Luxury ship operatory Pandaw is getting set to sail from July 2016, on its new seven-night river expedition on-board the RV Katha Pandaw, exploring the largest river system in Borneo.
Situated in western Kalimantan, the Indonesia part of the island of Borneo, the Kapuas River System flows over 1,100 kilometres and is surrounded by mountain ranges and Borneo rainforest, home to some of the most vulnerable and exotic animals in the world.
The expedition, aptly named ‘Into the True Heart of Borneo’, will voyage over 500 kilometres in the upper part of the Kapuas, navigating the Danau Sentarum system of lakes that connect to the river and are a national park.
The RV Katha Pandaw features 16 well-appointed state rooms, open deck dining, a self-service bar and panoramic promenade decks which wrap around the ship, and is the ideal vessel for such an environment.
Commenting on the new cruise, Pandaw’s founder Paul Strachan said: “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”.
Kalimantan authorities have welcomed the project and shown great support during the planning stages, while the local tribal communities are already planning elaborate welcome ceremonies.
Guests can fly in via Kuching in Sarawak, which has excellent connections to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, or alternatively, into Pontianak, Western Kalimantan, which has daily flights to Jakarta.