Jungle Kayaking in Kuching, Borneo :: VIDEO

Kayaking on a Borneo river

There are a few awesome adventures to be had when visiting Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo, and jungle kayaking in Kuching is one of them.  It’s a full-on day trip from the city that gets you out into the jungle.  You can find a video of our day on the water below.

We booked this adventure through The Rucksack Rainforest Kayaking in the chilled Sarawak town of Kuching.  They picked us up from our hostel, provided equipment, fed us, entertained us and delivered us home again.  It was well organised, the guide was knowledgable and lovely, and we spent the day with some awesome fellow travellers.  If you fancy kayaking in Kuching, we’d definitely recommend this lot. This day trip is suitable for kids, as double kayaks are used, but the majority of the paddlers are travellers and backpackers of all ages.  You can find Evan’s jungle kayaking Smug Monday post here!

Deep in the mountainous jungle of Borneo, home to orangutans, clouded leopards and hornbills, we spent a very entertaining day paddling downstream, through thick jungle.  No wildlife at all was spotted, possibly due to the chatting, laughing and banter going on in our group.

We hiked along a stream to an ice cold waterfall, visited a local village and learned about local traditional medicine.  The scenery is astounding and paddling through dense jungle is fascinating and surprisingly relaxing.  We had a lovely refreshing swim in the river before getting back to shore just before the afternoon monsoon downpour.  An absolutely perfect day.

Jungle kayaking isn’t the only family friendly adventure to be had in Kuching.  Check out the gobsmacking Semenggoh Nature Reserve to see huge semi-wild orangutan just metres away from you.  And we highly recommend a few days trekking around Bako National Park with deadly pit vipers and proboscis monkeys.  You can read Dez’s tales of bearded pigs and bra-stealing monkeys here.


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