Cascade Mahakam River
The Mahakam River Cascade down from the spring in the hearth of Borneo, near the Malaysian Border of Borneo, streams over the East Kalimantan Part into the Sulawesi sea. The five days Cascade Mahakam River tour brings you to the wetlands and big lakes as Jempang Lake into the traditional villages as Tanjung Isuy, to meet the former headhunters with its culture treasures in their longhouse. Now-a-days the Dayak hunt the rain forest for their meat. During this tour you will cruise by Houseboat as being a traditional wooden cruise boat into the middle part of the Mahakam River streams, to explore the statutes, and coffins, as a tradition of their animism believes. The Tattoo and woodcarvings mark the traditions that the Dayak kept hide for all, except the adventure travelers. The Mahakam River is a source of intriguing history and Sultan Kingdoms, who ruled the areas for centuries. During this Mahakam Cruise trip, you will discover a virtual mosaic of traditions flourishing in the bustling seaports and riverside cities of Borneo Kalimantan island from the wide terrain of wetlands and dense Jungle with the Dayak settlements at the river banks. The Mahakam River Safari Tour Expeditions are a collection of exploratories and Indonesia dream destination journeys that reflect the particular passions and favorite places. We created the Borneo adventure tours for those who search a indigenous Dayak Culture in the deep dense jungle with its exotic flora and fauna. Borneo travelers will have an unforgettable experience trip in Indonesia, however, it is designed for those who are adventurous in body and spirit.
CASCADE THE MAHAKAM RIVER CRUISETour Package Duration 05 Days / 04 Nights
Day 01: BALIKPAPAN, SAMARINDA, MAHAKAM RIVER (LD)
Upon arrival at Balikpapan airport, meeting service and transfer to Loa Janan, to board houseboat for exciting adventure on Mahakam river. Meals provided and overnight on houseboat.
Day 02: MUARA MUNTAI, MANCONG, TANJUNG ISUY, MUARA PAHU (BLD)
Short sight seeing at Muara Muntai Wooden village, then crossing Jempang Lake by motor canoe to Mancong. During the cruise you could see Rain forest and wildlife at Ohong creek like monkey’s and birds, Upon arrival at Mancong, welcomed with a traditional ceremony by the Dayaq Benuaq, one of the Oldest Dayak Longhouse of East Kalimantan can be found here, Late afternoon by motor canoe to Tanjung Isuy for sightseeing and continue to Houseboat for dinner and overnight. Houseboat will cruise upstream Mahakam River to Muara Pahu.
Day 03: MUARA PAHU, KEDANG PAHU RIVER, MOUNT BAYAN, TERBISAK, CRUISE UPSTREAM MAHAKAM RIVER (BLD)
Arrive at Muara Pahu, cruise upstream the Kedang Pahu River by canoe for more then one hour by canoe to Mount Bayan to visit Terbisak Dayak village known of it’s Longhouse of the Benauq Dayak tribe which is still habituated by about 100 Dayak people living in their community house, and traditions of dry rise fielding and hunting, continue downstream by canoe, along the river bank, we will enjoy the exotic nature and wildlife as otters, leaf monkeys, endangered roboscis monkeys and birds, before we move to the delta of the Belowan river as a black water peat swamp forest land, with opportunities to spot the fresh water dolphins in the colliding stream of the Kedang Pahu and the Bolowan River. Afternoon, return to houseboat for continue upstream to Melak.
Day 04: MELAK, EHENG, OMBAU ASA (BLD)
Arrive in Melak then drive to Eheng by Jeep / Minibus passing beautiful highland to reach the old longhouse of Dayak Tunjung. Afterwards visit Kersik Luway and explore the forest, if lucky the famous black orchid can be seen. Afternoon to Ombau Asa waterfall, an exciting place for swimming. Return to Melak then board to the houseboat and downstream Mahakam River to Tenggarong.
Day 05: TENGGARONG, BALIKPAPAN (BL)
Arrive at Tenggarong, visiting the former palace of Sultan Kutai Kertanegara. Where you will see the Sultan's impressive collection of heirlooms, ceramic, Dayak's art and culture items. Afterwards by car to Balikpapan airport for your next destination.
Mahakam River FactsMahakam River is a highway of East Kalimantan Province, which can be reached via the main airport Balikpapan, or the local airport Samarinda. The River is almost 1.000km long, and the only way to bring you into the deep interior of East Kalimantan. The main attraction of the lower part are the Lakes, The art full Dayak Culture and Longhouses, the area is covered by mangrove, swamp, and lowland rain forest. The Tourism spots are the Villages and river life, wildlife that can be expected, while not can be a guarantee are proboscis monkeys, fresh water dolphins, and lots of birds. Mahakam River Facts Mahakam River is a highway of East Kalimantan Province, which can be reached via the main airport Balikpapan, or the local airport Samarinda. The River is almost 1.000km long, and the only way to bring you into the deep interior of East Kalimantan. The main attraction of the lower part are the Lakes, The art full Dayak Culture and Longhouses, the area is covered by mangrove, swamp, and lowland rain forest. The Tourism spots are the Villages and river life, wildlife that can be expected, while not can be a guarantee are proboscis monkeys, fresh water dolphins, and lots of birds.
Mahakam River Weather
Day Temperatures 27 °– 32°C
Night Temperatures 20 °– 25°C
Rainfall 4,000mm per year
Wet Months October & June
Dry Months February & August ( but expect daily rain )
Mahakam River Accommodation
Mahakam River has poor accommodation facilities at the villages, The houseboat with Indonesian Styled accommodation as the standard with cold water shower but airconditioned sleeping cabin, will cruise you slowly through the hinterland, enjoying the scenery along the river sliding away
Travel Time & Distance East Kalimantan – Kutai Park
Balikpapan – Samarinda overland 3 hours
Samarinda – Muara Muntai houseboat cruise 14 hours
Muara Muntai – Lakes – Muara Muntai full day
Muara Muntai – Muara Pahu houseboat cruise 6 hours
Muara Pahu – Melak houseboat cruise 6 hours
How To Get There
Balikpapan Sepinggan international airport with direct Flights to Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Tarakan, Berau, Palu, Makassar, Manado, Singapore Samarinda Airport with direct flights to Melak, Balikpapan, Berau, Tarakan, Nunukan, Long Apung, Tanjung Selor ( ATR – Airvan planes )
Things To Bring
Towel, soap and personal needs
Waterproof bag (for documents and electronics)
Mahakam River Culture & Wildlife
The wildlife is exotic, lots of water birds, along with the endemic proboscis monkeys, and other forest denizens including clouded leopard, leaf monkey, macaque, pangolin anteater, tiny tarsier, lizards, and pythons. The Tribal Cultures on the way are more then 40 tribes, with all their own cultural believes and art, from longhouses, to earlobes and tattoo’s
East Kalimantan Province area is 145,534 square kilometers, with a 3 million population