The star of Bako National Park is undoubtedly the proboscis monkey, the big nosed, pot-bellied comedian of the rainforest. But the star has a supporting cast of long-tailed macaque monkeys, usually patrolling the park headquarters,silvered leaf monkeys, monitor lizards and squirrels and flying lemurs that glide from tree to tree.
Have you ever seen a pig with beard? You can see bearded pigs as you walk Bako’s trails. Well used to human visitors, Bako’s wildlife is less shy than their remote jungle cousins so you can get close enough to take photographs. Of course, you have an even better chance of experiencing Bako’s biodiversity if you stay overnight at one of the park chalets, and take part in a night walk led the park guides.
If birds are your interest, more than 190 species live at Bako, including some rare varieties. The birds and animals are easy to find along the 18 colour-coded walking trails that offer full-day jungle hikes to gentle strolls. The circular Lintang trail passes through all of Bako’s vegetation types from dipterocarp forest, scrub-like padang, swamp forest,mangroves and delicate cliff vegetation. The Telok Delima and Telok Paku trails are the best vantage points for seeing proboscis monkeys in the early morning or late afternoon.
Small bays, steep cliffs and sandy beaches make Bako’s coastline a delight. Along the sandy footpaths, you will find the insect-eating pitcher plants that have been known to devour small animals. From the beach at Pandan Kecil, you can see Bako’s trademark, the rock formation called sea stacks, carved by the waves. For those who wish to enjoy quietness of nature, Lakei Island is a great place to go
Bako’s extensive trail system is made up of 16 colour-coded jungle trails which offer a range of walking and hiking options. The fit and adventurous can opt for full-day jungle hikes or overnight camping expeditions, whilst those who prefer to take it easy can opt for a relaxing forest walk. The following table provides details of approximate trekking times and distances and the colour codes used in the park.
|Trail Name||Trail Length||One Way Time & Distance From HQ||Colour Code|
|Tanjung Sapi||0.5 km||30 minutes (0.8 km)||White/Red|
|Telok Paku||0.8 km||1 hour (1.2 km)||White|
|Ulu Assam||0.8 km||1 1/4 hours (1.4 km)||Blue/Red|
|Telok Delima||0.25 km||45 minutes (1 km)||Blue/White|
|Telok Pandan Besar||0.75 km||1 hour (1.75 km)||Yellow|
|Telok Pandan Kecil||1.5 km||1 1/2 hours (2.5 km)||Yellow|
|Serait||1.25 km||1 1/2 hours (2.2 km)||Close For Maintenance|
|Lintang||5.25 km||3 1/2 hours return||Red|
|Tajor||2.75 km||2 1/2 hours (3.5 km)||Red/White|
|Tanjung Rhu||1.8 km||2 1/2 hours (4.2 km)||Red/Yellow|
Bako National Park
A short but steep climb through cliff vegetation. Takes about 30 minutes. Excellent views of Telok Assam, the South China Sea and Santubong. Proboscis monkeys can occasionally be heard crashing amongst the trees, especially early morning