Borneo and Dayak Tribes
Kalimantan or Borneo is the place to explore!
This world's third
largest island covering the area of 747,000 square kilometer and covered by one
of the world's largest stretches of tropical rain forest through which flows
tremendous mighty rivers which are the island's highway.
The island is rich
with many fascinating and endemic wildlife; the orangutans, proboscis monkeys,
gibbons and species of monkeys, Argus pheasants, snakes including the three
species of flying snakes, sun bears, 600 hundred species of birds including the
hornbills which play an important role in the Dayak mythology. The exotic plants
includes the rare black orchids, carnivorous pitcher plants, 70 meter trees
including the hardest wood in the rain forest "Iron Wood" and many more.
The Dayak Tribes,
the indigenous people of Kalimantan were some of the fierce head-hunters. Today,
they are no longer collect grisly trophies; the men hunt with blowguns while the
women weave baskets of rattans using age-ol patterns and techniques or together
hack their fields out of the jungle, burning the brush to provide nutrients to
the poor soil.
The Dayak tribes of
Central Kalimantan is settled along the Lamandau river, another river systems of
Pangkalan Bun to the north. About one third of the area are TUMON Dayaks, mostly
Christian, who were evangelized in the late 1920s and early 1930s. About 10% are
Traditional Religion called Kaharingan. The most we travel to the north the most
traditional the tribes are and the transportation is more limited. To reach the
area, speedboat is the only alternative. In some area you have to change the
transportation to the motorized long boat. Although the area is not traditional
anymore, but the Dayak tribes is still maintain their traditional cultures and
stuffs from their head hunting age. The facilities in this area are very
limited. You will stay in their houses or traditional long house with poor
conditions of facilities. However, our guide will ensure you to enjoy and
comfortable the trips.
Our trips will take
you to explore the mighty Mahakam river and it's tributaries to meet the Dayak
Tribes and experience their mystical arts & cultures, trekking through the
jungle in searching for the exotic flora and fauna.
Our experienced and
naturalist guide will make you understand about everything you want to know
about the Kalimantan Rain Forest and all creatures live in it and the cultures
of the Dayak Tribes.
CROSS BORNEO - WEST
ultimate challenge - crossing one of the most rugged islands on earth from East
to West. Using roads, rivers and feet we traverse the jungle of Kalimantan
(Indonesian Borneo). You must have a good level of fitness and adventurous
spirit and a strong sense of determination, as conditions and accommodations are
challenging. We will use busses, public house boat, chartered motorized canoes
to access the jungle for a rugged days of trekking. We sleep in the simple
houses of the villager with basic facilities and on the house boats. The
trekking is tough and often wet, the only way to appreciate the primeveral
jungle of Kalimantan and the most traditional Dayak Tribes settlements as well
as the wildlife.
You could choose one of our program :