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          Kalimantan Tour Operator in Indonesia,serve Traveling Routes to the Deep Hinterland of Mystic Borneo / Kalimantan Island, as Jungle treks, Dayak indigenous Culture, Adventure trips in area's as the Apokayan, Kayan River, Mahakam River, Barito River, Rungan River, Kahayan River, Katingan River, Kapuas River, Mount Meratus, Kutai Reserve, Kayan Mentarang Reserve, Tanjung Puting Reserve, Camp Leakey, Orangutan tours, Tanggiling National Park, Gunung Palung National Park, Danau Semantrum National Park, Kersik Luwai Reserve, Diving at Derawan Islands, Longhouse Tours, Dayak Hunting Tours, Mahakam Dolphin Tours, tours to Sabah, Sarawak etc, etc. Hotel Reservations, Taxi / Car rental service, Boat rental, Flight bookings we can help to create your own Kalimantan tour program. Covering Whole Indonesian Borneo. Programs are Culture, Nature, and Adventure or a combination of it. Our standard programs can be found at Tour Programs Site from where you can choose a Kalimantan tour package or make a combination of two or more Kalimantan packages. Our Kalimantan Tour Packages covering whole Borneo.For Information crossing the borders between Sabah or Sarawak to Indonesian Kalimantan. Now Kalimantan is crisscrossed by giant rivers including the Mahakam River, Barito River, Kapuas River,Kahayan River,Sekonyer River,Kayan River,Katingan River,and the Belayan River. A wide variety of montane and lowland rainforest, each an important genetic resource and wildlife animal sounds will follow, of monkeys, gibbons, wild ox, wild cats, flying lemur, martins, weasels, fresh water dolphins, orang utans, sun bear, leopard, snakes, hornbill birds, parrots, parakeets, and crested fireback pheasants.many kinds of beautiful butterfliesand meta llic beetles, poisonous polypods, brightly colored millipedes, giant walking sticks, but The main Dayaks are the Bakumpai and Dayak Bukit of South Kalimantan, The Ngajus, and Baritos of Central Kalimantan, Benuaqs,Kayan and Kenyah of East Kalimantan, and the Ibans of West Kalimantan and Malay Borneo, Other populations are the nomadic Punan, which are live nowadays along the Border between Kalimantan and Sabah / Sarawak.Nowadays, the Dayaks indigenous religion is Kaharingan a form of animism which is categorized as a part of Hinduism in Indonesia. The practice of Kaharingan The Dayak Longhouse domicile. Longhouses have a door and apartment for every family living in the longhouse. Kutai National Park is a lowland forest area with a number of principal vegetation types, including coastal/mangrove forest, freshwater swamp forest, kerangas forest, lowland flooding forest, ulin/meranti/kapur forest, and mixed Dipterocarpaceae forest. This Park is also part of the largest relatively pristine ulin forest in Indonesia.Among the plants that grow in this Park are mangrove, cemara laut, simpur, meranti, benuang, ulin, kapur, 3 species of rafflesia, and various orchid species. It is the highest and largest plant recorded in Indonesia.As well as a variety of plants, this Park also has a high animal diversity like orangutan, Mueller's Bornean grey gibbon, proboscis monkey, long-tailed macaque, maroon leaf monkey, white-fronted leaf monkey, pig-tailed macaque, slow loris Teluk Kaba, Prevab-Mentoko and Sangkimah, sambar deer, barking deer,Malay mouse deer,.Carnivore groups such as sun bear and flat-headed cat,Teluk Kaba, Prevab-Mentoko,Teluk Kaba in Kutai National Park orangutan Kaba Bay Sangkimah animals, orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sambar deer,mouse deer, sun bears, Prevab-Mentoko, Kayan Mentarang National Park East Kalimantan province. About half of the reserve consists of species-rich dipterocarp lowland and hill forest Kayan Mentarang.The park is inhabitated by several thousand Dayak and Punan people who live from shifting cultivation.WWF at Long Alango, north of Long Pujungan, Kayan Mentarang National Park, Samarinda Long Ampung Tarakan Long Bawan, or by public riverboats following the Tarakan-Tanjung Selor-Long Pujungan ,Long Ampung. From Long Ampung head for Data Dian, Data Dian.MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) has flights, flying with DAS , MAF. Kersik Luway Melak The Black Orchid, Eheng,Barong Tongkok,Tunjung Dayak Kedang Pahu and Lawa river, in the Mahakam RiverThe cultural heritage of the Dayak Tanjung Putting, Camp Leakey,Tanjung Puting National Park has lowland tropical rain forest, dryland forest, freshwater swamp forest, mangrove forest, coastal forest, and secondary forest.lowland forest plants like jelutung, ramin, meranti, keruing,and rattans.Endangered and protected orangutan, proboscis monkey, maroon leaf monkey, sun bear , lesser Malay mouse deer, clouded leopard, and leopard cat. Indonesia centre for orangutans. There are now three orangutan rehabilitation locations, Tanjung Harapan, Pondok Tanggui, and Camp Leakey.The orangutan of Kalimantan has dark reddish fur and no tail. Tanjung Harapan orangutan trails.Pondok Tanggui: orangutans at Pondok Tanggui. Camp Leakey wild orangutans, and for younger orangutans from birth until three years of age.Natai Lengkuas: bekantan research station, and watching other animals along the river.Buluh River and Danau Burung: watching birds. Tangkiling Reserve, is an Option to Find good wild life and orangutan.Danau Sentarum National Park (DSNP),is located in a remote area of West Kalimantan, Indonesia, and situated close to the Malaysian border of Sarawak.Gunung Palung National Park Nature Reserve orangutans at Gunung Palung.Gunung Palung dense and viable remaining orangutan populations in Kalimantan.The Orangutan the Gunung Palung National Park, located on the western side of Borneo forest and wild orangutan.  Long Ears of Borneo
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Destination :   Apokayan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Main Interest & Things to do :

Dayak Culture Safari Tours and Jungle Trek Expeditions
Jungle Trek can be done in the whole Apokayan area, recommended visit time is 4 or 5 days
Dayak Kayan, and Dayak Kenyah Culture are still intact, Rainforest and traditional farming can be found around almost each village the area of Apokayan
Jungle Trek Expedition Tours can be done between villages

Culture :    Dayak Kayan, Dayak Kenyah, Dayak Punan

Flora & Fauna :   Rainforest & excotic tropical wild life

Starting Point :   Balikpapan or Tarakan


Transport Possibilities :

by Public Bus from Balikpapan to Samarinda airport, continue by flight ( booking has to be done one month in advance, for reservation or schedules please contact us, or see the "Get There" site ) to Long Apung.
By speedboat from Tarakan to Malinau, continue by flight ( booking has to be done one month in advance )to Long Apung.
To Reach Apokayan Overland, from Samarinda, cruise up Mahakam River by public ferry or chartered houseboat till Long Bagun, from here chartered long boats have to be used to get to the Boh River, and cruise up as far as possible, another 3 to 4 days trekking through tropical rainforest and mountains to Sungai Barang, from where you can navigate by chartered motor canoes or hikking to villages in the Apokayan area, estimated travel time to reach Apokayan overland is 8 to 10 days from entry point Balikpapan.

Ending Point :

Malinau, Tarakan or Balikpapan, also possible to Trek via Long Nawang to the area of Kayan River and Long Bawan, trekking time is between 1 and 2 weeks upon weather conditions and destination


Distance to enry point :

1200 Km to from Balikpapan Airport
1400 km from Tarakan Airport

Area Information :

Kayan River
The Kayan river with its tributaries stretches from the border area between Indonesia and Malaysia along the Muller mountain range to its estuary on the south coast of east Kalimantan. Tanjung Selor, at the estuary of the Kayan river, is the capital of the Bulungan regency. This river has a tributary called the Bahau river.
The upstream region of the Kayan river, especially the plateau (400-1,700 meters above sea level), is called Apo Kayan, inhabited by Kenyah Dayaks, who live in the villages of Long Sungai Baran, Lindung Payau, Long Uro, and Long Apung. The plateau is covered with forest and dry fields. The Dayak settlements are found in areas 400 to 800 meters above sea level.

Dayak Kenyah along the Border
Generally, the Kenyah live in umaks, or longhouses of sub-tribes. The Kenyah are divided into several sub-tribes or umaks. The Tukung occupy the furthest upstream village on the Kayan river, Long Sungai Barang. The Tao live in Lindung Payau and Lonh Uro, and Jalan in Long Apung village.
The umak, or longhouse, has many compartments. Each is called a lamin, used by one family. The length of a lamin is five meters. The length of longhouse is between 100 and 300 meters. In the past, there were longhouses 400 meters long. There are flights from the Long Apung airstrip to Samarinda, a 75 minutes flying distance away. Nawang Baru and the umak dado longhouse are not far from Long Nawang, about three kilometres away. The original arts and culture of the Kenyah, and rattan handicraft items, can still be found here. Besides beautiful jungle and mountain scenery, the Apo Kayan region has a refreshingly cool climate and spring.
Long Bawang and Long Berini, in the upstream regions of the Bahau river, a tributary of the Kayan river, can also by reached by plane from Tarakan, or by motorboat from Tanjung Selor.
The river journey up the Kayan river from Tanjung Selor is a rather lengthy one, as it must go through the villages of Tanjung Palas, Long Penjalin, Muara Hilir, Antutan, Mara, Long Beluah, Long Pesok and Long Bia. Giram Raya is a big rapid near Long Pasok, with a length of 275 meters and a width of 55 meters, and gorge with whirlpools and granite rocks. Boats must be carried over land, to avoid the rapid.
There is a row of old graves in the shape of houses with statues serving as pillars in Long Panjungan. The roofs are decorated with wooden figure dragons. Sometimes dances are performed around the village. The people wear masks during the rice planting.


Duration :   Short Get Through Visit 5 to 6 Days by Flight and 14-18 days trekking Overland


Grade :   Challenging



APOKAYAN TOURISM INFORMATION

Kalimantan 's Apokayan area is unique for trekking and expedition through the connected trails that lead you to mostly virgin forest. You can stay overnight in the local houses of the villages. Apokayan area can be reached by plane, or trekking via Mahakam River either Kayan River. In the Apokayan area, the villages can only be reached by foot or chartered motorized canoes. The Jungle Trails range from 2 hours to days in length, depending on the route you choose, camping in the forest may be required, but inform before. The often used Rain Forest Trails are not dangerous if you are careful, but mud and leaches make a trek difficult when it rains. Leaches however are really no problem, your guide will show you how to use tobacco or salt to avoid getting bit. Tobacco and mosquito repellent is a winning combination for the leaches so do bring some repellent.

People:
The Dayak people in the villages at Kalimantan 's Apokayan region are trustworthy, and have a good sense of humor. Almost Each Dayak Tribe is self sufficient, and producing all their own food and supplementing their diet through hunting. Hunting is with either home-made rifles, blowpipes or packs of dogs and spears. In the Apokayan of Kalimantan money is difficult to come by as they are isolated from markets.  You will be warmly welcomed. No one in the area speaks any English, so if you hire another guide at least some knowledge of Indonesian will be required.

When to go:
While it is often Raining at Kalimantan, The more dry period of July-September is the best. The forest is at its loudest, leaches are few, trails dry up and butterflies are plentiful. Although you will have to contend with hot afternoons and lots of honey bees. In recent years the climate has been more difficult to predict than usual. Second-best time is November-December when fruit and wild boar are in abundance. November also tends to be dry and is honey harvesting season.Actually all the months are OK for travel at Kalimantan, while January and February are the months with the most rainfall, but is still a mixture of sun and rain.

What to bring:
If you go of the beaten trail rubber shoes used are highly recommended for traction and comfort, If you're route doesn't involve camping, it is still recommend to bring a sleeping mattress for overstay at local houses. In a homestay, meals and sleeping arrangements, including mosquito nets and blankets usually be provided. If you're camping, buy all food supplies in cities before you go into the hinterland of Kalimantan. In the mountains nights are coldest (down into the low teens), so if you're camping a summer sleeping bag is a good idea. Bring mosquito repellent and anti malaria pills and at least two pairs of knee-high socks for leaches.

Costs:
Kalimantan is a bit more expensive instead of other Indonesian regions, cause of it's bad infrastructure, Guide is needed as almost No one speaks English here.

Getting there:
Access is via one of the following options: - Flights and Ferry Boats From Java, Bali, and Sulawesi Islands are heading up to big coastal cities at Kalimantan as Balikpapan, Samarinda, Tarakan, Banjarmasin,Palangkaraya,Pangkalanbun,and Pontianak. For the latest updates you can e-mail us, we will sent you an updated flight schedule from the point you wish. - Crossing the Border, There are two legal entry points to cross the border, one at the North part of East Kalimantan, from Tawau to Nunukan/Tarakan, and one at West Borneo, from Kucing to Pontianak, both can be done by flight or either overland / sea. Visa's for both of these entry points have to be request at the Indonesian Consulate at Kucing either Tawau before you can enter Indonesia.

For more information see our "Get There" page which you can find at the left navigation table under the "Kalimantan Globaly" chapter.


Degigant Tours is in unanimous agreement for the area's forests to be protected and for more tourists to arrive.

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