Back from the trip to the Krayan Highlands

February 2012 (from Arjan, The Netherlands) “We really enjoyed our time in the Krayan Tengah and Krayan Hulu area and whished we could have spent more time there. At the moment there is little information to be found on the internet about the ecotourism activities in the area. As Christine told us there is a […]

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07-14 May 2010 By Dave F. and Paul C. (MAF Pilots, Tarakan, East Kalimantan)   Day 1: MAF flight from Tarakan to Long Alango (50 minutes) 30 minute hike along a path upriver past various large rapids Ketinting ride approximately 2 hours upriver to Apau Ping.  Various small rapids, ancient burial grounds with large stones.  […]

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The sub-districts of Pujungan and Bahau Hulu, in the Malinau District, and the sub-districts of Krayan and Krayan Selatan, in the Nunukan District, are part of the heart land of Dayak Kenyah, Lun Dayeh, Sa’ ban and other groups who settled this area hundreds of years ago.

The Kayan Mentarang National Park is a vast area of over 1.3 million ha covered with rich montane tropical forest that still harbors some of the most extraordinary wildlife on earth. Traditional practices of Indigenous Peoples have helped shape and conserve the landscape as we see it today. The area straddles the far interior of East Kalimantan, bordering with Sarawak (Malaysia) to the west and Sabah (Malaysia) to the north, in the Heart of Borneo.

Some areas are ideal destinations for ecotourism expeditions and jungle trekking, short- and long-distance, amidst primary and secondary forest. A world of wild rivers adventures, old village sites and archeological remains, traditional culture and village life, and Dayak warm hospitality await visitors.


In 2002, in the heart of Indonesian Borneo, the communities in Hulu Pujungan, Hulu Bahau (Malinau) and the Krayan Highlands (Nunukan) started pilot projects in community-based ecotourism, with the support of WWF and the local government. The main objective was to develop alternative ways to generate income while protecting the forest and the natural beauty of the area. The ecotourism pilot projects are located in the customary land of Dayak people. Part of the area is inside the Kayan Mentarang National Park, the first park in Indonesia to be managed collaboratively with local communities. Involving communities in ecotourism development is critically important in order to achieve broad and equitable benefits. Equally important is that the communities maintain control over the level and kind of tourism they want in their land.


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