New River Expedition in Borneo

Luxury river cruises operator Pandaw will launch a new seven-night river expedition - Into the True Heart of Borneo – along the Kapuas River in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, with departures from July 2016.

The Kapuas River is the largest in Borneo flowing over 1,100km, fringed with rainforest and surrounded by mountain ranges. The seven-night expedition onboard the RV Katha Pandaw, which features sixteen well-appointed state rooms, a self-service bar and panoramic round ship promenade decks, takes in the upper part of the Kapuas - a voyage of over 500km that traverses the Danau Sentarum National Park.

Passengers will be amazed by the 140 million-year-old Borneo rainforest, which boasts 15,000 species of flowering plants, 221 species of terrestrial mammals and 420 species of resident birds.  It is also one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean orangutan and is an important refuge for many forest species, including the Borneo elephant, the Eastern Sumatran rhinoceros, the Bornean clouded leopard, the Hose's palm civet and the Dayak fruit bat.

Guests can fly in via Kuching in Sarawak (in Malaysian Borneo), which has excellent connections to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, there is an option to fly into Pontianak, the capital of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, which has daily flights to Jakarta.

Cruise-only prices start from US$2,350 per person, based on two people sharing a main deck twin cabin.

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