In a new Borneo cycling itinerary, the “fort-to-fort” project and trail has been developed by the state’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MTAC) and organised by Paradesa Borneo, to identify a heritage route six out of 20 forts, linked to the legacy of the Sarawak White Rajahs from over 105 years ago.
The bike trail, marketed as “Cycling the Heardhunter’s Heartland”, follows the trail from Kuching to Batang-Ai, exploring the heartland of the legendary Dayaks along the way.
Once feared as the Headhunters of Borneo, the Dayaks are known for their fearlessness and their daring battles with the White Rajahs, leading the Rajahs to build a string of forts to defend their territory.
Paradesa Borneo, the organisers of this new bike trail, is an adventure travel company that specialises in cycle tours throughout Sarawak with 16 unique bike tours under their belt, ranging from short half-day trips through city heritage sites as well as cross-country cycling adventures such as the Fort-to-Fort trail.
The adventure travel company also offers kayaking, caving and hiking tours around Sarawak in addition to its core products for cycle tourists.
The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is calling out to the public to propose names for the three-week-old Orangutan baby born on September 16 at the centre, located roughly 20km from the capital city of Kuching.
“Orangutan do respond to their names but we have yet to decide on the name. They are 90 per cent similar to humans, so they know when we call them by their names,” the centre’s manager Chong Jiew Han mentioned.
Chong added that the baby’s gender has not been determined, as the protective mother has kept out of sight and reach these past few weeks, therefore those who wish to suggest a name are asked to opt for a gender neutral name, possibly depicting a patriotic theme as the baby orangutan was born on Malaysia Day.
The suggested names can be sent to the Sarawak Forestry website (www.sarawakforestry.com) until the closing date on Nov 20, when the name will be decided by a selected panel and later announced during the Centre’s annual dinner on November 25.
The Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita, was officially opened on September 24 coinciding with the 175th anniversary of the founding of State.
Housed in a Fort named after James Brooke’s wife, Rani Margherita, the gallery’s irreplaceable historical documents, artefacts and arts from the White Rajah’s era, wrapped in steep history and preserved in time.
The gallery also includes new addition such as a portrait painting of Rentappainted by the local artist, Alena Murang, depicting the man who was a hero to some and a villain to others.
This gallery was a joint project of the Sarawak Museum Department, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture as well as Mr. Jason Brooke, the grandson of the last Rajah Muda and the Director of The Brooke Trust.
Old Siniawan town, located in the Bau district about 30 minutes’ drive from the city will be gazetted as a ‘Heritage Area’.
With the gazetting process underway, Siniawan will soon be “linked” to the State’s Brooke Heritage Site and Brooke Gallery in Fort Margherita, of which all these sites will be upgraded to be turned into a new tourism product.
Siniawan, was among the locations for many key battles during the Brooke era and has gained popularity over the years for its weekend night market with its rustic setting attracting locals and tourists alike to sample its wide range of local food and beverages.
The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Kuching, has welcomed a new member to the Orang Utan family with the recent birth of a baby Orang Utan.
The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) recently announced that the 20 year old mother, Analisa was spotted on the feeding platform on September 18 with a new-born baby in her arms, the gender of the baby is still unknown.
This is far from the first natural birth at the Wildlife Centre, as Analisa has given birth to two babies before and she herself was born to Seduku, one of the oldest female orangutan at the Centre.
Semenggoh now has 27 free-ranging orangutans, and the newest birth has provided irrefutable proof of the success of the Centre’s rehabilitation programme, while also inspiring those who are working towards the conservation and rehabilitation of orangutans throughout Sarawak.
Sarawak Tourism Board will launch its first digital photo library on September 23.
The Library intends to provide an archive of free professional images of different tourist attractions in Sarawak to the public which will include images of landscapes, buildings, animals, plants, food and people endemic to Sarawak.
It can be accessed at photo.sarawaktourism.com and can be freely used with credit mention to Sarawak Tourism Board by tourism partners and media, students and individuals whose interest relate to the tourism industry.
The Photo Library was set up in the hopes of promoting Sarawak’s main attractions through impressive images that encapsulate the uniqueness of Sarawak as a tourism destination.
While the database will be available for viewing without fees, copyright will remain under Sarawak Tourism Board and users are required to fulfill the online registration upon downloading the full high-definition images, in order to monitor the circulation of those images.