In this specially crafted expedition you will visit the habitat of the great orangutan and at the same time help protect the environment for generations to come. Since 2009 the operators of this trip have raised in excess of $700,000 for The Orangutan Project.
Our tour guide was excellent, attentive and always available. The crew were exceptional, always smiling and happy and gave us such a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy. The three days on the river were the most relaxed I have had in many years. Rae, Melbourne
The Tanjung Puting National Park is home to rare and interesting species. But it is orangutans, one of our closest relatives, that most people come here to visit. Their sheer beauty and passive demeanor will steal your heart. We will see wild and rehabilitated orangutans and have the opportunity to be close to these magnificent animals. If you are interested in adventure and giving back to the world at the same time, then you have got to be part of this expedition.
This 7 Day Tanjung Puting Orangutan Experience will take you to the Tanjung Puting National Park, which is found in central Kalimantan.
Tanjung Puting National Park is a unique place in itself. It is not only home to the orangutan, but also the rare proboscis monkey and the false gavial crocodile. During your time in the park you will be living aboard our river boat known as a klotok, with one night will be at the Rimba Eco-Lodge.
The klotok is well equipped with basic amenities, and at night you will sleep on deck on comfortable mattresses including mosquito nets. Our crew will cook up delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The klotoks come fully equipped with safety features including life vests and a first aid kit.
When not walking through the jungle, we can relax on deck watching the wildlife, read a book or just laze the day away.
- Visit pristine rainforest in search of orangutans (both wild and reintroduced)
- Travel up jungle rivers to view proboscis, ebony and grey macaque monkeys
- Part of your expedition cost is directly donated to help save orangutans & rainforests
Day 1 : Arrive in Destinaton Port (Bali / Jakarta)
We will meet at the airport and provide your hotel transfers for your overnight accommodation.
Day 2 : Bali to Borneo (Pangkalan Bun)
An early morning flight from Jakarta (or Bali via Jakarta or Surabaya) to Pangkalan Bun in Borneo. On arrival you will be met by your Orangutan Odyssey guide and taken to your hotel. You can take a late afternoon scenic river cruise to see the incredible sights and sounds of the local town and its people. Overnight at the Swiss Belinn Hotel (B)
Day 3 : Pangkalan Bun - Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake
Early start today will have us traveling in our own klotok boats up the Sekonyer river to Camp Leakey, the oldest camp set up for the orphaned orangutans. Arrive at Camp Leakey, take a short trek in the surrounding area and meet some of the resident orangutans and their caretakers, and then visit the museum. We head back to our klotok for lunch, where its likely we will see orangutans. Later we head back to the camp for the afternoon feeding time. At the end of the day we will be given a tour of the surrounding forest area, and then cruise down Camp Leakey River to our overnight location at Crocodile Lake. We most likely will see other wildlife of Borneo such as macaques & proboscis monkeys. Overnight on the klotok. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : Crocodile Lake - Pondok Tanggui - Tanjung Harapan - Rimba Lodge
Leave early and head back down river to Pondok Tanggui for morning feeding. Then we check into Rimba Lodge before visiting Tanjung Harapan station for afternoon feeding. Stay overnight Rimba Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : Rimba Lodge - Pondok Tanggui - Pesalat Reforestation
Early morning start take us back to Pondok Tanguii for morning feeding, and then we will travel up river to Pesalat Plantation where we plant some trees to help regenerate the forest. After lunch we will take a tour of the local village. Later that afternoon we will travel down river, along the way stopping to watch the proboscis monkeys on the riverbanks. As dusk falls we will stop at a mangrove of Nipah palms where we will enjoy dinner watching millions of fireflies. Then back to Kumai harbour, and overnight in your Pangkalan Bun hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : Pangkalan Bun - Jakarta / Bali
Free time for shopping or a walk through the streets of Pangkalan Bun to see the Yellow Palace and local markets before catching your plane back to Bali. On arrival in Bali you will be meet for your hotel transfer. Overnight at your hotel (B)
Day 7 : Tour ends - Trip extension option
Today you will travel home or continue to your next destination. (B)
Note : If you would like to stay at Rimba Lodge rather than our klotok, this can be arranged. Please let us know in advance to discuss the details and additioanl costs.
What to Expect
You are embarking on an adventure to places and amongst people whose lives are very different from your own. Many aspects of life in Indonesia will seem unusual. Remember that these are often the same aspects that make an area an exotic and attractive destination. While boat expeditions are considered easy, no trek is easy, even those rated "easy or moderate". In addition to the personal physical challenges you may face, travel conditions can present unexpected obstacles, such as rough and bumpy roads and changeable weather. To prepare for this pack a flexible and relaxed attitude. Bring a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humor and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will find your trip to Indonesia the adventure of a lifetime!
- Domestic airfares
- Accommodations in Bali & Pangkalan Bun (twin share)
- Accommodation on board a river boat
- 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- National park fees
- Airport transfers
- Experienced local guide
- Donation included for one orangutan adoption and sponsoring 100 hectares of rainforest
- Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt
- Ranger and local guide fees, boat mooring fees
- Airport departure tax (Rupiah 150,000 = USD$17)
- Visa on arrival (USD$25)
- Travel Insurance