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A PIONEERING RIVER EXPEDITION

INTO THE TRUE HEART OF BORNEO

7 NIGHTS

Please note this is a new river expedition sailing into a remote region of Kalimantan. As such, the itineraries and schedules are very much subject to change due to uncertain local conditions.

The Kapuas River system is the largest in Borneo flowing over 700miles (1,100km) through Western Kalimantan which is in the Indonesian part of the island. The river basin is surrounded by mountain ranges and filled with rainforest.

The Borneo rainforest is 140 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world. There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of 221 species of terrestrial mammals and 420 species of resident birds in Borneo. There are about 440 freshwater fish species in Borneo (about the same as Sumatra and Java combined). It is the centre of the evolution and distribution of many species of plants and animals.

The Borneo rainforest is one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean orangutan. It is an important refuge for many forest species, including the Borneo elephant, the eastern Sumatran rhinoceros, the Bornean clouded leopard, the Hose's palm civet and the dayak fruit bat.

Our one week expedition will cover the upper part of the Kapuas between Sanggau and Lanjak, a voyage of over 500km that includes traversing the Denau Sentarum system of lakes that connect to the river that are now a national park. This will be a truly pioneering expedition into a rarely visited area where the main attraction will be the scenery, wildlife and tribal village life.

The Kalimantan authorities have embraced this project enthusiastically and have been very supportive during the planning stages. Likewise, the tribal communities we have met are very excited about our visit and are already planning elaborate welcome ceremonies.

Pontianak is actually situated on the equator. Temperatures are the same year round at between 30-32C. It also rains year round with October to December the wettest, averaging 350mm a month, and Jan to September drier with an average 250mm per month.

Passengers can fly in via Kuching in Sarawak (in Malaysian Borneo) which has excellent connections to Singapore and KL. Or via Pontianak, the capital of Western Kalimantan, with daily flights to Jakarta. Kuching is a highly recommended stop over with its Brooke Raj colonial buildings, amazing museum and colourful China town. There are a number of other extensions including the Mulu caves.

We operated on the Rajang River in Sarawak from 2009-2011 but withdrew due to shortcomings in the shore excursions and environmental issues. We have had many emails from passengers asking us to think about Borneo again and we believe that the Kapuas River offers a far more interesting experience with vastly more impressive scenery and a less spoilt human and natural environment. Needless to say there is no one else there!

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR THIS EXPEDITION

The situation in Burma has deteriorated rapidly to the point where we are now looking at long-term impacts on the country and the local people. After much deliberation and discussion with our team on the ground, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel all of our scheduled departures in Burma for the foreseeable future, returning only once the situation is settled.

To register your interest for this expedition once we return to Burma please click the button below and complete your details, we will contact you to discuss your arrangements when travel to Burma is possible again.

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EXTENSIONS

PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Kuching 2 Nights Pre Tour

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Mulu Caves & Lambir National Park 4 nights Pre Tour

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1 Night Pre Hotel & Transfer Kuching

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Kuching 2 Nights Post Tour

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Mulu Caves & Lambir National Park 4 nights Post Tour

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1 Night Post Hotel & Transfer Kuching

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ITINERARY

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DAY 1 TAYAN TO SANGGAU

Please note this is a new river expedition sailing into a remote region of Kalimantan. As such, the itineraries and schedules are very much subject to change due to uncertain local conditions.

Embark at Tayan on the Kapuas River for lunch and a walk about this attractive river town then lunch and sail to Sanggau for an evening walk in around this bustling river port.

DAY 2 SANGGAU TO SEKADAU

From Sanggau we make a long boat trip up the Sekayam river to see the waterfalls and hot springs in the jungle. Other waterfalls near Sanggau at Pancur Aljit can be reached by car. Sail on to Sekadau for a walk about this lively town with busy boat traffic coming into trade. Visit the Lawang Shrines by local pernambang boat set on rock face and sacred to the Malays, Dyaks and Chinese.

DAY 3 SEKADAU TO SINTANG

Sail through the day and ashore again at Sintang. Here we see a kraton or old palace in the picturesque old town where the Mewali river joins the Kapuas.

DAY 4 SINTANG TO SELIMBAU

At Sintang we visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre run by the Jacobson Foundation set in a traditional house decorated with traditional handicrafts. In the afternoon we go for a 20km drive in local trucks to the rock monolith of Bukit Kelam, said to be the second largest rock in the world after Uluru, which the fit can scale by rope ladder. For the less adventurous there is a 100 year old long house at Ensaid Panjang which is a centre of Dayak weaving.

Cast off and we take the 'Japanese Short Cut', a canal dug by the Japanese in the war to connect the main river with the lakes and moor overnight at Selimbau, perhaps the most delightful of these pretty river towns, and completely built on stilts so there is not a car in sight.

DAY 5 SELIMBAU AMD SENTARUM NATIONAL PARK

Morning walk around Selimbau and then we leave the Kapuas and connect to the lake by a tributary channel. We explore this little known water world lake and may go ashore for an evening walk. Possible visit an orang-utan rehab centre.

DAY 6 SENTARUM LAKES

Traverse the lake system to spot wild life including proboscis monkeys and maybe orangutans not to mention crocodiles. There is the opportunity to go fishing or explore the extraordinarily diverse botany. Bird life is profuse.

DAY 7 SENTARUM ASHORE

Further explorations of the lake system and a visit to Pulay Melayu island with its animist shrines. We will see honey farms along the shores and visit visit fishing villages with smokeries. Trekking is also available as an optional excursion.

DAY 8 LANJAK

Disembark to transfer to Kuching by road.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Coach transfer from Kuching or Pontianak to Tayan and from Lanjak to Pontianak or Kuching (or vv), entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 TAYAN TO SANGGAU

Transfer from Kuching (4-5 hours) or Pontianak (2-3 hours) to Tayan and embark ship.

DAY 8 LANJAK

Transfer to Kuching by road (Lanjak - Kuching travel time 4.5 hours).

VISA INFORMATION

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