Welcome to Kapit
The main upriver settlement on the Batang Rejang, Kapit is a bustling trading and transport centre dating back to the days of the 'white rajas'. Kapit's lively markets reveal its importance as a trading hub for the surrounding longhouse communities. The main activities here include wandering the docks and markets to see what is being traded, and to visit Fort Sylvia, which dates back to 1880. A number of nearby longhouses can also be visited by road or river, but it can be difficult for independent travellers to just turn up and find a good local guide.
Fans of Redmond O’Hanlon’s Into the Heart of Borneo may remember Kapit as the starting point of the author’s adventures. Kapit retains a frontier vibe and is just the place to begin your own adventure up the Batang Baleh.