Picnic With The Penan
For those with limited time this 3 night escape will provide a fascinating glipse into rural Sarawak and the Penan culture. Includes an optional night camping in the forest with the jungle masters. Exact village destination will depend of day of the week departure. Departs Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays from Miri.
The Penan are one of the smallest tribes on the Island of Borneo and only present in a small area of Sarawak and even fewer in Brunei. They are the last of the hunter gatherers and are noted for their practice of 'molong' which means never taking more than necessary.
This trip will be amazing for individuals and groups who are interested in discovering off the beaten locations in rural Borneo. Adventurous activities such as caving, jungle trekking, wilderness living, traditional boat travel and cultural immersion
You need to have a flexible attitude to planning and daily schedules and be prepared for simple repetitive meals.
No wi-fi, no phone signal!
Depart Miri airport for either Long Akah or Long Banga rural airports with MASWINGS. www.maswings.com.my
Upon arrival at airport meet your local Penan guide and continue your journey for approx 90-120 mins along logging road in 4 x 4 to the river transfer. Last chance for any supplies at small shop and then into the longboat ‘dugouts’ for 30-45 mins journey up river to the small Penan village on the banks of the river. Meet your host ‘homestay’ family and settle in. After light refreshments time for a short river and jungle hike or visit local farm. Return to the village for a refreshing wash in the the river. Enjoy local dinner and talk and learn more about remote rural Sarawak lifestyle.
Early wake up for breakfast. Then head up picturesque Borneo river for 30 mins before 2 hour trek to "Hornbill' camp. Set up hammocks and watch and learn as Penan guides show you the secrets of their forest home. At the top of the hill enjoy fantastic views of the rainforest and nearby mountains including sunset with Mt Murud Kecil as backdrop - simply unforgetable!
As an alternative itinerary depending on departure day you may choose to visit different village and trek to one of the largest waterfalls in Sarawak. Ask for more details, also featured in Sarawak's Lost Worlds.
Wake up with the rainforest from your hammock to the gibbons, hornbills and other birds overlooking the forest and surrounding valleys with Mt Murud Kecil in the distance. After simple breakfast, pack up camp and begin trek to waterfall where there is plenty of time to relax and swim. Lunch will be taken here or back at the vilage. P.m Optional activities inc fishing or handicraft lessons.
Evening dinner with your host family.
Departure after breakfast, back down river to the main road and onto to Long Akah or Long Banga airports for return flight to Miri.
End of a short but memorable Penan adventure.