Orangutans in Borneo
Why we love this trip!
- Visit pristine Borneo rainforest in search of wild (and some reintroduced) Orangutans
- We’re allowed the privilege of visiting Camp Leakey (and Orangutan feeding stations), the research centre inspired by Jane Goodall
- Feel like an explorer of old, as we travel up jungle rivers in search of Grey Macaque and Proboscis Ebony Monkeys!
- Cruise on the Sekonyer River, surrounded by the Tanjung Puting National Park, and Orangutan habitat
- Stay on board your very own Klotok (riverboat) and if you wish, sleep under the stars
The Tanjung Puting National Park is home to a host of both wild and semi-wild Orangutans (one of mans' closest relatives). It is home to a unique eco-system and unique species such as the proboscis monkey and the false gavial crocodile. You will travel from Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun in Kalimantan where you will transfer to your hotel and have a look around town. The next day you will start your adventure up the Sekonyer River, leaving from the small town of Kumai to board your klotok for the rivers and jungles of the Tanjung Puting National Park.
You will visit areas where captive Orangutans are reintroduced into the jungle and witness the work of the Camp Leakey Foundation and FNPF. Both organizations are helping the Orangutan survive and both are helped by donations derived from your participation on this expedition.
Orangutans are highly intelligent with the ability to reason and think. This large, gentle red ape is one of our closest relatives, sharing 97% of our DNA. Indigenous peoples of Indonesia and Malaysia call this ape "Orang Hutan" literally translating into English as "People of the Forest".
The Orangutan is a remarkable creature as it is the world's largest arboreal primate. Now faced with the possibility of extinction in the wild in the foreseeable future the No Roads dossier provides some interesting facts about the habits of orangutans and their chances of survival.
To see these creatures in their own environment, it is such an amazing opportunity.
Day 1 - Arrive in Jakarta
Day 2 - Fly Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun
Day 3 - Pangkalan Bun - Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake
Day 4 - Crocodile Lake - Pondok Tanggui - Tanjung Harapan
Day 5 - Pondok Tanggui - Pesalat Reforestation
Day 6 - Pangkalan Bun - Jakarta
Day 7 - Head Home or continue your travels
Day 1: Jakarta
Upon your arrival in Jakarta you will be met at the airport and transferred to your overnight accommodation. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Jakarta to Borneo (Pangkalan Bun) (B)
Today starts with an early morning flight from Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. On arrival in Pangkalan Bun you will be met by your Guide and taken to your hotel. This afternoon you will take a scenic river cruise to see the incredible sights and sounds of the local town and its people. Overnight at the Swiss Belinn Hotel.
Day 3: Pangkalan Bun - Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake (B,L,D)
This morning you will board our klotok and travel up the Sekonyer river to Camp Leakey; the oldest camp set up for the orphaned orangutans. Upon arrival at Camp Leakey you will take a short trek in the surrounding rainforest and meet some of the resident orangutans and their caretakers, followed by a visit to the museum. You will then head back to the klotok for lunch, where you may see more orangutans. After lunch, you will head back to the camp for the afternoon orangutan feeding time. At the end of the day you will be given a tour of the surrounding forest area, then cruise down Camp Leakey River to your overnight location at Crocodile Lake. Whilst here, you will likely see other wildlife of Borneo such as macaques and proboscis monkeys. Overnight on the klotok. You will be provided with a mattress, pillow and mosquito net.
Day 4: Crocodile Lake - Pondok Tanggui - Tanjung Harapan (B,L,D)
This morning you will head back down river to Pondok Tanggui for morning orangutan feeding. In the afternoon you will visit Tanjung Harapan station for afternoon orangutan feeding. Overnight on the klotok.
Day 5: Pondok Tanggui - Pesalat Reforestation (B,L,D)
Today you will travel up river to Pesalat Plantation where you will plant some trees to help regenerate the forest. After lunch you will take a tour of the local village, and in the afternoon you will slowly travel down river, stopping along the way to watch the proboscis monkeys on the riverbanks. As dusk falls we will travel back to Kumai harbour and enjoy a dinner along the river as we go. Overnight in Pangkalan Bun at Swiss Belinn hotel.
Day 6: Pangkalan Bun - Jakarta (B)
Today you will travel back to Jakarta and upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your driver and transferred back to your Hotel for your final night's stay of your expedition. If your travel plans require you to return home or to continue directly on to your next destination, you can make arrangements to end your expedition upon your arrival back in Jakarta. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 7: Home or Onwards Travel (B)
Your amazing adventure comes to an end and you are free to continue your travel plans or return home.
* Trip variation can be added to start and return to Bali for an additional AUD $250.00 surcharge.
- Domestic airfares - Jakarta Pangkalan Bun return
- Accommodation in Jakarta and Pangkalan Bun (twin share)
- Accommodation on board our river boat (klotok)
- All meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D)
- National park fees
- Airport transfers
- Experienced local guide
- Ranger and local guide fees, boat mooring fees
- International airfares and any expenses due to flight delay or cancellation
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses -alcohol, laundry, phone calls