Replies: 4 - Last Post: Dec 29, 2011 3:44 AM Last Post By: Thomassamoht
Dec 22, 2011 11:37 PM
Im planning to go up the Mahakam from Samarinda and see how far I can reach in 4-5 days, then go back.
Is Samarinda a good startingpoint, or should I start more upriver, kotabangun or further? Id like to see the changing landskape and explotation of it by the river, but would also like to reach the more untouched rainforest and villages upriver.
Im planning a normal public ferry in the beginning and then swich to motor canos upriver. Any tips on what the prices are, and where to get ticket/organize?
Will also do Kutai if enough time, love to see the orangutang:)
I guess pulau derawan is difficult to reach at this time of year?
Dec 23, 2011 5:02 PM
I'm afraid not much forest left around Mahakam river. I'd recommend you try Kayan River from Tanjung Selor instead. Five years ago we went by public boat one day up, then another two days by combination of trade boats and chartered longboats plus one day walk we reached interesting Dayak villages and good forest. There used to be WWF station there.
Five years is long time in Indonesia but I really hope that forest is still there.......
Enjoy your trip
Dec 25, 2011 7:56 PM
2I was in Kutai in September and can highly recommend it. There is still old-growth rainforest around
Camp Kekap and the Kyoto Hut (the place to stay should you go) My LP-recommended guide, Suradyi,
described the best area of the Mahakam around Mancong as only extending about 100 meters from the
river. Tragically, beyond that immediate area, the forest is gone. Kutai National Park is about 4 hours
from Samarinda. And travel around Kalimantan takes longer than any other place I've visited. Just
remember that we're talking Borneo!
Dec 28, 2011 6:02 PM
3The only decent rainforest left along the Mahakam is way upriver, beyond Long Bagun.
You could get there in 4-5 days OW, but not RT.
Start in Kota Bangun - the public boas are very cheap.
Kutai is the place for wild orangutans.
I think you can reach Derawan year-round, but you will need time...
See the Kalimantan link in my signo line for more.
Dec 29, 2011 3:44 AM
4Thanks for tips.The plan was to go further upriver after long bagun. So you would recommend car directly to Kota bangun? Do you know approx what price we should opt for from Balikpapan to Kota bangun? Yes I'm reading your articles:)
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