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The Rivers in Kalimantan are highways in to the hinterland regions as infrastructure is still poor in most of Kalimantan's regions. Some paved roads can be found bewteen coastal cities, but routes in to the interior of Borneo can be most easily done over the Rivers.

Tourism River Destinations are the big Rivers as the Mahakam River at East Kalimantan and Kapuas River at West Kalimantan. The Amandit River is famous of it's soft bamboo rafting adventure. The Kayan River brings you in the National Park of Kayan Mentarang, also the Sekonyer River which runs in to Tanjung Puting National Park for an Orangutan Adventure. The Sangata River streams in to the Kutai National Park. The Kedang Kepala as a side River of the Mahakam let you cruise in to Wehea Park.
Along The Mahakam River you can find the Fresh Water Dolphins near Muara Pahu, and at the side River called Rata River. The seven amazing rapids of the Mahakam are an adventure itself, Rafting the rapids can be done by longboat, after the Rapids you can find the Boh River which can bring you in to the Apokayan Region. The Apokayan Region has three Major Rivers, The Barang River, The Kat River and The Kayan River.

The Sesayap River can be found in the noth corner of East Kalimantan and is the highway between Malinau and the hinterland of the Krayan region
Kalimantan River Highways In-To The Jungle

Kalimantan, is the name of Indonesian part of Borneo, the Name Kalimantan means "the River of Diamonds in the Javanese Language. Kalimantan is also know as "The land of the thousand rivers" has a wealth of ecological and cultural treasures that survive deep within the rainforest jungle of Indonesia ’s largest island. Many Rivers can be found, and are Rangked as Longest and or Biggest Rivers in the World. The Kapuas River at West Kalimantan, is with it's lenght of 1100 km the second longest in the world after the Amazon River, followed by The Mahakam River with it's 960 km the third longest river in the world. The Barito is with it's 4 km weight the world biggest River. Not to forget the Kayan River, with it's lenght of almost 800 km. Many small and side rivers can be found all over Kalimantan, famous side Rivers are Landak River as a side river of the Kapuas River, and the Kedang Kepala River as a side River of the Mahakam River. The Kahayan River with it's side Rivers Katingan and Rungan River will bring you in to the deep Jungle of Mystic Borneo Island to explore the tradition of the Dayak Ot Danum. The Sekonyer River brings you in to Tanjung Puting National park, The Kayan and Bahau River streams in to the Kayan Mentarang National Park, with it's side Rivers as the Krayan. 

Rivers are very important transport cannals now-a-days, as Kalimantans development continues, like mining from differant types, as gold, and coal, plantations as palm oil and rubber, has it's transport needs.

For the adventure travelers it is the way to discover the isolated areas along the upper reaches of the rivers. Gere dense jungle and diversity of flora and fauna can be found. The indigenous Dayak settlements along the Rivers of Kalimantan is an ideal way to experience the incredible culture, where village elders practice traditional medicine and mark their status with intricate body tattoos and remarkably heavy ear adornments, we will be warmly welcomed guests in their traditional longhouses. At Borneo you can enjoy a sightful experience of traditional culture and grand diversity of exotic flora and wildlife from black orchids to fresh water dolphins and orangutans, and venture ashore for captivating jungle explorations and unforgettable encounters in our village visits.


The Barito River
The Barito River cascade down from the Meratus Mountain highlands, and is a crucial infrastructure channel between the coast and the deep interior of South Kalimantan. The river highways attract tourists who wants to travel into the jungle regions, and visit the traditional living Banjarese tribes.Wide swamps and lowlands are characteristic of this Indonesian southern Kalimantan province. Some of those rivers, such as the Barito, Martapura and Negara mark the boundary between South Kalimantan and the neighboring province of Central Kalimantan. During high tide, the sea water floods the surrounding marshes, and the Barito river water becomes salty. In the dry season, when the river water decrease, the wells and ponds are filled with sea water, and also become salty. The Barito river environment, however, gives this old town an appeal that is all its own. Rivers surround it and bring life to the town. The busiest trading centers are found in the center of the town, such as at Pasar Baru, Kuripan Market and some modern markets such as the Antasari Shopping Center. The Floating Market of Banjarmasin is a traditional market at the estuary of the Kuin river, a tributary of the Barito.

The Kayan River
The Kayan River streams from Kayan Mentarang National Park in to the Sulawesi Sea. Kayan River Banks has a intriguing ecological wealth which survive deep within the rainforest jungle of Indonesia ’s largest island. Kayan Mentarang National Park ’s dense  jungle have traditionally kept the region isolated from all but the adventurous travelers. Along the upper reaches of the rivers, you can discover the rich Dayak Culture. The indigenous Dayak Kayan and Punan settlements along the Kayan & Bahau Rivers of East Kalimantan as an ideal way to experience the incredible culture, where village elders practice traditional medicine and mark their status with intricate body tattoos and remarkably heavy ear adornments, we will be warmly welcomed guests in their traditional longhouses.

The Kapuas River
Pontianak lies on the Kapuas river where many houses are built over the water and are connected with each other by wooden bridges. Small boats sail up and down the river to transport people and goods from one place to another. Pontianak is known as a producer of oranges, although the fruits are actually grown in the Tebas district, 300 kilometers north of the city. Pontianak has some attractive tourism objects. The city is located on the equator, at the north of the rivers Kapuas and Landak.
The Kapuas is 1,143 kilometers long. It is the most important river in the area, and can be navigated by small boats weighing up to 1.000 tons up to Putussibau, the capital of the Kapuas Hulu regency, 814 kilometers from Pontianak. A small motorboat can even go further upstream.
Pontianak's links with various other cities inside the province and outside are smooth.
From Bengkayang, one can travel into the hinterland and meet the Bekati people, one of the Dayak sub-tribes living in West Kalimantan.

The Mahakam River
The Mahakam springs in the 1500 to 2000 meter high Müller Range, not too far from the border with Sarawak. Before streaming down about 100 kilometers to the first Dayak village, Long Apari, three side-rivers - Apari, Hubung and Kasau - join the Mahakam. After several dozen small mountain villages, the river falls down about 150 meters through several dangerous rapids. Besides several noisy longboat there is no other traffic here. The Dayak along the Upper-Mahakam mainly live from agriculture ( ladang cultures ). Incidental income are gained from birds nests, ratten and washed gold. Because of the hard and dangerous transport through the rapids, basic goods are extensively expensife. Every once in a while a canoo turns upside down: the valuable goods are lost and sometimes also their even more expensife motors. People also get drowned regularly.

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