MALAYSIA BORNEO

THE RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE

Level

Moderate

Duration

12 days

Route

Kuching, Bako National Park, Korokong, Uli Ai, Batang Ai, Nanga Sumpa longhouse, Selong, Enseluai waterfalls, Semengoh, Bidayuh villages.

Our adventure takes us to Sarawak, one of the last four remaining rainforest regions in the world. If you have ever dreamed of trekking untouched rainforests, being at one with the stunning nature around you and witnessing tribal cultures, then the Rahhalah Borneo rainforest experience is the one for you!

The adventure begins with exploring the colonial atmospheric city of Kuching (the Cat City) by foot. We will then kayak our way through the  jungle on river to truly feel that you are one with the elements: the water, the wind, the sun, the rain until we reach the hilly jungle around the Batang Ai river basin. This area belongs to the Iban tribe people and is one of the few remaining areas where wild Orangutans can be found. After a cultural encounter with the Ibans, a trek through the dense rainforest will slowly disconnect us from the civilized world with each step we take. No televisions or telephones, it’s just the jungle and us! After collecting some food from the jungle for our evening meal, we will have dinner  at a private home and see how the locals are living in Borneo as of today.

Kuching Caving is the unknown Borneo as only a recently a number of ancient cave systems have been opened to visitors. To swim in an underground river surrounded by beautiful cave formations is truly a unique life experience!

Facts:

  • Rainforests are earth’s oldest living ecosystems. There are four rainforest regions in the world: Amazon in South America, Central Africa & Madagascar, Southern Asia, and Australasia. Although they cover only 6% of the Earth’s surface, they contain more than half of the world’s plant and animal species!
  • Sarawak is the most multi-racial state in Malaysia with over 28 distinct ethnic groups; the major groups are the Ibans, Chinese, Bidayuh, Malays, Melanau and the Orang Ulu. The current population of Sarawak is 2 million and covers an area of 125,000 sq. km.
  • The climate is typically tropical with temperature ranging from a cool 22°C (72°F) in the evenings to a sultry 34°C (93°F) in the daytime.
  • Sarawak receives an abundance of rainfall (averaging 200-250 cm a year); the rainy season is normally during the ‘landas’, a local term for the monsoon rains that come between November to February each year. The monsoon period should not deter visitors to the region as it is not cold; in fact the rains during this time may be heavy but it is intermittent and they bring relief from the tropical heat. This is also the time of the year when the local tropical fruits unique to the region are in abundance.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kuching

Arrive in Kuching international airport in the morning. Meet and transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight. Basaga Holiday Residences or similar.

Day 02: Kuching City Tour by foot (B)

After breakfast, we will visit waterfront along Sarawak River and then cross the river by sampan boat and visit Malay village. We will also pass by Fort Margherita before returning by sampan boat to the waterfront again. Our day will include sightseeing the highlights of the city such as  The Square Tower, the Wet Market (fish, vegetables etc.), Brookes Dockyard on the way to the Old State Mosque and  via India Street to The Old Court House, The Round Tower and General Post Office, and finally, Sarawak Museum. We will be back at our hotel by noon (or explore the town further on your own).

The rest of the day is free for you to explore the old colonial city center of Kuching, go shopping or just relax.

Overnight at Basaga Holiday Residences or similar.

Day 03: Kuching – Bako National Park (B, L, D)

From Kuching, we will drive about 35 minutes to Bako Village and from there, it’s a 25-minute boat ride to the park. Bako gets its name from the mangrove forest that surround the coastal region of Sarawak, it is one of the best places to view wildlife in natural surroundings. There will be hiking through jungle trails, sunsets, and walking along the sea by secluded beaches.

Overnight at the park chalets.

Day 04: Bako National Park - Kuching (B, L)

Today is our final hike on one of the trails, a trail perfect for spotting rare migratory birds and the elusive proboscis monkey, a primate found only in Borneo. We will return to Kuching mid-afternoon (schedule may depend on tide).

Drop off for check in at Basaga Holiday Residences (or similar) and overnight.

Day 05: Rainforest Kayak Adventure (B, L)

You will be picked up from your hotel at 08:00 for a 1-hour drive through rural Kuching in Krokong Village.

Our kayaking adventure starts on a meandering river that flows through beautiful karst limestone formations, Bidayuh villages and local farms, it’s a good place to spot some water birds. Occasionally the calm waters will give way to Class 1 and 2 rapids; feel free to glide or to paddle downriver. We recommend wearing light short sleeve shirts with shorts (not cotton as it does not dry easily) or your swimwear. You may want to bring a spare change of clothes and a towel; good sun block, hat and shoes that are not afraid to be wet; and any equipment that you may bring should be placed in a watertight bag. A bottle of mineral water is included.

Return to Kuching by a bout 15:00. Drop off at Basaga Holiday Residences ( or similar) for check in and overnight.

Day 06: Kuching - Nanga Sumpa (B, L, D)

Today, we will drive to Batang Ai reservoir. Along the way, we will stop at Lachau Bazaar to explore the shops and the small native market, followed by an early lunch in a local coffee shop. We will continue our journey to Batang Ai Lake where we will board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa. On arrival, we will settle in at a lodge for dinner. Evening free for leisure.

Overnight at Nanga Sumpa lodge.

Day 07: Nanga Sumpa – Jambu Longhouse – Enseluai Waterfall - Lubok Kasai (B, L, D)

Following a good breakfast to fuel our day’s adventure, we will hike the jungle trails along the river and then continue upriver by longboat. Our destination is the beautiful Enseluai waterfall. Along the way (if conditions are suitable) your boatman may stop to demonstrate fishing Iban-style using a jala or throw net. We will also visit Jambu longhouse. Jambu is a relatively small community with 8 families. It is the furthermost and most isolated community on the Delok River. After visiting Jambu, we will arrive at the waterfall and have time to relax, swim and enjoy the rainforest. Enjoy a riverside BBQ lunch prepared by your Iban hosts.

At 1330-1400 hours, we will proceed by boat (approx. 15 mins) to the junction of the Delok and Lalang Rivers. Then trek for 1-2 hours along a rainforest trail through orangutan habitat and arrive at Lubok Kasai jungle camp where we can relax, have a swim in the river or just enjoy the rainforest surroundings. Orangutans are occasionally seen (at dusk or at dawn) in this area. After dinner, the evening at the lodge is quiet and tranquil,  perfect for relaxing and a walk around the area.

Overnight at Lubok Kasai jungle camp.

Day 08: Lubok Kasai Jungle Camp (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will go trekking on one of the rainforest trails to look for orangutans and other wildlife like pig-tailed macaques, hornbills and a variety of birds. While orangutans are only occasionally spotted, their nests are often seen along the trails. Return to Lubok Kasai around 1200-1300 hours. Have lunch at the camp. Rest of the afternoon is free at leisure. Go for a swim in the river or relax in the rainforest surroundings. At 1600 hours, we will depart on a 1-2 hour walk along a trail that follows the Lalang River and search for orang-utans again.

Dinner and overnight at Lubok Kasai jungle camp.

Day 09: Lubok Kasai Jungle Camp – Batang Ai Longhouse Resort (B, L, D)

Breakfast in the camp is then followed by some free time- swim in the river or take some photos around Lubok Kasai. We will leave at 10:15 hours and travel downriver to Nanga Sumpa for an early lunch, and then travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, before our drop off at Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. The remainder of the day is a free day but you can opt for a jungle walks. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Day 10: Batang Ai Longhouse Resort - Semengoh – Kuching. (B,L)

We will leave the resort in the morning, crossing the lake by boat, then overland. Lunch en route.

Today, we will visit the Semengoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre for the unforgettable experience of feeding rehabiliated Orangutans and learning about their stories.

Proceed to Kuching. Drop of at Basaga Holiday Residences (or similar) for check in and overnight.

Day 11: Kuching Caving ¬ big spaces, cool streams (full day). (B, L)

Depart Kuching at 09:00 and drive for about 1.5 hours to a Bidayuh village in a pretty farming valley. After a quick equipment and safety briefing, we will take a 10-minute walk across some of the area’s prettiest farmland to the staircase of the cave entrance. Once in the cave, you will get a briefing on its history and pre-history while observing the fascinating cave paintings on the walls. As we head deeper inside the cave, you will see that ceilings in this cave can be as high as 300¹ and there are streams, waterfalls and enormous calcite structures as well as a wide range of cave dwellers. The easy route visits two chambers before leaving through the main exit and going to a second cave for a swim. The intermediate route goes much further into the cave, including passing through to the bird nest chamber before we retrace our steps. After cleaning up, lunch is provided either in the Kampung or at a restaurant on the way back to Kuching. Return time is about 19:00. You will be dropped off at your hotel.

Overnight at Basaga Holiday Residences ( or similar)

Note: Timings may vary. Helmet, lamps, trousers, boots and gloves are provided. A spare T-shirt is recommended. Easy and intermediate routes are available; No rope work required.

Day 12: Departure (B)

Transfer to Kuching airport for departure flight.

1,972 USD

per person in a group of minimum 2.

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • Price is inclusive of GST
  • This cost is valid till 15th Dec 2016.
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

THIS INCLUDES

  • All airport transfers
  • 6 nights at Basaga Holiday Residences ( or similar) BB
  • 5 days/4 nights Nanga Sumpa/Jambu /Lubok Kasai tour, full board
  • 1 night at Batang Ai Longhouse Resort or similar, with breakfast and dinner
  • Meals as indicated above (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Walking City Tour of Kuching, half day
  • 2 days/1 night Bako National Park tour, full board
  • Full day Rainforest Kayaking Tour, with lunch
  • Kuching Caving Tour, with lunch
  • Guiding on tour with English speaking guide

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International air fare to Kuching
  • High season Supplement at Basaga Holiday Residence ( July and August)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Tips and gratuities

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