Red Ape Trail

Red Ape Trail information and booking

  • Duration
    5 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
    Introductory - Moderate
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Schedule Details

  • 5 day trip
  • 3 day trek
  • 2 nights jungle lodge
  • 2 nights jungle camp
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).


  • Discover orangutans and wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Travel by longboat and stay in jungle camps
  • Learn about the local indigenous communities

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Trek through one of the world's most diverse ecosystems; virgin rain forest and home to some of the most endangered species, including the orangutan. We shall visit the authentic longhouses of our local Iban guides who will pass on their knowledge of wildlife spotting, and provide an insight into how modern Iban communities interact with the forest and its animal life. Unlike other trails in Borneo we do not expect to encounter many other people, which certainly helps when searching for wild orangutans.

What's included

  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Local guides (english speaking)
  • Simple lodges/ jungle camps
  • Private air conditioned vehicles
  • National park permit fees
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary


Day 1 Travel from Kuching to Nanga Sumpa Longhouse
Early this morning (08:00) hours pick up from hotel in Kuching and drive to Batang Ai reservoir. Along the way stop at Lachau Bazaar. Stroll around the shops and the small native market and have an early lunch in a local coffee shop. Then continue your journey, arriving at Batang Ai Lake around 1330-1400 hours. Board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa, arriving at approx 15:30 hours, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. Settle in at the lodge and have dinner. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa lodge.
Day 2 Trek to Genting Tunu
After breakfast, depart Nanga Sumpa and trek for about 4 hours through orangutan habitat to Genting Tunu jungle camp. This camp is located at an elevation of 400 metres. Spend time looking for wild orangutans and other wildlife like the pig-tailed macaques, giant squirrels and a variety of birds. While the orangutans are only occasionally seen, their nests can usually be observed. Upon arrival, set camp and have lunch. Approx. 1530 hours go for walk near the camp to search for orangutans and their nests. Return to camp and prepare for an evening meal. Overnight at Genting Tunu jungle camp. (accommodation is simple and toilet facilities are basic with a manual flush system using a bucket of water).
Day 3 Trek to Sungai Mawang
After breakfast, leave Genting Tunu and begin the 5 hours trek to Mawang, searching for orangutans, orangutan nests and other wildlife along the way. Arrive at Mawang and set up camp. The camp is located at an elevation of 195 metres. Lunch in the camp. Relax or if you wish help the guides gather jungle produce like bamboo shoots or edible ferns for your dinner. Late afternoon take a walk in the vicinity of the camp to search for orangutans. Return to camp before dusk. Dinner and overnight at Mawang jungle camp. (accommodation is simple and toilet facilities are basic with a manual flush system using a bucket of water).
Day 4 Trek to Nanga Sumpa Longhouse
Trek from Sungai Mawang to Nanga Sumpa (about 2-3 hours). Search for wild orangutans and other wildlife before arriving at Nanga Sumpa on the Delok River. Settle in at Borneo Adventure’s lodge and have lunch. Afternoon go on a circular trek in the Nanga Sumpa area through primary and secondary forest that is known orangutan habitat. Alternatively take a boat upriver to Enselaui Waterfall for a swim. Return to lodge for dinner. After dinner proceed to the longhouse across the river. Spend some time “berandau” (talking) with the longhouse people before retiring for the night. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa Lodge.
Day 5 To Kuching
Breakfast in the lodge. Then free at leisure to relax, swim in the river or free at own leisure. At 1115 hours have an early lunch in the lodge. Depart around 1200 hours and travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, arriving approx. 1330 hours. Then travel overland back to Kuching. Arrive in Kuching approx. 1830 hours and be dropped off at your hotel. If you wish to extend your stay in Kuching, World Expeditions can assist you with these arrangements. Discover the charms of the Kuching, a city established by Sir James Brooke, the first White Rajah of Sarawak. The White Rajahs refers to a dynasty that founded and ruled the Kingdom of Sarawak from 1841 to 1946, namely the Brookes, who came originally from England. In Kuching you can see buildings dating back to the days of the White Rajahs, ancient Chinese temples and colourful markets displaying the produce that first brought traders to Borneo. A visit to Kuching will not be complete without making a stop at the Sarawak Museum. Completed in 1891, the museum has an excellent collection of ethnological and archaeological artifacts and is reputed to be the best in South East Asia.