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.
Morning, pick up from your hotel and depart for a four hour drive to the jetty. There will be three stop-overs en-route at Serian – a Dayak trading town, a Chinese farmhouse to see how pepper and cocoa are grown and Lachau for lunch. On arrival at the river jetty, proceed by motorized longboat up river to the Longhouse. Afternoon, tour the longhouse and watch the natives at work making mats, baskets, handicrafts and mending fishing nets. After dinner, join in the fun filled evening with the traditional dance and enjoy the locally brewed rice wine known as ‘Tuak’. Overnight at the longhouse. (Lunch & Dinner)
After breakfast, witness a blowpipe demonstration and a jungle walk with guide highlighting the various plants which the natives use for food, making traditional medicine and handicraft. Return downriver and overland drive back to Kuching. (Breakfast & Lunch)
THINGS TO BRING: Please bring along disposable raincoat, cap, sunblock lotion, insect repellent, drinking water, flashlight, swim wear (modest), towel, personal toiletries and other items of personal use. Use good walking shoe and bring a pair of flat sandal. Make your overnight pack waterproof by covering contents with large plastic bags. Bring a spare plastic bag for wet items (in case you go swimming). Comfortable cotton T-shirts with long or short pants recommended.
REMARKS: Very basic accommodation at longhouse. Mattress, pillow, blanket & mosquito net provided. Sleeping in the 'Ruai', communal covered walkway of the longhouse. (No guesthouse).
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare, camera fee and items not mentioned.
MYR 1163 per person
Rates are valid from 01 April 2018 till 31 March 2019.
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