Bamboo Rafting in Amandit River, South Kalimantan Province - Indonesia
Nature tourism keeps boredom and stresses away. Moreover, tourists have many options when it comes to an adventure and exploration. For those visiting South Kalimantan Province, they should never miss the opportunity to visit Amandit River, which is the home of a famous activity called bamboo rafting. The location is in Loksado Sub-District and belongs to South Hulu Sungai Regency. As the name suggests, this activity involves a bamboo raft instead of an inflatable boat. No wonder, it feels more challenging for tourists. Not to mention it becomes a new experience for everyone.
In terms of nuance, Amandit River has a distinct characteristic as compared to other rivers (especially those that reside in Sumatra and Java Island). The size is moderate, but it has clear water. Plus, the river is surrounded by lush trees and pristine environment. During rafting, tourists may also see several traditional houses of Dayak Tribe who lives in Meratus Mountains. When it comes to the cascades, it is moderate. That means it won’t be challenging if tourists use an inflatable boat to explore the river. On the other hand, it feels so thrilling if they ride a bamboo raft!
Enjoying Bamboo Rafting in Amandit River
Some people may wonder how to ride such bamboo raft. Have no worries. They won’t ride it alone, as jockeys are available to help them later. Moreover, they have both the skill and experience regarding bamboo rafting. These people use a bamboo pole to navigate the raft! They look swift and experienced, so tourists can enjoy such activity comfortably. On top of that, the fee is quite cheap despite the time of visit.
In terms of size, the bamboo raft has the length of about 3 meters and it has the width of 1 meter. That means a raft can accommodate about 4 people, including the jockey. In the middle of the raft, tourists may find a pile of bamboos used as a bench. Here is the challenge. There is no grip or ropes, so everyone should depend on their balance in order to avoid getting thrown into the water. Fortunately, some buoys are available for tourists to use when they fall into the water.
During rafting, tourists may encounter several stones and moderate cascades. Despite the challenging experience, the raft is considered safe due to its size. Plus, the jockey is quite experienced. As for the tip, it is recommended to carry a camera while rafting. Tourists can take beautiful pictures while exploring the river, including natural attractions and activities of Dayak Meratus Tribe on the riverside. The endpoint is Tanuhi Village, actually. It is the home of a natural hot spring, so make sure to take a bath there.
- Meratus Mount
- Malaris Waterfall
- Meratus Mountains
- Tanuhi Hot Spring
How to Get There
From Martapura City, a trip to Amandit River may take about 2 hours and 50 minutes. It is because the distance is 124 km. The first destination is indeed South Hulu Sungai Regency. Next, tourists need to visit Laksado Sub-District and reach the river directly. A post where tourists can rent the bamboo rafts resides there.
Where to Stay
- Alam Roh Tujuh Resort
- Bambu Inn
- Amandit Guesthouse
- Gumbil Hotel