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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


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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


  • In the sultanate palace, you can see the king’s throne, royal jewellery and learn the history of the oldest Hindu Kingdom.
    Sultanate palace and Kutai Kingdom tombs
    Sultanate palace and Kutai Kingdom tombs

  • Kota raja

    The Kota Raja Festival is held every year for a month to celebrate the anniversary of Tenggarong city. The spectacular events are a mix of traditional and contemporary art performances.
    Kota Raja Festival
    Kota Raja Festival

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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


  • 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

  • Visit myborneo Sunbear Sanctuary

    Visit one of the most threatened bear species in the world. You can experience the sunbear, which is native to the tropical rainforest in Borneo, from special viewing platforms.
    Sunbear sanctuary
    Sunbear sanctuary

  • 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

  • Visit the Borneo Orangutan Survival sanctuary. An experience of a lifetime, to get up close with these beautiful primates and find out how they are prepared to return to their natural habitat.
    Borneo Orangutan Survival
    Borneo Orangutan Survival

  • 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


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