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An adventurous trek through virgin rainforest with opportunities to spot wild orang-utans in their natural habitat, visit remote Iban communities and learn jungle survival skills


Travel from Kuching to Nanga Sumpa Longhouse

Early this morning (08:00) we will be picked up from the hotel in Kuching and driven to Batang Ai Reservoir. Along the way we stop at the Lachau Bazaar. Here we stroll around the shops and the small native market and have an early lunch in a local coffee shop. We then continue our journey, arriving at Batang Ai Lake around 1330-1400 hours. Here we board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa, arriving at approx 15:30 hours, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. There's time to settle in at the lodge before we have dinner. The evening is free at your leisure. However if you would like, after dinner we can visit the 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 perhaps enjoy some local rice wine.Overnight at Nanga Sumpa Lodge (or similar).

Trek to Mawang Camp

After breakfast (08:00) in the Nanga Sumpa Lodge, we depart Nanga Sumpa (approx. 09:00) and trek for about 2-3 hours through orangutan habitat to Mawang Rainforest Camp. This camp is located at an elevation of 195 metres. Spend time looking for wild orangutans and other wildlife like the pig-tailed macaques, giant squirrels and a variety of birds. While the orangutans are only occasionally seen, their nests can usually be observed. Upon arrival, we set camp and have lunch at Mawang Camp. After lunch we’ll go trekking on one of the many jungle trails to search for orangutans and their nests. We return to camp and prepare for the evening meal. Overnight at Mawang Rainforest Camp. (Accommodation at Mawang Camp is basic and comprises wooden shelters. Thin mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets are provided. There is a toilet block with western style toilets.)

Trek around Sungai Mawang

After breakfast (approx 07:00) in camp, we leave Mawang Camp and continue your exploration of the jungle in search of orangutans, orangutan nests and other wildlife. After 3-4 hours we return to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon we will go on another trek to search for orangutans and their nests. We will return to camp before dusk. Dinner and overnight at Mawang Rainforest Camp.

Trek to Nanga Sumpa Longhouse

This morning begins with breakfast in camp. Then we will trek from Sungai Mawang to Nanga Sumpa (about 2-3 hours). Search for wild orangutans and other wildlife before arriving at Nanga Sumpa on the Delok River. Settle in at Borneo Adventure’s lodge and have lunch. In the afternoon we’ll go on a circular trek in the Nanga Sumpa area through primary and secondary forest that is known orangutan habitat. Alternatively you can take a boat upriver to Enseluai Waterfall for a swim. Return to lodge for dinner. After dinner you can Spend the evening at leisure in the camp or proceed to the longhouse across the river. Spend some time “berandau” (talking) with the longhouse people before retiring for the night. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa Lodge.

Travel to Kuching, trip concludes

Breakfast this morning is in the lodge. Your tour will depart at 09:00 travelling downriver to the Batang Ai Lake Jetty arriving around 10:30 - 11:00. Then we travel overland with lunch en route to Kuching where we arrive at approximately 16:30. Here you will be dropped off at your hotel and the trip concludes. If you wish to extend your stay in Kuching, World Expeditions can assist you with these arrangements. Discover the charms of the Kuching, a city established by Sir James Brooke, the first White Rajah of Sarawak. The White Rajahs refers to a dynasty that founded and ruled the Kingdom of Sarawak from 1841 to 1946, namely the Brookes, who came originally from England. In Kuching you can see buildings dating back to the days of the White Rajahs, ancient Chinese temples and colourful markets displaying the produce that first brought traders to Borneo. A visit to Kuching will not be complete without making a stop at the Sarawak Museum. Completed in 1891, the museum has an excellent collection of ethnological and archaeological artifacts and is reputed to be the best in South East Asia.

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Trek through one of the world's most diverse ecosystems; virgin rain forest and home to some of the most endangered species, including the orangutan. We shall visit the authentic longhouses of our local Iban guides who will pass on their knowledge of wildlife spotting, and provide an insight into how modern Iban communities interact with the forest and its animal life. Unlike other trails in Borneo we do not expect to encounter many other people, which certainly helps when searching for wild orangutans.

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