The Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo offers an unforgettable mix of culture- and nature-based travel experiences. With its history of White Rajahs, diverse cultures, mighty rivers, rainforests & iconic wildlife, Sarawak is a unique destination that appeals to a wide range of visitors. Our tours and excursions are designed to get the best out of what Sarawak has to offer. Whether it is enjoying the charms of historic Kuching; exploring the massive cave systems of Mulu National Park; jungle trekking and wildlife watching at Bako National Park; travelling upriver to visit the Iban and experience longhouse life; or staying at our award-winning jungle lodge at Ulu Ai; our experienced local guides will connect you with Sarawak, its people and the natural features of the “Land of the Hornbills”. If you find that none of the packages on our website fit into your itinerary, we can custom tailor tours to your needs. For more information on our tours, please contact us.
Kuching, the state capital of Sarawak, is arguably one of the most attractive cities in Southeast Asia. With its romantic history of White Rajahs, its rich architectural heritage, and the warm hospitality of its residents, it is quite easy to end up spending longer than intended in Kuching. The river, once an important transport link, is still a central feature of the city with the beautifully landscaped waterfront promenade providing a relaxing venue for strolling both day and night. The city centre is compact, with most of the main attractions located a short distance away from the Kuching Waterfront. The Sarawak Museum, Brooke era heritage buildings such as the Square Tower and the 19th Century shophouses at Main Bazaar are all within walking distance of the city centre hotels.
There are a number of excellent national parks and wildlife reserves located close to Kuching. These include Bako, home of the rare Proboscis monkey; Gunung Gading, where Rafflesia flowers bloom; Semenggoh Wildlife Centre with its semi-wild orang utans; Kuching Wetlands National Park with its mangrove attractions and diverse range of wildlife; Tanjung Datu National Park, a remote park that offers stunning beaches, rainforest and wildlife; and Talang Satang National Park, a turtle sanctuary.
We offer daytrips and overnight tours to the national parks accessible from Kuching. We also have tours to other attractions within 1-2 hours of Kuching such as Mongkos Bidayuh longhouse, Anna Rais longhouse, the Sarawak Cultural Village, Satang Island, Santubong and Damai Beach.
Longhouse & Upriver Experiences
A visit to a longhouse is often the highlight of a trip to Sarawak. Our longhouse tours focus on the remoter rivers and longhouses of the Batang Ai region of Sarawak, including the Upper Delok River, Lalang River and Menyang River. These locations are special owing to 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 visit or stay in an Iban longhouse. Our trips combine a longhouse visit with a unique upriver experience. They offer visitors the chance to enjoy the rainforest in an upriver Borneo setting and also see how the Iban live on the fringes of the jungle.
Borneo Adventure’s tours and activities at Batang Ai are centred on our Nanga Sumpa Lodge, located approximately a 1½ hour longboat ride from the Batang Ai Lake. The lodge overlooks the Delok River and is a short walk away from the Iban community.
Our Lubok Kasai Jungle Camp is located further upriver, deep in the heart of Borneo. It is situated on the banks of the Lalang River in an area where orangutan are sighted. Both Nanga Sumpa and Lubok Kasai serve as bases to discover and experience the whole Batang Ai area.
We have a range of adventure treks at Batang Ai, including orangutan treks such as The Red Ape Trail and ‘In Search of Orangutan’ and a Longhouse to Longhouse trek from Menyang Tais to Nanga Sumpa. These treks offer you the chance to spend in a night in the rainforest in a simple Iban-style jungle camp.
Our trips to Menyang Tais longhouse offer the opportunity to stay in a longhouse and learn about the Iban culture and lifestyle. Menyang Tais is 17-door Iban longhouse located a 20-30 minutes boat ride from the Batang Ai reservoir jetty. The longhouse is home to approximately 80 people. Visitors sleep in a bilik or family ‘apartment’ of a host family in the longhouse. A range of activities such as farm visits, jungle trekking and upriver excursions are available.
Mulu National Park
Gunung Mulu National Park is justifiably famous for its limestone karst formations, some of the most spectacular caves on earth. Mulu is home to world’s largest underground chamber (the Sarawak Chamber), the world’s largest cave passage (Deer Cave) and the longest cave in Southeast Asia (Clearwater Cave). Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2000, the park is dominated by three mountains – Mulu, Api and Benarat – and covers 52,000 hectares of primary rainforest. Four “show caves” can be visited as day trips from the park HQ. These are accessed by jungle trails, plank walkways or pathways through the caves. The Mulu experience is not confined solely to its caverns. The park’s biodiversity is as impressive as its caves with Mulu containing 15 different types of forest – including mixed dipterocarp, heath, peat swamp, moss forest and montane vegetation – and thousands of species of ferns, fungi, mosses and flowering plants. Mulu is also home to a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish and insects and other invertebrates.
Our two or three day Mulu Essentials tours focus on the main show caves. We also organise a number of adventure treks that enable visitors to experience the rainforest. These include the Gunung Mulu Summit Trek, the climb to see the Pinnacles of Gunung Api and the Headhunters’ Trail which combines river travel, trekking and a stay in a longhouse.