Kubah National Park
Orangutans such as those at the Matang Wildlife Centre in Kubah National Park.
Kubah National Park is located about 20 km. west of Kuching in Sarawak and is dominated by three mountains: Mount Serapi, Mount Selang and Mount Sendok. These are the mountains you can see clearly from the Kuching waterfront.
Kubah National Park is home to a large variety of wildlife including bearded pigs, black hornbills, mousedeer – the world’s smallest deer – , squirrels, snakes and lizards.
The biggest attraction in the national park is the Matang Wildlife Centre which can be reached by one of the trails. At Matang you can view orangutans, crocodiles, Sambar Deer, Sun Bears,Bear Cats and Civets. Civets appear as a mixture of a cat, an otter and a mongoose. In 2005, a previously unknown carnivore, nicknamed the cat-fox was discovered in Borneo, believed to be a civet. Even with the new discovery, the major attraction remains the orangutans that have been rescued and are hoping to be released back to their wild habitat some day.
Trails in Kubah National Park:
- Main Trail: three hours return from the park HQ and joins the other trails so you can either continue into the forest, visit the waterfall, or return along the Gunung Serapi Road.
- Gunung Serapi: challenging trek up to the mountain using a sealed road, where a telecommunication tower can be found. The return trip takes about 6 hours.
- Waterfall Trail: a nice waterfall that can be reached in about two hours.
- Ulu Raya Trail: is used by those who wish to visit the Matang Wildlife Centre. The trail takes three to four hours.
- Selang Trail: offers spectacular views of Santubong peninsula, Satang Island turtle sanctuary and Matang. Count on two hours for the return trip.
- Palmetum Trail: highlights hundreds of different types of palm trees. Different species are labelled so one can compare the the differences. Palmetum is one of the shorter trails – one hour return from the park HQ.
- Belian Trail: on this easy one-hour trek you can see huge Belian trees, unique giant mushrooms, climbing figs and rattans. The trail is lined with fruit trees such as rambutan, jackfruit, durian and figs that provide great opportunities for bird watching.
The entry fee for Kubah National Park is 10RM per adult and 5RM per student/child. Once paid, this fee applies for both the national park and Matang Wildlife Centre.
Sleeping in Kubah National Park
If you are planning on staying in the park for one or two nights, book your accommodation in advance with the Sarawak Forestry Office in Kuching – Telephone: (+6) 082 610088; open Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
The prices for accommodation start from 15RM per bed (or 40RM per room) in hostel-style rooms. Accommodation in the Matang Wildlife Centre is available for the same rates.
Cook your own food! There are fully equipped kitchens available for the guests, so bringing some supplies from Kuching is highly advised.
Getting to Kubah National Park
Yellow or orange bus #11 departs from Sajuana Car Park in Kuching. The first bus leaves at 6.30 a.m. and the last at 4:50 p.m. Check with the Visitor Information Centre about the bus timetable, as it changes frequently. The ride takes about 45 minutes and costs around 2RM.