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Borneo Jungle River IV

Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights

Grade: Easy

borneo jungle river toursThe second largest river in Indonesia, the Mighty Mahakam River is at once the major highway, a cultural tour and a wildlife spotting expedition. It is also the only major river with public transportation all the way into the heart of Borneo, making its 930 kilometers length entirely accessible. Travelling up this jungle river is a journey in the fullest sense of the word. One heads away from the industrial center of Samarinda and slips deeper and deeper into the jungle, and into Borneo’s past. There are many opportunities for exploration, from towns and longhouses to huge lakes, wetlands and jungle rivers. This is a place that rewards travelers with time on their hands and hence the ability to jump off the boat and wait for the next one, even if it means staying overnight. This is off the beaten track travel of the highest order. Outside the summer season, you will probably not see another foreigner for your entire trip.

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN BALIKPAPAN – KOTA BANGUN – MUARA MUNTAI

Meet at airport and directly transfer to Kota Bangun for about 6 hours drive and then crossing the Semayang and Melintang Lakes for spotting the fresh water dolphins and unique life of villagers as well as the beautiful panorama of the lake. Afterwards, proceed to Muara Muntai for check in to a homestay. (L,D)

Day 02 MUARA MUNTAI – MANCONG – TANJUNG ISUY – MELAK

After breakfast, we will explore the exotic of Muara Muntai village with the long wooden bridge which is made of iron wood linking all the roads and alleys of the hamlet. Next, proceed to Mancong by motorized canoe crossing the Jempang Lake of which we will have the opportunity to view plenty of water bird species and fishermen floating houses as well as the romantic Ohong River where proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards and other wild animals are hanging around at riverside. In Mancong, we will explore an exotic longhouse and Benuaq Dayak daily life. Afterwards, proceed to Tanjung Isuy to catch our car for driving to Melak for overnight at local hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 03 MELAK – KERSIK LUWEY – TERING – LONG BAGUN

After breakfast, we will proceed to Kersik Luwey reserve for observing the rare black orchid and other flora on the zone. Next, driving to Eheng village for visiting an old and impressive longhouse with its unique ornament and shape while exploring the Tunjung Dayak daily life. Afterwards, transfer to Tering port to catch the public speedboat crossing upward the Mahakam River to reach Long Bagun for staying overnight at homestay. In the afternoon, we can explore the beautiful longhouse of Penihing Dayak and the daily life of local people. (B,L,D)

Day 04 LONG BAGUN – MAHAKAM HEADWATERS – TIONG OHANG

Get a full day trip by public boat to cruise the headwaters of Mahakam River through amazing rapids while sightseeing beautiful view of rainforest and waterfall as well as people unique activities at riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight at homestay. (B,L,D)

Day 05 TIONG OHANG – MAHAKAM HEADWATERS – LONG APARI

After breakfast at homestay, we will get motorized canoe crossing the Mahakam headwaters to reach Long Apari, the last village in Mahakam River. On the way, we can enjoy the magnificent panorama of dense tropical forest and wildlife on riverside. In the afternoon, we can explore the daily life of Dayak people and long eared woman with tattoos if we are lucky. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight at local house. (B,L,D)

Day 06 JUNGLE TREKKING

After breakfast at local house, we will be trekking in the heart of Borneo crossing rivers, hills, rocks, and wilderness. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight at campsite on riverside. (B,L,D)

Day 07 JUNGLE TREKKING – MAHAKAM HEADWATERS – TIONG OHANG

After breakfast at the campsite, we will be trekking down to the village and boarding the boat for crossing downward the Mahakam headwaters into Tiong Ohang for check in to homestay. (B,L,D)

Day 08 TIONG OHANG – MAHAKAM HEADWATERS – LONG BAGUN

After breakfast, we will then boarding the public boat for crossing downward the Mahakam headwaters into Long Bagun. On the way, we will enjoy the beautiful view of rainforest, rock, waterfall, and wildlife on riverside. Arrive at Long Bagun and directly check in to homestay. (B,L,D)

Day 09 LONG BAGUN – MAHAKAM RIVER

Breakfast at homestay and then crossing downward the Mahakam River by public houseboat, here you can explore the local people way of life, the riverside civilization that certainly different with our normal life on the land. The houseboat is a public traditional wooden boat with two decks, the first deck for carrying goods and economy class with capacity about 100 passengers and the second deck is for executive class with capacity of 75 passengers. The economy room is more open both sides and no mattress while the executive served mattress, with communal room, no cabin and no AC. At the back side, there are some Borneo style toilets and simple restaurant providing Indonesian food, tea, coffee, and snacks on the first deck. The boat will stop sometimes to pick and drop passengers or loading some supplies. Lunch, dinner and overnight on the houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 10 MAHAKAM RIVER – SAMARINDA – BALIKPAPAN

At the second day on the houseboat, we will cruise the lower Mahakam River into Samarinda while sightseeing people unique activities at riverside. Arrive at Samarinda and directly driving to Balikpapan for check in to a hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 11 DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel and free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to next destination. (B)

Included:

  • AC land transportation
  • Public speedboat in Mahakam River
  • Public houseboat in Mahakam River
  • Motorized boats
  • Accommodation based on twin share:
    01 Night at homestay in Muara Muntai
    01 Night at local hotel in Melak
    02 Nights at homestay in Long Bagun
    02 Nights at homestay in Tiong Ohang
    01 Night at local house in Long Apari
    01 Night at tent/bivouac
    01 Night public houseboat in Mahakam River
    02 Nights at 3 stars hotel in Balikpapan
  • Entrance fee, donation & refreshments
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)

Excluded:

  • Airfares
  • Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
  • Personal expenses