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Operated By Borneo Adventure

Ulu Ai, Sarawak, Malaysia

A visit to a longhouse is often the highlight of a trip to Sarawak, offering a glimpse into the lifestyle of the various tribes who have for generations lived in the remote interior of Borneo. While there are many areas in Sarawak where longhouses can be visited, Ulu Ai is one of the best. What makes Ulu Ai so special is the natural environment and stunning scenery. Clean rivers and jungle streams, refreshing waterfalls and undisturbed tracts of rainforest allow you to combine a range of outdoor activities with a longhouse visit.

Accommodation at Nanga Sumpa Lodge

Borneo Adventures tours and activities at Ulu Ai are centred on our Nanga Sumpa Lodge. Located on the banks of the Delok River, approximately a 1 hour longboat ride from the Batang Ai Lake, Nanga Sumpa Lodge provides clean lodging with western-style toilets, mosquito netting, mattresses and clean bedding. The lodge has a total of 18 rooms with raised sleeping platforms. The majority of the rooms accommodate 2 people. There are two larger rooms that are suitable for families and can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. The lodge has flush toilets, showers and piped water supply. A generator runs from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm. After this traditional oil lamps are used to light the lodge. Meals are prepared in the lodge and usually feature beef, chicken and sometimes fish, as well as fresh jungle vegetables, fruit and other local delicacies.

Nanga Sumpa lodge is located in a relatively remote area of Borneo. The facilities reflect the remote location and are somewhat basic. Many of our guests dont mind this as the beauty of the area and the Iban people are the real attractions. However, we appreciate that the 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. This resort is located on the shore of the Batang Ai Lake.

Activities & Excursions

The lodge serves as a base for a range of nature-based activities and excursions and offers visitors the chance of learning about the culture and lifestyle of the Iban community who live in the nearby longhouse. Activities at Nanga Sumpa 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 that take you along streams and through farmlands to primary rainforest. Orangutan live in the Ulu Ai area and sometimes it is possible to see the man of the forest in its natural environment.

For further information please contact: Borneo Adventure 55 Main Bazaar, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Tel: +6082-245175 Fax: +6082-422626 Email: