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Mahakam upstream

Mahakam upstream

Mahakam upstream


Mahakam upstream offers you a beautiful ecotourism and inland cultural experience.

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Mahakam upstream

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The area is rich with Borneo wildlife and local fishermen activity. Especially in the Muara Kaman nature reserve, where you can spot the unique river dolphin, proboscis monkeys, long tail monkeys, hawkeagles. On top of that, you can go fishing on Semayang lake and visit traditional Dayak villages.

Muara Kaman nature reserve is about 3 hours drive from Samarinda.

 

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What to see and do?

nearby Mahakam upstream


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
    Swimming swamp buffaloes


Tenggarong and surroundings

Tenggarong and surroundings

Tenggarong and surroundings


Tenggarong is the capital city of Kutai Kartanegara. The city is also knows as the ‘King’s city’, being the administrative center and residence of the Sultan since 1782.

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Tenggarong and surroundings

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Tenggarong is the capital city of Kutai Kartanegara. The city is also knows as the ‘King’s city’, being the administrative center and residence of the Sultan since 1782. The city has a rich cultural heritage related to the Hindu Kingdom, the Sultanate’s palace, tombs of the Kutai Kings.

An inspiring Dayak experience centre is located in the centre of the city on the island in the Mahakam river. It is built around a traditional Dayak longhouse, where you can learn Dayak culture and history first hand from Dayak story tellers. You can also engage in traditional Dayak activities. Develop your talent as a Dayak dancer, up your hunting skills with a traditional blowpipe and learn the details about Dayak tattoos.

In the vicinity of Tenggarong, you can visit an original Dayak village and live like a Dayak. Submerge in Dayak culture, join the native people of Borneo in their daily activities like fishing and hunting.

Tenggarong is also the hub for wildlife and adventure activities further upstream the Mahakam river. The city is very well accessible by road. A drive from Balikpapan through the Borneo jungle on the paved road takes about 3.5 hours.

There are 3 star hotels in Tenggarong, but you can also stay in one of the pensions, guesthouses or homestays.

 

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What to see and do?

nearby Tenggarong and surroundings


  • An inspiring Dayak experience centre is located in the centre of Tenggarong city on the Kumala island in the Mahakam river.
    Dayak Experience Center
    Dayak Experience Center

  • The Kutai folklore festival is held every year in one of the 3 cultural villages in Kutai Kartanegara. These are the Dayak villages of Lekaq Kidau, Lung Anai and Sungai Bawang.
    Kutai folklore festival
    Kutai folklore festival

  • The Kedaton Kutai Kartanegara was originally meant to be the residence of the Sultan, but has been transformed into a cultural centre to preserve art and culture.
    Kedaton
    Kedaton

  • myborneo-tenggarong-Ling-Ain-Dayak-Village

    Live like a Dayak and submerge in this traditional village of Lung Anai at your own homestay. Learn hunting skills, go fishing, read animal trails, and master your blowpipe skills.
    Dayak Village Lung Anai
    Dayak Village Lung Anai

  • At the charming little wood museum, built from Borneo woods, you can get a good impression of the large variety of trees that grow in Borneo.
    Wood museum
    Wood museum


Samboja

Samboja

Samboja


Samboja is an all-in-one Borneo wildlife and adventure destination close to Balikpapan. It is less than one hour drive from the airport.

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Samboja

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Samboja is an all-in-one Borneo wildlife and adventure destination close to Balikpapan. It is less than one hour drive from the airport. You can visit the wildlife sanctuaries of the orangutans and sunbears, walk the canopy bridge at a height of more than 30 metres, engage in jungle trekking or biking activities in the jungle, or explore the Borneo jungle by boat on the Black River. Not active enough? Pick up a machete and join us in our tree planting programme!

You don’t need to hurry. There are beautiful lodges at the Bangkirai hill and the orangutan sanctuary to stay overnight. So relax after your rainforest adventures and enjoy all that Samboja has to offer in an authentic rainforest ambience.

 

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What to see and do?

nearby Samboja


  • When you prefer to go by bike instead of by foot, you can rent an all terrain bike (ATB) and explore the rainforest through some exciting biking tracks.
    Biking trails
    Biking trails

  • To add to your Borneo adventure, you can go for jungle trekking at Bukit Bangkirai. There are various nature trails available which lead you to the heart of Borneo jungle.
    Jungle trekking
    Jungle trekking

  • In the immediate vicinity of Bukit Bangkirai, you can experience the Borneo jungle by boating the rainforest river of Sungai Hitam. This is the so-called Black River, one of the wetland areas in East Kalimantan.
    Boating black river
    Boating black river

  • Cut the weeds with a machete and find the best places to plant different varieties of native trees. A fulfilling and educational activity to restore the habitat of Borneo’s wildlife.
    Tree planting and research
    Tree planting and research

  • At Bukit Bangkirai, you can enjoy the tropical rainforest of Borneo through a canopy bridge at a height of 30 metres from the ground!
    Canopy walk
    Canopy walk


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