A remote region in the heart of Borneo’s Sarawak state, Batang Ai National Park consists of over 24 square kilometres of dense jungle, winding rivers, and a large manmade lake. Offering a mix of cultural and natural attractions, Batang Ai has the highest orangutan density in central Borneo and is also the home of the Iban Tribe, Sarawak’s largest indigenous ethnic group.
Those who make the journey by road and river into Batang Ai are rewarded with both outstanding natural beauty and a rich tribal culture unlike found anywhere else in Borneo. A popular destination for nature-based tourism, visitors to Batang Ai can enjoy boating excursions, kayaking, fishing, nature walks and trekking along a number of trails through prime orangutan habitat.
Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of visiting Batang Ai is to interact with the Iban Tribe, an indigenous group once known for their headhunting traditions. This practice has since died out, but the Iban Tribe still hold a distinctive way of life that has remained largely unchanged for centuries. One of the most popular ways to interact with the Iban tribe is to visit a longhouse where Iban communities live together under one roof.