Borneo. The name itself is synonymous with "untamed". A Borneo expedition with
End-of-the-Tether is truly unforgettable. Our intimate knowledge of the territory
and ongoing contact with the Tuai Rumahs (heads of longhouses) and Pengulus
(regional chiefs) are crucial in rendering a unique travel experience for our
island has virtually no public transportation -- the road network is undeveloped
because of the sparse population and rugged terrain. Most internal travel is
undertaken by riverboat and, in the smaller tributaries, traditional longboat.
For individual travellers and the uninitiated, trekking into the heart of Borneo
is difficult, time consuming and expensive. Actually, the difficulty of navigating
the territory is a boon to the resourceful traveller, as the deep interior of
Borneo has rarely been visited by outsiders. End-of-the-Tether Expeditions guide
you to the most remote, traditional longhouses to sense a way of life that has
remained unchanged for generations. Hunting remains an essential part of survival,
and potential participants should be comfortable eating wild game, such as boar
increased commercial activity in recent years, the natural beauty of Borneo
has been admirably preserved. National parks in Mulu, Niah and Kinabalu are
the highlights of Borneo's natural treasures. Scaling Mount Kinabalu -- the
highest peak in Southeast Asia -- is a demanding but rewarding task. Of even
greater delight is establishing personal contact with the Dayak tribes. We start
by introducing our expedition members to the cultures of the more progressive
Dayaks such as the Iban, Kenyah and Kayan.
As you become acclimatised to this very different lifestyle (and hygienic practices!),
we take you deep into the heart of Borneo, to the most traditional Dayaks such
as the Ukit and Penan.
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SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READING
Brooke [de Windt], The Hon. Margaret Lili Alice, H.H. The Ranee, My life
in Sarawak (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 1987.
Evans, Ivor. Among Primitive Peoples in Borneo (Oxford: Oxford University
Freeman, Derek. The Iban of Borneo (S Abdul Majeed), 1992.
Harrisson, Tom. Borneo Jungle (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 1990.
Harrisson, Tom. World Within: A Borneo Story (London: The Cresset
Heimann, Judith. The Most Offending Soul Alive: Tom Harrisson and His
Remarkable Life (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press), 1999.
O'Hanlon, Redmond. Into the Heart of Borneo (Vintage Books),
Smythies, Bertram. The Birds of Borneo (London: Oliver & Boyd),
SELECTED BORNEO LINKS
** Borneo conservation deal signed **
Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei reach a deal to protect one of the world most important ecological areas.
Beheading: A Dayak ritual