Loksado lies in the southern part of South Kalimantan, around five hours from the capital Banjarmasin, and is a good base from which to go trekking on the Meratus Mountains plateau. It is around 165kms from Banharmasin and 40kms from Kandangan and is one of unique scenery. The best part about Loksado is the traditional longhouses used by the Dayak folk that lie dotted around the countryside. There are also some pretty cool river markets.
The trekking to the Meratus Mountains between Loksado and Haratai over the mountains is the most impressive feature of this region. Bamboo rafting on the Amandit River is part of most trek tours. Walks go over bridges, through forests and past many villages.
Activities : Jungle Trekking, visit the Meratus Dayak Longhouse, Bamboo rafting.
Getting there Loksado is best accessed by bus from Banjarmasin, with the journey taking around 5 or 6 hours to reach the town. Syamsuddin Noor Airport in Banjarmasin is the main airport in the area, with flights from Jakarta taking around 2 hours.
Recommended tour package: BAMBOO RAFTING & DAYAK ADVENTURE
The Meratus Mountains is a mountain range in the Indonesian province of South Kalimantan, on Borneo Island. The mountains are inhabited by the "semi-nomadic" Meratus Dayak people. In the 1990s the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation reintroduced 350 orangutans into the protected Meratus and Sungai Wain forests. Due to extensive deforestation the ecosystem of the mountains, including many flora and fauna species are endangered. Traditional Dayak villages are also disappearing.
Experience yourself rafting in the river with Bamboo. Bamboo raft is one kind of transportation, and also one kind of fun activity to be done in the river.
The bamboo were tied up together, forming a square floating floor and can be use to cruise along in the water.
Normally a Bamboo Raft can lift up to 3 persons, depending on the size and the strength of the bamboo.
The name of “Dayak” is derived from the word meaning “inland” or “upriver” people. Many anthropologists have stumbled in their attempts to classify the variety of Dayak into neat categories. The variation in languages, art styles, customs and history are too great. Even the broad “inland tribes of Borneo” has important exception.
Much of the confusion stems from a long history of large and small scale migration within Borneo, a result of population pressures, warfare and communications.