Borneo - Secret Sarawak - Cycling Holiday
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11 to 24 April - Skedaddle to Sarawak for some biking in Borneo on a trip that combines great cycling and wonderful wildlife opportunities
16 to 29 May - Bike with us in Borneo on this cycling holiday in Sarawak as we explore its lush interior, coastline and National Parks
- Orangutan spotting at Semenggoh Nature Reserve
- Overnighting at a traditional Sarawak Longhouse
- Wildlife walks at Bako National Park
- Stunning Sematan and cycling its palm fringed coastline
- Beautiful Borneo Highlands and its morning vista
- Siniawan’s Night Market and its street food delights
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|1||Departure for Borneo|
|2||Arrival in Kuching||D|
|3||Kuching - Heritage Ride||12.50 Miles / 20 Kms - Flat||B L D|
|4||Kuching to Santubong||21 Miles / 34 Kms - Flat / Undulating||B L D|
|5||Bako National Park||Non cycling day||B L D|
|6||Bako - Semenggoh Orangutans - Mongkos Longhouse||32 Miles / 52 Kms - Undulating||B L D|
|7||Mongkos to the Borneo Highlands||25 Miles / 40 Kms - Undulating / Hilly||B L D|
|8||Borneo Highlands - Kayak - Siniawan||18 Miles / 30 Kms - Flat / Undulating||B L|
|9||Siniawan - Fairy Cave - Tondong - Mount Singai - Tondong||33 Miles / 53 Kms - Flat / Undulating||B L D|
|10||Tondong - Satang Island - Matang||Non Cycling Day||B L D|
|11||Matang Wildlife Centre - Gunung Gading National Park||40 Miles / 65 Kms - Undulating / Hilly||B L D|
|12||Basaga - Sematan||22 Miles / 36 Kms - Flat||B L D|
|13||Sematan - Transfer to Kuching||Non Cycling Day||B L D|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
Couldn't have asked for more or better.
For someone like me who is not a committed cyclist, there was an excellent variety of wildlife, boat trips, jungle hikes, swimming and fab food to really keep me engaged. Good support beforehand, with a member of office staff phoning prior to the trip to answer any last minutes questions we might have. All Skedaddle guides were friendly and genuinely interested in us. This was the first Borneo trip for the company, I believe, and we were well looked after to ensure there weren’t any unforeseen issues.
The food was nearly always delicious, freshly cooked, tasty and perfect to keep energy levels up for cycling in the heat. Particularly loved breakfast on day 6 at the noodle cafe run by a friend of the guides, and the food cooked by a guides wife, which covered breakfast and dinners over two days – superb. Best lunch was after the kayaking when we reached Semadang – top marks for simple, tasty food. Refreshments provided as we cycled every day were spot-on. There was always the regular opportunity to re-hydrate with water or isotonic drinks and fresh fruit. Cloud 9 bars were great for an energy boost, too! Couldn’t have asked for more or better.
Difficult to choose one favourite day as many of the days were amazing, however: Day 8 – Borneo Highlands to Siniawan. I loved the variety of the day, especially the kayaking (which I hadn’t been looking forward to beforehand!). Bau is beautiful and the bat caves interesting. Finishing in Siniawan was perfect and the opportunity to enjoy the street food and the buzzy atmosphere of the town in the evening was amazing. The best bit was that this then extended in to the perfect start on the next day as we crossed the river with our bikes in a setting that was serene and magical.
I enjoyed my bike immensely. I’m not a particularly experienced cyclist so it might not suit some who is, but I felt confident in the bike given to me which allowed me to get up some hills that for me were a little challenging and feel confident in my ability to make it. Our tour leader was an important component as his explanations of routes and the itinerary at times made an important difference. All the guides worked well individually and as a team and nothing was too much trouble for them. Need some super glue for a sole that was coming off a shoe? It was there the next day. Factor 50 not enough in the extreme heat? Higher factor sun lotion, again, there for us the next morning. All the guides were friendly, enthusiastic and supportive and just lovely people to be around. The highlight has to be them going to the trouble of getting a birthday cake (and a balloon!) for my husband, late at night when they hadn’t known in advance that it was a special occasion. As I say, just lovely people.The vehicle was fine for what we needed and the drivers were always friendly and amenable.
Loads of info given pre departure and being phoned by the company prior to departure was a nice touch. Well organised, friendly and the opportunity to experience a holiday that leaves you with great memories of places you might not otherwise see in quite the same way.
Delia, Gloucestershire, UK
The history and culture of Sarawak...
I had many favourite days! Day 1 – Excellent introduction to Kuching and the history and culture of Sarawak which, in my view, enhanced the whole trip. Day 5 – Wildlife walks in Bako National Park with a guide; seeing a flying Lemur fly was a real highlight. Days 10-11 – It was great to have a guide at Matang Wildlife Centre and a privilege to be shown around as a private group. Day 12 – The tour guides additional diversion for a “geography lesson” and intriguing bee hives.
The tour leader has lots of energy, good humour in abundance, is keen to please and I’m sure a willingness to learn and become one of the best. The whistle she adopted for bringing everyone to attention was a novel and great idea!
Anne, Oxon, UK
As seen in the press...
Funnily enough, the jungles of Borneo aren’t big among bikers yet. Enter this new fortnight in Sarawak. Admittedly, 90% of the rides are on asphalt, averaging a sedate 30 miles a day. But after each is an expedition on the wild side: hikes to see proboscis monkeys and orangutans, kayaking and a night in a longhouse.
The Sunday Times (March, 2019), Three of the best exotic cycling trips
As seen in the press...
Jungle, palm-backed beaches, wildlife, tribal villages: welcome to Malaysia’s version of a paradise island. The isle in question is Borneo, a huge land mass whose territory is shared with Indonesia. While its most famous tourist area, Sabah, is busy with backpackers, the neighbouring state of Sarawak offers similar wonders in a far more pristine setting – which is why Saddle Skedaddle has just launched a cycling tour there.
‘While savvy travellers have heard of Borneo’s more touristy resorts, the north-west is only just opening up to tourism,’ says the company’s chief Asia guide Andrew Straw.
After a heritage bicycle tour of colourful main city Kuching, Saddle Skedaddle’s 13-night tour visits Sarawak’s typical fishing kampongs (stilted villages), then takes a speedboat to Bako National Park, looking for pink dolphins en route. On guided hikes in the rainforest, you’ll search out the bizarre-looking proboscis monkey, crocodiles and tropical birds.
There’s a stop at a nature reserve to see endangered orangutans before a pedal past Santubong’s waterfalls towards the traditional bamboo-built Bidayuh Longhouse. You stay overnight her and get to watch local dancing and visit Siniawan’s lively night-time street-food market. Nocturnal adventures are also the focus at Kubah National Park, with a guided search for some of its 60 species of frogs.
The trip finishes with two prolonged days in the saddle along Sematan’s coastline.
‘It’s full of deserted beaches with coconut trees and crystal-clear waters,’ Straw says. ‘Sometimes we stop at a local house for laksa [soup] and rice wine for lunch — the perfect start to an afternoon’s riding!’
After some beach relaxation, the tour returns to Kuching for a final night of celebrations. With an average 26 miles per day in the saddle on mostly flat terrain, and with three rest days, the cycling is graded gentle to moderate.
Metro (2018), Ride through paradise as a star is Borneo
One of the best trips I've been on.
Thank you for taking time out to make sure I was okay during my recent trip, whether it was saving me from being consumed by jungle crevices or doing all the work during our kayaking! It was all part of one of the best trips I’ve been on.
Richard, West Sussex, UK
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1 non cycling day (visit to Satang Island)
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