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Swimming swamp buffaloes

Witness hundreds of Borneo swamp buffalo on their morning swim in the river. It is a spectacular daily routine and part of the buffalo farming in the Mahakam upriver area.

Swimming swamp buffaloes

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Witness hundreds of Borneo swamp buffalo on their morning swim in the river. It is a spectacular daily routine and part of the buffalo farming in the Mahakam upriver area. The buffaloes go in a convoy to the river and return after their swim to the land. Guided by a herd keeper in a motorboat.

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The swimming buffaloes can be found in the villages of Teluk Maridan, Muara Muntai, and Lebak Singkil.

 

What to see and do?

nearby: Swimming swamp buffaloes

  • Join the local fishermen and go fishing on Semayang lake in the estuary of Makam river. Enjoy the sunset at one of the largest lakes in the country.
    Fishing Semayang lake
    Fishing Semayang lake
  • Yupa Site Hindu Kingdom museum
    At Muara Kaman, upstream Mahakam river, you can find historical evidence of the oldest Hindu kingdom heritage in Indonesia.
    Yupa site Hindu kingdom
    Yupa site Hindu kingdom
  • Ride a boat in the beautiful Borneo nature reserve of Muara Kaman and go on the look out for the rare river dolphin. In the meantime, enjoy proboscis, long tail monkeys and exotic birds ashore.
    Spot the rare river dolphin
    Spot the rare river dolphin
  • Don’t miss a visit to the unique candy-coloured stilt village of Muara Muntai. The charming wooden village is built over a swamp has an 8 km wooden board walk connecting the different areas in the village.
    Muara Muntai boardwalk village
    Muara Muntai boardwalk village
  • Go into the heart of Borneo and meet the friendly and colourful Dayak Kenyah tribe in Lekaq Kidau. Witness and learn their unique art performances, handicrafts, and dances.
    Dayak village Lekaq Kidau
    Dayak village Lekaq Kidau

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