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.
We depart Kuching for a four hours drive through scenic ever green rainforest, fields of pepper and rubber. The first stop will be at Serian town where you will be taken to visit an excellent farmers' market. Continue drive to the Lemanak River where a delightful longboat ride under the rainforest canopy takes you to the longhouse. Pay a courtesy visit to the headman of the longhouse before visiting the pepper garden and a brief exploration of the surrounding forest. In the evening a traditional style dinner sitting on the mat, will be served, followed by a night of traditional ceremonial dances and merry making. Stay overnight in the longhouse. (Lunch & Dinner)
After breakfast, witness and participate in the blow pipe demonstration, a guided nature walk which gives you an opportunity to learn about some medicinal plants, edible fruits and leaves, the agricultural activities of the community and some game traps used in the past for trapping animals. We will stop by the river beach for a backwoods style picnic lunch where our foods are cooked in bamboo. After lunch, depart by longboat down river and continue overland for your return journey to Kuching. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Rates For Travelling From 01 April 2017 and Onwards
MYR 1005 per person
All rates are inclusive of 6% GST.
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