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Batang Ai Longhouse and Orang-utan Search

Tour Code: BAI9

Duration - 3 Days/2 Nights

Unfortunately, due to safety concerns with jungle walking trails (including boardwalks), this tour is currently not being run. The trails in the National Park have not been properly maintained, and everything is now falling apart, making it dangerous to walk on the trails. As safety for our clients is of utmost importance, the jungle trek has had to be cancelled. We hope that some time in the not too distant future, we will be able to offer the tour again.

Day 1

Guiding the Longboat through
the rapids

Guiding the Longboat through the rapids
Depart Batang Ai Resort with your guide by longboat in the early morning, and ride across Batang Ai Lake. The lake is quite large, so it will take nearly an hour until you reach the Ai River. Very soon you will be shooting up choppy rapids. as the river narrows under overhanging trees. The trip to the National Park Headquarters takes about an hour, depending on the water level in the river. Register at the Batang Ai National Park Headquarters. Meet your park ranger and start hiking on one of the National Park trails in search of wildlife. You can expect to walk for about 2 to 3 hours. The park is home to Orang-utans and gibbons, and hornbills, although these are not easily encountered in the area.

A tributary of the main river
at the end of one of the walking trails
A tributary of the main river <br>at the end of one of the walking trails

Picnic lunch en route with an opportunity to swim in the refreshing waters of the river. You will then be picked up by the longboat at the end of the trail and continue down river to the longhouse jetty. From here it is a 30-minute walk to the longhouse through forest and Iban farmland. At Menyang Tais Longhouse - one of the traditional Iban longhouses to be found in the area - you will be the guest of the village chief (Tuai Rumah). You will spend the next two nights here. In the evening, a jungle repast followed with entertainment, Iban style. Overnight in the longhouse. [includes lunch and dinner]

View over Batang Ai Reservoir from
Menyang Tais Longhouse

View over Batang Ai Reservoir from Menyang Tais Longhouse

Day 2

Early breakfast at Menyang Tais Longhouse. Afterwards, hike the jungle trails to Bukit Empeliau. Your destination is Tinting Kara - the lush forest where the Orang-utan are often found (unfortunately, this cannot be guaranteed, as they are, after all, wild animals). Explore the rainforest and have lunch en route. Return to the longhouse mid-afternoon. Overnight in the longhouse. [includes breakfast, lunch and dinner]

Day 3

After breakfast at the longhouse you will spend a little time around the longhouse before heading back to Batang Ai Resort. Reach the resort by lunch time. The lunch time arrival allows you to take the afternoon shuttle bus from the resort back to Kuching if you wish, or alternatively, spend an additional night at Batang Ai Resort. (Breakfast included)

Batang Ai Resort from the Lake
Batang Ai Resort from the lake

Note : This tour involves some long and reasonably hard trekking. It is not a stroll in the park. The longhouse facilities are basic, and you will be sharing with the people in the longhouse. Facilities are basic and include "dip and splash" bathroom facilities, partitioned sleeping areas on raised platforms with mattresses and mosquito nets.

Photographs courtesy of Phil Youdale