3-Day Ulu Batang Ai Wild Orang Utan Safari: Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Advanced

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit a local market on your trip from Kuching
  • Board a native longboat to cross serene Batang Ai Lake
  • Experience the hospitality of the Iban tribe
  • Trek in the rainforest & look for wild orangutans
  • Swim in a clear mountain stream

tour details

Ulu Batang Ai is an area located in the upriver region of Batang Ai in the interior of Sarawak. Bordering the Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary, which together with Batang Ai National Park and Indonesian conservation areas forms the largest trans-boundary protected area of the wet tropics, Ulu Batang Ai is a real rainforest paradise. With its rich dipterocarp forest and clear streams this region is a natural habitat for some of Borneo’s most endangered and magnificent wildlife, such as the orang utan, the Bornean gibbon, sun bears and five of Borneo’s eight hornbill species.

Pick-up from your hotel in Kuching for a 290 km journey with en-route stops at a local market and a stop for lunch at a local restaurant/ caf'e9.
After lunch you will proceed to beautiful Batang Ai lake. Here, you will board native longboats for about 60 - 90 minutes (depending on water level) which will take you to a longhouse. Get to know the Ibans and their families during a tea break. You will be taken on a guided tour around this longhouse and join them in their daily chores. Late afternoon, you may feel free to swim in the blue lake or have a cold shower before your dinner is served.
After dinner in the longhouse, mingle around with the people before you retire for the night.

Accommodation at the longhouse (very simple accommodation).

Basic accommodation in the communal hall of the longhouse with mosquito net, mattress, pillows and blanket provided.

Meals included:Lunch
After breakfast in the longhouse you will take a longboat ride for about 15-30 minutes to reach your jungle trek starting point. From here you will trek deep into the rainforest in search of flora and fauna. Learn about the native jungle 'supermarket' and 'pharmacy'. During you trek you might see orang utan nests, which are built high up in the trees to protect themselves against any predators. A simple lunch, either packed or cooked in native style will be served along the way.
Afternoon, you will arrive at a simple jungle shelter and start to prepare for your overnight here. Take a cooling dip in the crystal clear stream before enjoying a simple dinner, while night falls over the rainforest.

Accommodation at Jungle camping (very simple accommodation).

Very basic jungle tent made of canvas sheets as roof and on the ground, with mosquito net and sleeping bag provided.

Meals included:Breakfast
After a simple breakfast, trek back to the longhouse. Now it's time to say goodbye to your newly found native friends and proceed by native longboat downstream to reach the van for your transfer back to Kuching with a stop for lunch en-route.

Meals included:Breakfast

customise the tour

  • Addon to visit Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre
  • Extend vacation to Miri and Mulu
  • Extend vacation to Sabah
  • Extend vacation to Peninsular Malaysia


  • 1 night accommodation in the communal room of a longhouse with shared sanitary facilities
  • 1 night jungle camping
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guides in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees and/or boat fees as stated in the programme
  • Drinking water available on the vehicles


  • Domestic airfare and/or International airfare to/from Malaysia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Gifts for the longhouse


  • This tour can be combined with a visit of Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre at an additional surcharge.
  • Even if the package is booked on private basis, the boat transfers & activities in the longhouse may be on shared basis in order to minimise impacts on the natural environment or if other circumstances require so.
  • Due to tough trekking under tropical climate conditions, this tour is very strenuous and one is expected to have high fitness level and good stamina.
  • Please travel light for the overnights at the longhouse and the jungle camping. Suitcases can be stored at your hotel in Kuching.
  • Due to primitive conditions in the longhouse, be prepared for some discomfort. You will be accommodated in the community area of the longhouse with no privacy. A mattress, mosquito net, pillow, blanket and clean linen will be provided. Simple sanitary facilities are available. Pets like cats and dogs might be encountered in the communal hall of the longhouse and livestock such as chicken or pigs are roaming freely within the longhouse compound.
  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
  • We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
  • For air ticket reservations, we require the guests' full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS including passport details. Airfares and reservations are always subject to change.
  • Please be advised that prices may be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers and hotel room availability at time of booking
  • This is a quotation only and reservation for services has not been made nor has availability been checked.

  • Backpack
  • Loose-fitting summer clothing
  • Long pants and long-sleeve shirt for the camping
  • Swimwear
  • Sun hat/ cap
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal toiletries
  • Flat walking shoes with good grip
  • Raincoat
  • Torch or flashlight
  • Leech socks (optional; the species of leeches that do occur occasionally cause harmless bites)
Tour code: PKKCUB3A

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