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 lies in Sarawak, the heart of Borneo, one of the last four remaining rainforest regions in the world. If you have ever dreamed of trekking untouched rainforests, experiencing the stunning nature and tribal culture, then Borneo is the answer!

The adventure begins with exploring the colonial atmospheric city of Kuching (the Cat City) by foot. You will then explore mangrove forests as well as inland jungles, both offer very different experiences. You will also Kayak through the overhanging jungle by travelling on the river to truly feel that you are one with the elements: the water, the wind, the sun, the rain and the jungle until you reach the hilly jungle around the Batang Ai river basin. This area is the territory of the Iban tribe people and at the same time one of the few remaining areas where wild Orang Utans can be found. Here you will experience the cultural encounter with the Ibans and trek through the dense and hilly rainforest in search for wildlife. You are without contact with the civilized world, no television or telephone, and we will enjoy a complete jungle experience. You will help your guides collecting jungle produce like bamboo shoots or edible ferns for the evening meal. You will also get the chance to have a dinner at a private home to get ‘behind the scene’ and see how people are living in Borneo as of today.

Kuching Caving is the unknown Borneo. Only recently a number of ancient cave systems have been opened to visitors and many surprises are waiting underground. To swim in an underground river surrounded by beautiful cave formations is truly a unique experience.

Facts:

Our operation:

Most of Rahhalah’s ground handlers and safari guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Our local guides are highly experienced and nature simply has no secret for them. All of them have extensive knowledge and training in first aid administration and communication. We have first class drivers; the cooks are among the best in preparing delicious local and international meals.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

Our adventure provides exciting opportunities for our guests while enriching lives and protecting habitats in The Malaysia Borneo.

We are committed to employing local people to the maximum extent possible. We pay our staff well and, just as important, we provide them with periodical training. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

Brief 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, you will depart from your hotel to the waterfront along Sarawak River. Cross the river by sampan boat and visit the Malay village and pass by Fort Margherita before returning by sampan boat to waterfront again.You will walk past The Square Tower to the Wet Market (fish, vegetables etc.) and pass Brookes Dockyard on the way to the Old State Mosque. Continue via India Street to The Old Court House, The Round Tower and General Post Office before proceeding to Sarawak Museum. Return to your hotel by noon (or explore the town further on your own).

The rest of the day is free on your own to explore the old colonial city centre 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, drive about 35 minutes to Bako Village. From the village, the park is about another 25-minute boat ride. Bako takes its name from the mangrove forest that surround the coastal region of Sarawak. Bako is one of the best places in Sarawak to view wildlife in natural surroundings. Check in at the park chalets. 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)

Following breakfast, depart for a final hike on one of the trails spotting rare migratory birds and searching for the rare and elusive proboscis monkey, a primate to be found only in Borneo. 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)

Pick up from your hotel at 08:00 for a 1-hour drive through rural Kuching to Krokong Village.

Begin your kayaking adventure on a meandering river that flows through beautiful karst limestone formations, Bidayuh villages and local farms. A variety of water birds may also be spotted. Occasionally the placid waters will be punctuated with Class 1 and 2 rapids; feel free to glide or to paddle downriver. Wear a light short sleeve shirt with shorts (cotton is not recommended as it does not dry easily) or your swimwear. You may want to bring a spare change of clothes and a towel; we suggest a good sun block, hat and shoes that are not afraid to be wet; any equipment that you may bring should be placed in a watertight plastic 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)

0800 hours pick up from hotel in Kuching and drive to Batang Ai reservoir. Along the way stop at Lachau Bazaar. Stroll around the shops and the small native market and have an early lunch in a local coffee shop. Then continue your journey, arriving at Batang Ai Lake around 1330-1400 hours.  Board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa, arriving at approx. 1530 hours, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. Settle in at your lodge and have dinner. Evening free at leisure.

Overnight at Nanga Sumpa lodge.

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

Following breakfast hike the jungle trails along the river. Then continue upriver by longboat. Our destination is the scenic Enseluai waterfall. Along the way (if conditions are suitable) your boatman may stop to demonstrate fishing Iban-style using a jala or throw net. Visit Jambu longhouse, which is located approximately 30 minutes upriver from Nanga Sumpa Lodge. Jambu is a relatively small community with 8 families. It is the furthermost and most isolated community on the Delok River. After visiting Jambu continue your journey. Arrive at the waterfall and have time to relax, swim and enjoy the rainforest surroundings. Enjoy a riverside BBQ lunch prepared by your Iban hosts.

At 1330-1400 hours 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 orang utan habitat and arrive at Lubok Kasai jungle camp which is located on the banks of the Lalang River. Settle in at Lubok Kasai. 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 spend a quiet evening at the lodge and enjoy the tranquility of the forest. Alternatively go on a short (30 mins) night walk near the lodge (weather permitting).

Overnight at Lubok Kasai jungle camp.

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

After breakfast depart 0830-0900 hours and 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.  1600 hours depart on a 1-2 hour walk along a trail that follows the Lalang River and search of orang-utans.

Dinner and overnight at Lubok Kasai jungle camp.

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

Breakfast in the camp. Then free at leisure to relax, swim in the river or take some photos around Lubok Kasai. Depart at 1015 hours and travel downriver to Nanga Sumpa. Have an early lunch at Nanga Sumpa Lodge at 1115. Depart Nanga Sumpa around 1200 hours and travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, before drop off at Aiman Batang Ai Resort for check in. The reminder of the day is for relaxations or to make optional jungle walks etc. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

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

Depart the resort in the morning crossing the lake by boat, then overland. Lunch en route.

Stop over at Semengoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Observe the feeding of Orang Utans requiring rehabilitation. This tour to Semengoh Wildlife Centre is arranged to correspond with the feeding time of the orang-utans (afternoon 1500 / 1530).

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. Once the equipment and safety briefings are complete there is a 10 minute walk across some of the area’s prettiest farmland to the staircase to the cave entrance. Once in the cave there will be a briefing on its history and pre-history as you look at the cave paintings that cover the walls. Then head deeper inside the cave. Ceilings in this cave can be as high as 300¹ and there are streams, waterfalls and enormous calcite structures to admire 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: Timing may vary. Helmet, lamps, trousers, boots and gloves are provided. Easy and intermediate routes are available. No rope work required. We recommend you bring along some energy bars or other high-energy snacks if you have a tendency to get hungry easily or get low blood sugar. Bring along a full change of clothes, a towel and possibly insect repellent and sun block. We reserve the right to alter the routing and activities of the trip in the rare case of extreme weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control. Liability release form to be signed by all participants.

Day 12: Departure. (B)

Transfer to Kuching airport for departure flight.

1,972 USD

per person in a group of minimum 2.

Trip Dates

Open Dates

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 ( High surcharge applies for 22-24 July 2016)
  • 5 days/4 nights Nanga Sumpa/Jambu /Lubok Kasai tour, full board
  • 1 night at Aiaman Batang Ai 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
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa fees
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Single supplement
  • Airport taxes
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Tips and gratuities

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