Batang Ai National Park is home to Sarawak's oldest Iban settlements as well a number of Sarawak's remaining wild orangutan population. Clean rivers and jungle streams, refreshing waterfalls and undisturbed tracts of rainforest allow you to combine a range of outdoor activities with a longhouse visit in this remote corner of Sarawak.
The Ulu Ai community-based tourism project was established in 1987 between a local tour operator and the Iban people of Ulu Ai to ensure the local community would be directly involved in and benefit fairly from tourism in the area. You will be able to experience the host's culture and community on their own terms, in the knowledge that they are directly benefiting from your stay.
Getting to Batang Ai
Trips to Batang Ai depart from Kuching and transfers from the city are included in the packages below. It takes approximately 4.5 hours by road to reach Batang Ai lake, from there you will continue up river by traditional longboat to the Iban longhouses of Ulu Ai, including Nanga Sumpa Lodge. Lubok Kasai jungle lodge is located a further 30-45min by boat up-river from Nanga Sumpa Lodge (see 4D3N option below).
Staying in Batang Ai
The Iban inhabitants of Nanga Sumpa longhouse in Ulu Ai (a small settlement upriver from Batang Ai lake) wish to welcome visitors to their way of life whilst retaining their privacy and independence. For this reason, a separate accommodation called Nanga Sumpa lodge is set up in partnership with the nearby community of Nanga Sumpa Longhouse. You will be able to enjoy your own private space within easy reach of the longhouse where you will be invited as a guest to share rice wine and Iban tales.
Nanga Sumpa lodge offers simple rooms with communal bathrooms in the Ruai Wing as well as 3 new ensuite "Forest rooms", each accommodating up to 4 people. Accommodation in this remote jungle setting is simple but will be comfortable enough for most visitors.
Lubok Kasai Jungle camp is set up for visitors looking to experience a totally natural and tranquil setting; away from the sights, sounds and activities of a vibrant longhouse. The camp provides clean lodging with western-style toilets, mosquito netting, mattresses and bedding. The true attraction of this basic jungle shelter lies in its stunning riverside location and easy access to the surrounding rainforest and jungle trails.
3D2N Nanga Sumpa
Meet the Iban people at Nanga Sumpa Longhouse, experience the Borneo rainforest, enjoy the pleasures of upriver travel by longboat and spend 2 nights at Nanga Sumpa Lodge on this adventure to Batang Ai.
If you would like to extend your time in the area to enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest then we recommend the 4D3N Nanga Sumpa & Lubok Kasai trip below.
4D3N Nanga Sumpa & Lubok Kasai
Combine a 1 night stay at Nanga Sumpa jungle lodge with 2 nights at Lubok Kasai Jungle Camp. Travel upriver by traditional longboat, trek in search of orangutans, experience the hospitality and culture of the Iban people and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Borneo's rainforest.
Custom tours in Batang Ai
There is a lot to discover in Batang Ai and if you would like to extend your stay beyond 2 or 3 nights, please contact us to discuss other options such as a 5D4N adventure on the "Red Ape Trail", trekking deep in Sarawak's rainforest in search of Batang Ai's orangutan population.