Discover the best time to visit Borneo to see Orangutans with our travel experts advice
Borneo, the largest island in Asia, has more than dense rainforests, native tribes and spectacular natural beauty. The island is full of life and is home to some of the most magnificent animal species in the world. For many visitors to Borneo, their most outstanding moment is glimpsing a wild orangutan swinging through the jungle canopy. Our Travelmood travel expert Sarah was lucky enough to visit this mesmerising destination. Here, she shares the best time to visit Borneo to see orangutans.
Visit Borneo during dry season
Located off the eastern coast of Malaysia, Borneo experiences a tropical climate, high humidity, sunshine and some rainfall throughout the year. The wetter months in Borneo tend to be between November and February, when the Northeast Monsoon hits. The milder months, known as the dry season fall between March and October.
The best time to visit Borneo to see orangutans is in the dry season, in May to September. It can be difficult to see the orangutans in rainy weather conditions as they often hide away for shelter in the dense jungle.
The orangutans during dry season
Borneo is the perfect destination to view extraordinary wildlife. When looking at a species like the amazing orangutan, it is best to observe them when they are most active. Travelling to Borneo during dry season increases your chances of seeing orangutans.
Most orangutans are shy around humans but overcome their fear of being seen with the opportunity of getting some food. Trees start to produce fruit in Borneo in June and will continue into August. The orangutans quickly adapt their diet and behaviour to take advantage of this delicious source of nourishment. Visitors often get closer sightings of adult and juvenile orangutans as they feed on the fruit which has fallen from the trees. This is a fantastic time for visitors to capture that amazing photograph of their Borneo safari experience.
Where to see the orangutans
Borneo is not only the best place to see orangutans but one of the only places in the world you can still see these stunning creatures in the wild. There are forest reserves where visitors can see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat– but as forest turns to farmland throughout the Borneo, this could be one of the last chances to see truly wild orangutans enjoying the freedom of the jungle.
There are fantastic organisations in Borneo that place huge emphasis on wildlife protection and conservation. Some great rehabilitation centres and sanctuaries have been set up which offer visitors a chance to see the orangutans in a protected environment. Wherever you choose to go, seeing an orangutan up close is a memory that will last a lifetime!
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