Formerly known as Borneo, Kalimantan is the world’s second largest island. The North and North-western part of the island are the East Malaysian state of Serawak and Sabah, with the newly independent state of Brunei Darusalam between them. The rest of the island is part of Indonesia, divided into four provinces – East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan.
The tremendous outspread of jungles and wilderness, which are so rich in natural resources as timber, gas, oil and coal as well as scenic beauty - are comparable to that of a continent alone. Focal point for most visitors is the mighty Mahakam River, which meanders through thousands of kilometers through one of the world’s largest tropical rainforests, from its headwater near the center of the island.
Its actually near the capital city of The twenty main Dayak tribes, once feared as headhunters have their homes in this river basin, A remarkable varieties of plants and animals life including the famous fresh water dolphins which often accompany boats along the river make a visit to Kalimantan an enthralling venture to a different world.
In year to come the Mahakam river trips are most likely to have a more modern outlook with modern crafts and all possible amenities. Unfortunately under such circumstances the Dayak village would have lost their primitive charm, and a cliché scene of souvenir shops would cluster along the riverside.
The time to take your Mahakam river trip is Now ..!, we hesitate to say that this tours are designed for the vigorous and adventurous visitors, but those taking this tours should be prepared for a degree of unsophistication.
River crafts have usually only one toilet on board, and sleeping accommodation is on the thin mattress, with blankets provided. If your are prepared to put up rite a little roughing up for a few days you will be guaranteed the adventure of your lifetime.
Light and loose cotton cloth is very comfortable, jeans type is not recommended because it is very heavy when wet - the general situation you will be. In the night, the temperature will be lower for a few degrees; thin blankets or sleeping bag is enough. The local people usually use sarong (thin sloth) to protect them in the night.
WHAT TO BRING ALONG
Shorts, hat, sunscreen, lightweight pants and shirts, flashlights, extra batteries, sneakers, sandals, swimsuit, toiletries, sunglasses, insect repellent, rain coat/poncho, packet knife, etc.