Larz and Lisa are the real thing - genuine people with a true passion for life in the jungle. At Kura Kura Homestay, they open their beautiful home to their guests, and let you into their lives in the jungle.
Your time with Larz and Lisa will most likely start as ours did - with a mini van pick up from Kuching. A quick stop was made on the way at a local market frequented by people from the surrounding jungle villages where they sell their produce - all kinds of varieties of organic fruits and vegetables, and seafood, meats, and poultry. This is the last call before Lisa's home village, a further thirty minutes drive away. Upon arrival at Lisa's home village, the mode of transport changes from mini van to longboat for the twnety minute ride up the Sarawark river to their remote home in the jungle.
Kura Kura homestay is a simple affair, so don't expect luxury. Lar's and Lisa's way of life is very much back to the basics, and that's just the way they like it. They make use of solar power, grow a large vegetable garden, go 'jungle shopping' for food, recycle, and use rain water for alot of their water needs.
The rooms are private but small, and have the necessities - a bed with bedding and towels, mosquitoe net, desk, chair, mirror, and a fan. This is mainly out of practicality as it is diffictult to move large, heavy objects upriver on a boat (there is no access road). Most of your time will not be spent in your room anyway. We found that sitting on the deck overlooking the tranquil jungle surroundings, and chatting Lars and Lisa and other guests was much more entertaining than sitting in our room.
Your experiences at Kura Kura will depend on what you want to do, the weather, and how much time you have. For us, it was part of our honeymoon and we booked two nights and three full days. My husband got sick from eating some street food at the Sunday markets the day before our pick up, and so he didn't have much energy for long trecks into the jungle, but this can be arranged, and there are alot of interesting places to visit. We took a boat ride upriver to the entrance to a mountain cave, and then hiked back through the jungle on the narrow trails used by the local villagers for their farming and rubber sap collection. We also took a dip in the Sarawark river, saw a traditional longhouse, went to an orchid garden, saw orangutans at Semongok Wildlife Village, and did alot of bird watching from the deck.
The jungle is thick, and teeming with wildlife. Lars, and Lisa in particular because she grew up in the area and it is her family's village land, are very knowledgable on the area. We found out so much from them about the traditional usages of the plants and trees, like what can be eaten and what is poisonous, what can be used for medicine, and how to take care of yourself in the jungle.
What else can I say about Kura Kura other than that we had an unforgettable time. There was great food cooked in traditional ways using fresh ingredients from the jungle and markets, local wine and beer, all shared over good company and much laughter. We will be back to see Lars and Lisa again, hopefully for an anniversary in a couple of years to come, and we have a great respect for their way of life.
*** Travel lightly. If you have big bags, as we did, you can take out what you need for your stay and put it into an overnight bag / backpack, and leave the rest at Lisa's parents house.
*** Bring insect repellent.
*** Ask Lars and Lisa before you come if there is something they need from your home country (if you have room in your luggage and are so inclined to offer this courtesy).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kurakura Jungle Homestay is a place to explore the wildlife surrounding and to escape from the city stress. You'll find us next to the Sarawak river, a paradise surrounded by the rainforest of Borneo. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kurakura Homestay Hotel Kuching
- Kurakura Homestay Kuching, Sarawak