Maludam Homestay for the night.
Day 3, the Pasar Tani
It’s bright and early the next day, with the group departing from Maludam at 7.30 am to head to the Pasar Tani Maludam. By noon, they head back through Triso, Pusa, and Sri Aman, seeing the sights in the towns like Fort Alice. By 8.00 pm, the trip comes to an end in Kuching.
The Tour Package
The Tour Package of 3 days and 2 nights totaled at RM 1,150 per pax and came inclusive of:
An English speaking tour guide
Tour van and driver
All activities in Maludam village
Homestay accommodations for the two nights
boat trip to and from Maludam National Park
Sun Set Cruise
The group found the trip to be a great experience, with friendly hosts and good facilities awaiting them at the homestay. As for the attractions surrounding the village and the National Park, they were excited to be a part of the fishing and cultural activities and found there were also proboscis monkey and crocodile watching tours available to the public, though there wasn’t enough time for them to enjoy it for themselves.
All in all, the Maludam National Park and its surrounding communities are a great place to visit, to perhaps catch a glimpse of the rare Red Banded Langur, or at the very least see the rest of the wildlife that flourishes in the protected area and enjoy the good company of the people of Kampung Hilir Maludam.