Sentarum National Park
The Danau Sentarum National Park is a stunning system of interconnected lakes, channels and creeks which are seasonally flooded by tropical rainfall. Surrounded by high mountains, the park has an incredible collection of wildlife – from thousands of bird species to proboscis monkeys and the occasional Bornean orangutan.
Selimbau is a pretty, little riverside town which is built entirely on stilts and has no cars in the area. Cruises approaching from Sintang will be able to journey along a canal known as the ‘Japanese Short Cut’, dug by the Japanese during the war so the lakes were connected to the main Kapuas river.
The bustling port town of Sanggau is well-known for the large and wide Pancur Aji waterfall, surrounded by exotic jungle and hot springs. In the dry season, the water flow is gentle enough to warrant getting close to the falls or even attempting to clamber up them!
Picturesque Sintang is home to a pretty old town museum and a beautiful Dayak weaving gallery built inside a 100-year-old traditional longhouse at Ensaid Panjang. The area is also renowned for its orangutan rehabilitation centre run by the Jacobson Foundation, as well as the imposing Bukit Kelam, or ‘Black Rock’, which is said to be the second largest monolith in the world after Uluru. If you’re feeling fit you can climb the rock on a rope ladder!