Come and See Kalimantan - Borneo
The Passion For Adventure Travelers,….. Borneo-Kalimantan
Kalimantan is a world where original culture and nature collide. The Dayak arts are extraordinary. Vibrant designs, the characteristic flowing geometric patterns used in portraying scenes of jungle life, reflect Chinese and Vietnamese Dong Son influences.
The jungle regions of the hinterland are home to 200 Dayak tribes who still live in communal dwellings. While their headhunting activities were left behind during the Dutch colonial period at the beginning of the 20th century, they have kept their original culture influenced by an animistic religion. Hunting in the forest with blowpipes, medicine men and living in harmony with nature are still very much alive.
Kalimantan has an intriguing history of sultanates and traditional Dayak tribes, with a wealth of ecological and cultural treasures that survive deep within the rainforests of the world’s third's largest island. With its legacy of Chinese, Malay, Hindu, Muslim, and Dutch influences, there is a virtual mosaic of traditions flourishing in the bustling seaports and riverside cities to be discovered.
Indonesian part of Borneo is divided into five provinces North Kalimantan (KALTARA) East Kalimantan (KALTIM), South Kalimantan (KALSEL), Central Kalimantan (KALTENG) and West Kalimantan (KALBAR). It has a total territory of 539,500 sq km, it covers almost 30% of Indonesia’s land area, while the population of 16 million people is only 7% of the total Indonesian population.
Despite exploration and development, many areas of Kalimantan are still untouched by the Western world. Tourist facilities are relatively undeveloped and visitors are few. Many Westerners you meet are from the oil and wood booms which began in the 1970s. Good roads are only found near the big coastal cities (there are paved roads between Samarinda and Banjarmasin and around Pontianak), but rivers are the main transportation arteries.
The population of Kalimantan is diverse, thanks to the booming oil, coal, gold and timber industries. Many Indonesians, along with foreigners, have come to Kalimantan searching for work in the last two decades. The native Dayak people live deeper inland along the river banks throughout the interior. Each Dayak tribe has its own dialect and culture, thriving as hunters and gatherers. Other Indonesians consider the Dayaks to be backward because of their previous headhunting and other animist customs. The truth is that they are scrupulously honest by nature, though exposure to Christianity and modern values has muted this trait.
There is no volcanic activity here. The island’s central mountain ranges heavily eroded over thousands of years and are separated by broad river valleys. Kalimantan is crisscrossed by giant rivers including the Mahakam, Barito, Kapuas, and the Kayan rivers.
Even with today’s airstrips and boat connections, Dayak territory is still among the most inaccessible on earth.
Equatour Special Interest Tours - Borneo is dedicated to providing Adventure travelers the tour of their dreams into the deep interior of mystic Kalimantan. We can arrange itineraries to suit the adventure traveler, whether you’re a backpacker or prefer more comfortable “citified” accommodations and transportation. Jungle trekking off the beaten path in search of endangered flora and fauna, including black orchids, orangutans and fresh water dolphins; visits to remote Dayak Punan tribes; river rapids cruises and jungle hiking. These are only some of the adventures that Equator - Borneo offers you.
Our expeditions are a collection of explorations that reflect the particular passions of favorite places. They have been designed for those in search of unforgettable experiences and for those who are adventurous in body and spirit.
Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime challenging Adventure Expedition Tour at Kalimantan!