With its source in the highlands of Mount Slamet on the Dieng plateau, the picturesque Serayu river flows rapidly across five districts in Central Java to empty out in the Indian Ocean, south of Java, near the town of Cilacap.
Flowing down from an altitude of 500 meters above sea level , Sungai Serayu covers a length of 30 km with a width of around 12 meters, passing the five districts of: Wonosobo, Purbalingga, Banjarnegara, Banyumas and Cilacap.
Providing a backdrop of steeply sloping mountains and green rice paddies, the Serayu offers challenging rafting tracks and thrills for seekers of an adrenaline rush.
Aside from its swift moving rapids, there are winding river paths with rocks of all sizes scattered randomly in your path, making for a very challenging and exciting adventure rafting along this river.
Rafting on the Serayu starts at the Tunggoro village, Sigaluh sub-District, in theBanjarnegara District in Central Java. The route to reach this location is not difficult to remember being located on the side of the main road linking the cities of Wonosobo and Banjarnegara.
In 1997, the Serayu was chosen as the course for the Indonesian National Rafting Competition.
And it was from this time on that the public became more aware of this river, which flows right through their midst, that possesses such unique and challenging terrain. The Serayu today is one of Indonesia’s most popular rafting tracks, that is very reliable and well worth considering for those who love a sports challenge.
Serayu offers two crossing trips, each of about 12 km. The distance takes between 2 hours to 2.5 hours.
With an approximate width of between 12-12.5 meters, rafting on this river enters into the categories 3 and 4 in rafting terms. Aside from the excitement and challenge of navigating through this river there is also amazing, natural scenery on either side of the river. Another plus to this site is that its water currents and levels are not affected by the rain or lack there of, making the Serayu a suitable all year round rafting destination regardless of season.
Professional rafting operators here offer a variety of excursion packages for water sports activities. The cost per rental package usually comes complete with rafting equipment, including inflatable boats, life jackets, guide services, food, and insurance. Besides rafting, operators typically also provide packages for other activities such as outbound training, paint ball games, and outdoor camping. Food stalls and home-stays at local homes can also be found around this area, which will add to the cultural aspect of your visit to Central Java.
Fishing is another sport to enjoy. In Serayu are found abundant catfish, nila and shrimps.
In addition to being an excellent rafting and fishing location, Sungai Serayu has other tourist attractions. There are several activities and cultural attractions that can be enjoyed at certain times of the year, for example the Grebeg Suro and the Serayu Festival . You can read more about these in the “TO DO” section.
Sungai Serayu is the lifeblood of the five districts in its path and the river’s waters are of very good quality, healthy, and clean. This means that the river which covers approximately 360,639 hectares is also a very useful source of irrigation for the surrounding farmland.