Located on the banks of the Delok River, the Nanga Sumpa Lodge is around four and a half hours by car from Kuching, plus another hour and a half on a longboat from the Batang Ai Lake jetty. It’s a relatively remote area of Borneo, and its basic yet comfortable facilities reflect its location. This award-winning operation was established in 1987 in a partnership between the people of Nanga Sumpa and a local tour operator.
Nanga Sumpa Lodge serves as the base for a range of nature-based activities and excursions, and offers visitors the chance to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the local Iban community. Activities include travelling further upriver by longboat to have a swim at a waterfall, visiting the longhouse and surrounding farms, participating in the daily activities of the Iban people, and jungle trekking on trails along streams and through farmlands to primary rainforest.
Forest Wing – 3 new rooms built in 2014. Rooms are basic with ensuite bathroom and communal verandah. Each room can accommodate up to 4pax and great for families or group of friends wanting more privacy than previously offered.
Ruai Wing – 5 rooms with communal shower and toilet block, and a shared multi-use space.
* Nanga Sumpa Lodge is a jungle lodge located in a relatively remote area of Borneo. The facilities reflect the remote location and are somewhat basic, and accommodation may not be as luxurious as some travellers require. If you are looking for a bit more luxury, the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort by Hilton offers hotel standard facilities and air-conditioned rooms.
Local foods prepared at the lodge in communal setting. Vegetarians and special diets catered for.
The lodge currently consists of an older main building containing the dining area, kitchen and staff rooms, plus two new accommodation Forest & Ruai Wings built in 2014. A generator supplies electricity from 6.30 – 10.30pm to power the main lights and fans. Solar powered nightlights illuminate the public areas, walkways and bathrooms.
You will be accompanied by a nature guide in a small group throughout all your activities at Nanga Sumpa Lodge.
We can also accommodate private guide upon request.
Pick up from hotel at 8:00 AM in Kuching and drive to Batang Ai reservoir. Along the way stop at Lachau Bazaar. Stroll around the shops and the small native market and have an early lunch in a local coffee shop. Then continue your journey, arriving at Batang Ai Lake around 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM. Board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa, arriving at approximately 3:30 PM, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa Lodge.
After breakfast, hike the jungle trails along the river. Then continue upriver by longboat. Our destination is the scenic Enseluai waterfall. Along the way (if conditions are suitable) your boatman may stop to demonstrate fishing Iban-style using a jala or throw net.
Visit Jambu longhouse, which is located approximately 30 minutes upriver from Nanga Sumpa Lodge. Jambu is a relatively small community with 8 families. It is the furthermost and most isolated community on the Delok River. After visiting Jambu, continue your journey upriver.
Arrive at the waterfall and have time to relax, swim and enjoy the rainforest surroundings. Enjoy a riverside BBQ lunch prepared by your Iban hosts. Return to the lodge. Dinner is served in the lodge with local delicacies. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa Lodge.
Breakfast at the lodge. Then free at leisure to relax, swim in the river or take some photos around Nanga Sumpa. At about 11:00 AM, have an early lunch in the lodge. Depart around noon and travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, arriving at approximately 1:30 PM. Then travel overland back to Kuching. Arrive in Kuching at about 6:30 PM and be dropped off at your hotel.
Weather conditions and water level of local rivers may force us to modify the tour in the interests of safety. Itinerary above is for guideline only.
Return land and boat transfer from Kuching, accommodation, meals, activities and nature guide.
Additional carbonated or alcoholic drinks, tips and gratuities.
Comfortable hiking backpack including raincover, head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, your favorite trekking snacks, raincoat, sunglasses, binocular, leech socks, dry-bag, swimwear, good walking/trekking shoes, flip flop, personal toiletries, personal medication and first aid kit, electrolytes (hydration salts), light clothing for trekking.
Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure. Single supplement applies for solo travellers.
Adventurous travelers looking to experience the indigenous culture and lifestyle of Sarawak including river travels and forest hikes without sacrificing too much comfort.