Kuching Wetlands National Park (KWNP) is a national park in the Kuching City. It is the remains of the former Sarawak Mangrove Forest Reserve which covered 170 km².
Located 30 km from Kuching, the Wetlands National Park was gazetted in 1992 and covers an area of 66.1 km² on the estuarine reaches of the Sibu Laut and Salak rivers. The park is composed of coastal, marine and freshwater ecosystems. The predominantly saline and deltaic mangrove system includes an extensive network of marine waterways and tidal creeks, formed by the interconnecting rivers of Sungei Sibu-Laut, Batang Salak and Sungei Santubong that form the boundary of the park. Some small patches of heath forest are found within the park.
We joined a local tour which took us from our hostel to Kampung Santubong jetty. The journey takes about 45 mins depending on traffic.
Based on Lonely Planet’s recommendation, we decided to try Singgahsana Lodge as the acommodation of choice when in Kuching. It is situated right in the centre of the city which is convenient for walking around. It has a roof top bar (essential) and the room and shared toilet is very clean.
The national park is the home of at least three predominantly arboreal primates; the endangered proboscis monkey, the long tailed macaques and the silvered leaf langurs. White bellied eagles, mud skippers and horseshoe crabs are also present. Otters and the Irrawaddy dolphin can also be sighted. On nearby Mount Santubong, Hornbills can be seen. Remember to bring a pair of binocular. It is essential in order to see the wildlife better.
Unfortunately we only saw the proboscis monkey and fireflies. We really wanted to see the dolphins! Apparently it’s not the right season. There was also no crocodiles. But the fireflies are amazing! I’ve never seen fireflies until this trip. 🙂
The trip ended with a visit to the Salak fishing village. The local fishermen (and their families) have been living on the island for over 500 years and endure all types of weather conditions.