When in Sarawak, a visit to a longhouse is highly recommended to complete the experience. Skrang is an exciting destination for visitors who wish to see and experience life in a longhouse, once the home of notorious pirates and headhunters.
There is a longhouse safari available, which begins with a 4-wheel drive to the banks of the Skrang River. From there, the safari continues by motorised longboat down the shallow Skrang River, occasionally shooting the rapids. A thrilling journey along this scenic river brings you to a series of wooden Iban longhouses.
Or extend your trip by spending the night at a longhouse to experience the traditions and customs of the Dayak Ibans. The highlight of the Skrang River Safari is an evening of entertainment by the longhouse residents, featuring traditional dances and music. Tuak, a specially brewed rice wine, will be served during the evening’s entertainment.
The surrounding jungle is also available for exciting trekking and exploration.
Wear properly strapped sandals on this trip because it may happen that you’ll be asked to jump out of the boat in particularly shallow parts of the river and help the boatman push the boat on to deeper waters.
How to get there
By Road and River
The journey to Skrang is about 232km from Kuching. It takes about 5 hours by road, followed by a 90-minute longboat journey along the Skrang river.
The highlight of this tour is an overnight stay at a traditional Iban longhouse.