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Overview

Encounter orangutans in the wild, cruise jungle-shrouded rivers, learn about conservation efforts and soak up the sounds of the rainforest. This four-day journey through Tanjung Puting National Park features all this and more. Staying in an eco-lodge and traveling by traditional river boat, experience one of Indonesia’s most diverse ecosystems.

Trip Highlights

Kalimantan Orangutan Explorer

Cruise through Tanjung Puting National Park

- Board a local klotok boat for excursions through the Park to spot proboscis monkeys, hornbills and other exotic wildlife.

See orangutans in the wild

Visit three feeding platforms, watching orangutans swing down from the trees to feast on fruits.

Sleep amid the jungle

Stay in a solar-powered eco-lodge in the heart of the rainforest, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle.

Itinerary

1

Pangkalanbun – Kumai River - Rimba Lodge

Pangkalan Bun Airport - Kumai River Port: 20 minutes

Welcome to Pangkalanbun, the entry point to Central Kalimantan.

Recommended flights (not included in package and quoted separately – airfares and schedules subject to change without prior notice):

  • Garuda Indonesia from Jakarta to Pangkalanbun (via Semarang) Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun with GA234, departing from Jakarta at 09:35 and arriving in Semarang at 10:50, continue with GA7527, departing from Semarang at 12:50 and arriving in Pangkalanbun at 14:10.

Upon arrival at Pangkalanbun Airport you will be greeted by your local guide and transferred to the Kumai port to board local Klotok boat for a scenic journey along the Kumai and Sekonyer River.

Start your navigation first on the wide Kumai River and after 30 minutes enter the much smaller Sekonyer River that marks the board of the Tanjung Puting National Park. The lush vegetation along the river bank first consists of Nipa palm (a palm tree only found near estuaries as they grow in salty water), slowly replaced by Pandans trees 

Lunch is served on board.

After 2 hours of navigation you’ll reach the Rimba Lodge, an eco-lodge located on the edge of Tanjung Puting National Park and only accessible by boat. This area is notable for its ecologically and biologically diverse areas with mangrove swamps, rain forest and dense jungles filled with primates, leopards, lizards and more than 250 bird species.

Check in at the lodge and rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is served at the lodge restaurant.

Overnight at Rimba Lodge.

2

Rimba Lodge – Camp Leakey – Rimba Lodge

Rimba Lodge – Camp Leakey: 3 hours upstream by klotok Camp Leakey - Rimba Lodge : 2h30 downstream by klotok

After breakfast at Rimba lodge, back on board your local Klotok boat and start navigation upstream the Seikonyer River

After about 1h15 the boat will turn off the main Seikonyer river and enter a small narrow branch of the river where suddenly the water change form it brown color to a natural black color. Along the way your guide will point out the various birds that live in the jungles around the river: kingfishers, broadbill, Hornbills.

Continue the navigation for about 2 hours to reach Camp Leakey the most famous place for orangutan research in the world. Over the years as many as 200 orangutans were gradually reintroduced to the wild since the camp was founded in 1971. Today the camp only operates as a feeding platform but orangutans are still fed and medically monitored by the local rangers. There are no more reinsertions nowadays in the all Tanjung Puting National park as the overall population of Orang Utan has reached a sustainable number of between 5000 to 6000 individuals spread across the 4,000 km2 superficies of the park.

There are only 3 feeding platforms in Tanjung Puting providing supplementary food to the orangutan so that they do not remain wholly dependent on the feeding sites and are instead encouraged to get their all food in the jungle. Most of the orangutan in the park are born in the wild and the ones that do come to the feeding sites are generally mothers with young offspring and animals that have been recently released

Lunch is served on board near before arriving at Camp Leakey.

Around 13:30, disembark at Camp Leakey for a 30-minute walk along a wooden pontoon then following a jungle path with a chance to observe more wild animals on the way: gibbons, long tail macaque as well as wild pigs.

Feeding at Camp Leakey is taking place daily at 1400 when rangers bring bananas or other fruits to wooden platform inside the jungle.  Slowly many Orangutans start coming down: Watching them going from branch to branch sometimes high up in the trees with agility and grace.is an unforgettable experience. You will sit on fallen trunks only about 10 meters away from the platform and will have rangers with you. The orangutan may come to the platform from anywhere in the jungle with the dominant male usually always coming first and follow by females coming one after the other with their young offspring.

Return to the boat and around 16:00 start your navigation back to Rimba Lodge.

At this time of the day many proboscis monkeys, an endemic species of Kalimantan and easily recognizable by their long red nose, are coming close to the river banks to spend the night in large groups hang in the trees 

You also have good chance to watch wild orangutans coming down to the riverside to pick up the fruit of the pandan trees, one of their favourite foods.

Dinner is served at the lodge.

Overnight at Rimba Lodge.

3

Rimba Lodge – Pondok Tanguy – Pesalat – Tanjung Harapan

Breakfast at the lodge.

Today you will enjoy another full day trip around the jungles and explore 2 other feeding posts inside Tanjung Puting National Park.

Back on board and navigate upstream for about 1-hour to reach Pondok Tanguy, the 2nd feeding center of orangutans: a 700m walk first on a wooden pontoon then on a sandy path surrounded by ferns and lush vegetation. Feeding Time at Pondok Tanguy is at 09:00.

After spotting the Orangutan at this post 2 platform, return to the boat and navigate downstream to Pasalat Rainforest station where several institutions and NGO are working on conservation efforts with a strong focus on reforestation in order to preserve the natural habitat of orang-utans.

Back to your Klotok for boating down to Tanjung Harapan Camp where you will visit the 3rd and least visited of the 3 orangutan feeding platforms in the National Park. Here they feed the orangutan at 15:00 in the afternoon.

Back on board for a short crossing to Harapan village one of the only settlement along the river. Take a walk through thus village seeing to watch the Malayan families and their daily activities.

Back to Rimba Lodge which is just over the river from the village.

Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at Rimba Lodge.

4

Rimba Lodge – Pangkalanbun – Departure

Rimba Lodge – Kumai River Port: 2 hours Kumai River Port – Pangkalan Bun Airport: 20 minutes

After breakfast at the lodge, return by boat to Kumai and transfer by private vehicle to Pangkalanbun Airport for your onward flight to your next destination

Recommended flights (not included in package and quoted separately – airfares and schedules subject to change without prior notice):

  • Garuda Indonesia from Pangkalan Bun to Jakarta (via Semarang) daily with GA7526, departing from Pangkalan Bun at 10:55 and arriving in Semarang at 12:15, continue with GA239, departing from Semarang at 13:50 and arriving in Jakarta at 15:00

Garuda Indonesia from Pangkalan Bun to Semarang on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday with GA7526, departing from Pangkalan Bun at 10:55 and arriving in Semarang at 12:15.

Important Information

  • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking local guide (No other languages available)
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary (including Conservation Fee)
  • Visa arrangements
  • International and domestic flights
  • International and domestic departure tax
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
  • Travel insurance  
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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