Kapuas River

kapuas_artikel6.jpgThe Kapuas River at Indonesia Borneo Island is the Longest in Indonesia, and the second longest river in the world. The Kapuas River as a Highway into the hinterland, brings you to the Dayak Tribes, where you can explore the ecological wealth and traditional cultural treasures that survived deep throughout the years in the rainforest jungle of Borneo as Indonesia ’s largest island. With it’s legacy of Chinese, Malay, Hindu, Muslim, and Dutch influences, one can discover a virtual mosaic of traditions flourishing in the bustling seaports and riverside cities of Borneo. Kalimantan ’s dense jungle and wide terrain of wetlands have traditionally kept the region isolated from all with exception of the adventurous travelers. Along the upper reaches of the rivers, you can discover the rich traditions of the Dayak Culture. The indigenous Dayak tribes with their settlements along the Rivers of Kalimantan is an ideal way to experience the incredible culture, where village elders practice traditional medicine and mark their status with intricate body tattoos and remarkably heavy ear adornments, we will be warmly welcomed guests in their traditional longhouses. At Borneo you can enjoy a sightful experience of traditional culture and grand diversity of exotic flora and wildlife from black orchids to fresh water dolphins and orangutans, and venture ashore for captivating jungle explorations and unforgettable encounters in our village visits.
Pontianak lies on the Kapuas river where many houses are built over the waterline and are connected with each other by wooden bridges. Small boats sail up and down the Kapuas river to transport people and goods from one place to another. Pontianak is known as a producer of oranges, although the fruits are actually grown in the Tebas district, far upstream north of the city. Pontianak has some attractive tourism objects. The city is located on the equator, at the north of the rivers Kapuas and Landak.
The Kapuas is 1,100 kilometers long and is the most important river in the area. The Kapuas River can be navigated by small boats weighing up to 1.000 tons up to Putussibau, which is the capital of the Kapuas Hulu regency, 800 kilometers upstream from Pontianak. A small motorboat can even go further upstrea, untill Tanjung Lokan as the last village along the Kapuas River.
From Bengkayang, one can travel into the hinterland and meet the Bekati people, one of the Dayak sub-tribes living in West Kalimantan.
The Sompu Waterfall is not less attractive. It is three meters high and is surrounded by dramatic scenery. It can be reached either over land or over the Kapuas river. An inscribed stone is found in the Nangmahap district, near Pahit, on the Tekaret river. It is believed to date from the fifth century and bears the relief of the phallus symbol as well as inscriptions in Palawa script, proclaiming some of the tenets of Buddhism. The stone is rather huge. The highest part is 9.90 meters tall. It is 5.10 meters wide and the circumference is 15 meters.
Putussibau is the capital of the Kapuas Hulu regency, 816 kilometers from Pontianak. It is can be reached by boat over Kapuas river. The river between Pontianak and Putussibau can be navigated by boats weighing up to 1,000 tons. Small motorboats or canoes can sail as far as Sibau village, further upstream. Cane races are occasionally held by the Dayak people. Near the villages Nanga Bunut and Nanga Embaluh, interconnecting lakes are found, as Lake Sriang, Lake Luar, Lake Sentarum, Lake Bekuan, Lake Geneli, Lake Tang, Lake Merekas and Lake Kemeryan. The mountains in the upper stream of the Kapuas are Betung, Uluselua, Harung and Piabung. A Dayak longhouse is found at Melapi village, and stone axes from prehistoric times can be seen in Naga Belang.

The Kapuas River Adventure 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 it’s 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.

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