Batang Ai National Park
BORNEO EXPLORATION TOURS & TRAVEL

76, Wayang Street,
93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Tel: 6082-252137 Fax: 6082-252526
KKKP Reg. No: KKKP 2213
Spread over 24,040 hectares, this beautiful national park is one of the world's wildest. Visitors may have to help push their boats upstream.
Batang Ai Lake stretches up the Engkari and Ai valleys. The rivers are fast flowing but clear and very refreshing.
BATANG AI NATIONAL PARK


DURATION: 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS OR LONGER
DEPARTURE: DAILY AT 8:30AM VIA KUCHING
GRADE: STRENUOUS

Spread over 24,040 hectares, this beautiful national park is home to one of the world's most endangered species, the Orang Utan. Besides being home to many other protected wildlife like the hornbills and baboons, it is also the water catchment area to Sarawak's only artificial lake. This huge lake stretches up the Engkari and Ai valleys. The dam is part of the Batang Ai Hydro-electric complex.
Beyond the artificial lake, more than an hour's boat ride upriver from the dam, visitors can see beautiful lowlands with mixed dipterocarp forest and drooping trees overhanging the rivers. River transport is the main mode of communication here. The rivers are fast flowing but clear and very refreshing. During the dry season during mid-year, the water level gets quite low and visitors may have to help push their boats upstream - an enjoyable experience.
Another major attraction upriver is the Iban longhouses. Visitors can get to experience the authentic longhouse atmosphere as most of the longhouse dwellers still practice traditional lifestyle. The Ibans also produce local handicrafts like their ceremonial blanket "Pua Kumbu", rattan backpack 'selabit", rattan mats and even gourd for collecting water.
At the moment, the National Park does not have any visitor facilities yet. Visitors will have to put up at nearby longhouses. For visitors seeking luxurious accommodation, Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort is nearby. Trails are now available in the park. There are 4 trails to choose from along the contour of the Park and they pass through mixed dipterocarp forest, old secondary forest, active shifting cultivation and ancient burial ground.
The Park is located about 250 km from Kuching City. The uniqueness of this Park lies in the fact that it has the local communities involved in its management. The communities have formed a cooperative called "Kooperasi Serbaguna Ulu Batang Ai' and is helping the Forest Department to conserve the park. All boats used by our company are catered by the cooperative and all the funds contributed are kept within the community for continued development purposes.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Pick up from your hotel in the morning driven through country road for 5 hours over 250 Km passing by pepper, rubber and cocoa plantations amidst green mountainous scenery with 3 stops along the way - first at Serian, a small town to buy some presents (Guide will advise) for the natives; secondly for lunch; lastly at a pepper plantation. Arrive at Batang Ai boat jetty in mid afternoon where a motorized longboat await to take you through the scenic Batang Ai Blue Lake and upriver for 1˝ hours to Meyang Longhouse. There you will see among other things antique Chinese jars and some 25 families living together under one roof in a 200-meter long longhouse. In the evening, you will feast with the longhouse's chief and folks with traditional dinner and cultural dances. Overnight in the longhouse. (Lunch & Dinner)

Day 2: Breakfast in the longhouse. Morning, proceed by longhouse (1 ˝ hours) upriver through rapids to Batang Ai National Park. During dry periods, the water level gets quite low and visitors may have to help push their boats upstream - an enjoyable experience. Settle down along the contour of the Park as the Park has yet to be opened to the public officially. Spread over 24,040 hectares, this beautiful national park is home to one of the world's most endangered species, the Orang Utan. Besides being home to many other protected wildlife like the hornbills and baboons, it is also the water catchment area to Sarawak's only artificial lake. Join your Iban boatmen and trekkers in building your makeshift camp. Prepare lunch with a mixture of fresh and canned ration cooked in bamboo pots over bon fire along the bank of the river. Beyond the artificial lake, more than an hour's boat ride upriver from the dam, visitors can see beautiful lowlands with mixed dipterocarp forest and drooping trees overhanging the rivers. River transport is the main mode of communication here. The rivers are fast flowing, clear and very refreshing. Afternoon, start trekking along the contour of the park to study its rich flora and fauna and wildlife. Dinner and overnight in the camp. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3: Early morning, be more observance of the Park’s rich birdlike. Breakfast. Morning, proceed for a more strenuous trail. There are 4 trails to choose from and they pass through mixed dipterocarp forest, old secondary forest, active shifting cultivation and ancient burial ground. Packed lunch provided along the way. Dinner and overnight in the camp. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4: Breakfast. Return to Meyang Longhouse. Upon return to the longhouse, take time to relax while finding opportunities to study the longhouse way of life more thoroughly. Experience the authentic longhouse atmosphere as most of the longhouse dwellers still practice traditional lifestyle. The Ibans also produce local handicrafts like their ceremonial blanket "Pua Kumbu", rattan backpack 'selabit", rattan mats and even gourd for collecting water. Lunch, dinner and overnight in the longhouse. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5: Breakfast. After breakfast, return to Kuching via the same way with lunch enroute. Arrive Kuching by mid afternoon. (Breakfast & Lunch)

INCLUDES

* Tours as per itinerary
* Accommodation in longhouse & makeshift camp with basic sleeping facilities
* Meals as specified
* Tour Guide
* Air conditioned vehicle and boat trip
* Entrance fees

EXCLUDES

* Airfares
* Personal incidentals
* Items not mentioned

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Last Updated: Labor Day May 1, 2000

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