Visiting Wild Orangutans in Malaysia

There aren’t many species of animal in the world that enthrall us humans as much as orangutans. They can only be found in the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra. If you manage to see these beautiful animals in their natural habit it’s a real treat – some might say a once in a lifetime experience.

It’s no surprise that trips to Borneo, Malaysia are becoming increasingly popular for tourists. The number of orangutans is actually falling and experts have said the situation is getting critical. If you want to se these animals in their natural habit, then here are 4 of the best tips you need to see wild orangutans in Malaysia.

Do your Research

It’s important for you to read up on the best orangutan rehabilitation centers so that you have more chance of a real encounter. You have to visit a sanctuary or center to stand the best chance of seeing this majestic creature. Pick from either of the following two:

  • The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Don’t miss out on seeing them in the wild

Whilst I do think that rehabilitation centers will guarantee you a visit, so are the best ways to go. But that doesn’t mean that you should miss out on getting to see orangutans in the wild. You can’t beat the rush of seeing them swinging through the jungle, in the wild, above your head. Check out:

  • The Maliau Basin Conservation area
  • Tanjung Putting National Park (this is actually on the Indonesian side but a brilliant place to visit)

Go at the correct time of year

Just like when you plan on seeing any type of wildlife you must make sure you go at the right time. So make sure the season you head there is the dry season. The dry season in Borneo is between March and October, and it is considered by the experts to be the best time to visit. The reason to head there during the dry season is because there is more fruit on trees, so the orangutans will go to the lower areas of the jungle canopy – this leads to some great sightings.

Get ready for the jungle

Don’t forget that to get a glimpse of the orangutans, you will need to go to the jungle – so be prepared! So, you booked the flights and hotel, now start thinking about what you need to put in your suitcase. You’ll be spending quite a lot of time in the rainforest, be it on foot or by boat, so here’s a list of everything you need to bring with you:

  • Repellent – make sure you have one with DEET in it.
  • Sun cream. The sun will be shining a lot so buy a strong factor.
  • A lightweight cotton hat.
  • Some comfy, loose fitting clothing with long sleeves to offer protection from the sun and insects.
  • Hiking shoes – make sure you wear them before you travel to avoid blisters.
  • A light rain jacket, one that is breathable is ideal.