The luxury river cruise line, Pandaw, now offers travelers the best way to explore Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. Named for the river it plies the newly refitted vessel joins the Pandaw family in February 2017. Borneo is the next big thing for Pandaw aficionados. In fact, nearly all 2017 Borneo cruises are fully booked, completely with Pandaw regulars.
Explore deep into the heart of Borneo on a river expedition on the Kapuas River system, the largest in Borneo flowing over 700 miles through Kalimantan. The river basin is surrounded by mountain ranges and filled with rainforest, with some 15,000 species of flowering plants, 221 species of terrestrial mammals and 420 species of resident birds.
There are about 440 freshwater fish species in Borneo (about the same as Sumatra and Java combined). It is the center of the evolution and distribution of many species of plants and animals. The Borneo rainforest is one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean orangutan. It is an important refuge for many forest species, including the Borneo elephant, the eastern Sumatran rhinoceros, the Bornean clouded leopard, the Hose's palm civet and the dayak fruit bat.
The one week expedition will cover the upper part of the Kapuas between Sanggau and Lanjak, a voyage of over 300 miles that includes traversing the Denau Sentarum system of lakes that connect to the river that are now a national park. This will be a truly pioneering expedition into a rarely visited area where the main attraction will be the scenery, wildlife and tribal village life. For more information and to make a reservation – there are still a few cabins available for 2017 – go to www.pandaw.com.