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Matang Wildlife Centre

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Matang Wildlife Centre

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Orangutans playing

Matang Wildlife Centre , part of Kubah National Park, is in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

Understand[edit]

Matang Wildlife Centre houses endangered wildlife in enclosed areas or cages. The main attraction is the Orang Utan training programme.

History[edit]

Landscape[edit]

Flora and fauna[edit]

As well as the Orang Utans, the Centre houses Sambar Deer, Crocodiles, Sun Bears, Civets and Bear Cats, Hornbills, Eagles, Kites, Storks and a host of other birds native to Sarawak.

Climate[edit]

Get in[edit]

Matang Wildlife Centre is about 35 km from Kuching. And there is no direct bus service to the park. However, you can take Matang Transport Co. bus No. 21 (which passes Kubah Park HQ but it does not go all the way to Matang Wildlife Centre). Ask to be dropped off at the turning for the Polytechnic. Then try to catch local mini-buses (bos sewa) but the service is very irregular. If you do see a small white bas sewa, flag it down and ask the driver to drop you off at the Centre.
Timetable for bus NO 21: Kuching->Polytechnik 8-00,11-00,14-00,17-00; Polytechnik->Kuching 6-30,9-30,12-30,15-30. Bus departs from Saujana bus stop (located nearby Merdeka Shopping Mall, Kuching).

The one-way taxi fare is RM60.

Park rangers can arrange a transport for your way back, namely they will call the driver of bus No 21 to pick you up in the wildlife center. The fare is RM10. However, you need to arrange this beforehand.

Fees/Permits[edit]

Foreign Adult (single entry): RM20
Foreign Child/Senior (single entry): RM7

Get around[edit]

Baby orangutan

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There are some pleasant riverside picnic spots a short walk from the information centre and four jungle trails. However they are temporarily closed due to Orang Utans that were released in the wild and thus can act unpredictably. There are some plans of opening the Sungai Rayu trail leading to Kubah National Park

  • For details of the trails in Matang Wildlife Centre, see: [3]

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Park tries to raise some money for Orang Utans Project [4]

Eat[edit][add listing]

There is small kiosk right after the car park selling bottled water and some snacks. In case it's closed try to find Moren (kiosk owner) who lives in one of the houses located behind park HQ building. Also she will be happy to cook for you delicious Malay lunch or dinner, for a very moderate price. However, you need to arrange this 1 day beforehand.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

Accommodation facilities are available at the Matang Wildlife centre. You'll be provided with kettle and cutlery. There are also BBQ sites in front of the accommodation; wood charcoal can be bought from park HQ.

  • Forest Hostel, (park headquarters), +60 (0)82 248088 (), [1]. checkin: 14-00; checkout: 11-00. 8 rooms with two double-bunk beds each. -Non-airconditioned. -Fan only. -Attached bathroom and toilet. RM15.00 per bed, RM40.00 per room.  edit
  • Forest Lodge (type 5), (park headquarters), +60 (0)82 248088 (), [2]. checkin: 14-00; checkout: 11-00. 2 rooms with double beds each. -Air conditioned. RM150.00 per unit. (,2 nights) edit

Lodging[edit]

Camping[edit]

There is a designated campsite nearby the park headquarters (tent not provided). 32 sites (RM5.00 per camp)

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Stay safe[edit]

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