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The Great Iban Longhouse Experience

Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 714

A totally unique experience. Spend time in the hinterland of Borneo becoming acquainted with the tribes who were formerly headhunters. Stay in an authentic longhouse and become one with nature.


Want to experience an up close and personal experience with the Iban natives, the former Head Hunters of Borneo? This itinerary is highly recommended to anyone who wants an authentic experience in a longhouse.

Start in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak State departing for Batang Ai National Park by bus, a 4 and a half journey passing through pepper gardens, cocoa and rubber plantations en route. On arrival at the reservoir in the park, continue on a longboat to the Nanga Sumpa lodge, in the area of the home of the original inhabitants of Borneo.  Nowadays, the Ibans have adopted a peaceful, agrarian lifestyle but maintaining their strong cultural identity and heritage. Known for their tradition of warm hospitality, you will be made to feel very welcome during your visit. The facilities reflect the remote location and are somewhat basic. However, bear in mind, the beauty of the area and the Iban people are the real attractions. After dinner at the lodge, intermingle with the Ibans and learn all about their culture and enjoy some locally made rice wine.

After breakfast, the next day, have a hike on jungle trails along the river to the scenic Ensuluai Waterfall where there will be time to swim, explore the rainforest and have lunch. On return to the lodge and after dinner, once again visit the longhouse and take a look at the hand-made blankets and handicrafts on display.

The following morning, it is time to return by boat and bus to Kuching.

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Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 714

Itinerary

Day 1

Kuching to Nanga Sumpa

0750-0810 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 the lodge and have dinner. After dinner visit Nanga Sumpa longhouse. Relax on the ruai (common verandah) and spend time with the Iban people. Interact with the community; learn about their culture and enjoy some local rice wine.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Nanga Sumpa Lodge

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    Nanga Sumpa Lodge



    A visit to a longhouse is often the highlight of a trip to Sarawak, offering a glimpse into the lifestyle of the various tribes who have for generations lived in the remote interior of Borneo. While there are many areas in Sarawak where longhouses can ...

    A visit to a longhouse is often the highlight of a trip to Sarawak, offering a glimpse into the lifestyle of the various tribes who have for generations lived in the remote interior of Borneo. While there are many areas in Sarawak where longhouses can be visited, Ulu Ai is one of the best. What makes Ulu Ai so special is the natural environment and stunning scenery. Clean rivers and jungle streams, refreshing waterfalls and undisturbed tracts of rainforest allow you to combine a range of outdoor activities with a longhouse visit.

    Facilities

    • Bathroom with shower
    • Dining Area
    • Kitchen
    • Solar Power
    • Veranda

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Day 2

Nanga Sumpa - Enseluai Waterfall

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. 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. Return to the lodge. After dinner visit Nanga Sumpa longhouse. Relax on the ruai (common verandah), spend time with the Iban people and enjoy some local rice wine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Nanga Sumpa - Kuching

Breakfast in the lodge. 0900 hours travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, arriving around 1030-1100 hours. Then travel overland back to Kuching with lunch enroute. Arrive in Kuching approx. 1630 hours and be dropped off at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily with a minimum of 2 passengers

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Nightly accommodation (dormitory style, basic facility)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Transfers and guided tours as specified in itinerary

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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24 Mar 2019
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