Iban Longhouse Safari
An exploration beginning in Kuching that takes you into the heartland of the Iban tribe along the Lemanak River. Be immersed in their culture and way of life as you eat and sleep (and dance) in their world. Be intrigued by their livelihood and learn about their hunting methods, bamboo cooking lunches and their dependence on the rainforest for everything from their foods to their medicines.
We depart Kuching for a four hours drive through scenic ever green rainforest, fields of pepper and rubber. The first stop will be at Serian town where you will be taken to visit an excellent farmers' market. Continue drive to the Lemanak River where a delightful longboat ride under the rainforest canopy takes you to the longhouse. Pay a courtesy visit to the headman of the longhouse before visiting the pepper garden and a brief exploration of the surrounding forest. In the evening a traditional style dinner sitting on the mat, will be served, followed by a night of traditional ceremonial dances and merry making. Stay overnight in the longhouse. (Lunch & Dinner)
After breakfast, witness and participate in the blow pipe demonstration, a guided nature walk which gives you an opportunity to learn about some medicinal plants, edible fruits and leaves, the agricultural activities of the community and some game traps used in the past for trapping animals. We will stop by the river beach for a backwoods style picnic lunch where our foods are cooked in bamboo. After lunch, depart by longboat down river and continue overland for your return journey to Kuching. (Breakfast & Lunch)
THINGS TO BRING: Please bring along comfortable light clothing, a sun hat, poncho, battery torch light, swim suit, some insect repellent and drinking water bottle.
Tours and transfers and meals as specified and English speaking guide.
Camera fee and items not mentioned.
MYR 1163 per person
Valid from 01 April 2018 till 31 March 2019.
All rates are inclusive of 6% GST.
Effective 1st September 2017, foreign guests will be charged a flat rate of RM10 per room per night for all Tourism Tax (TTx) registered hotel classifications in Malaysia.
My husband and I did a 13 day tour with Borneo Eco Tours from Kuching to Mulu to Kota Kinabalu to Sepilok to Sandakan. Our personal highlights were staying with the Iban in a traditional longhouse, Mulu National Park (the Marriott there is spectacular), and Sukau River basin. From snorkeling with clownfish to seeing orangutans and pygmy elephants in the wild, we were amazed by the wildlife! If only they would stay out in the open for photos! The trip was a bit taxing since visiting Sarawak and Sabah required multiple domestic flights and hours of driving overland, but we knew that when we booked the tour. For the most part, our guides spoke very good English and we weren't too rushed (my husband loves to take photos!). I would recommend Boreno Eco Tours!
erineo2016, United States, September 2016