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Borneo Orangutan Tour – Loksado & Banjarmasin Floating Market

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Tour Code: C2I-BORNEO20

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Learn about the behavior of Orangutans in the Tanjung Puting rehabilitation centers, as well as Borneo gibbons, proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques or crocodiles on board our ecological boats. Delve into the traditional life of the Dayak tribe of Loksado and its waterfalls and immerse yourself as one more local, in the canoes of the Banjarmasin floating market. This tour combines expedition into the forests of Borneo, with adventure and tradition. A fascinating journey to the center and south of Borneo that you will never forget!

  • 5 Nights
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Pickup: Pangkalan Bun, Borneo (PKN)
Itinerary Orangutan Tour - Loksado & Banjarmasin Floating Market

DAY 1: PANGKALAN BUN - KUMAI PORT - TANJUNG HARAPAN       ▼

Arrive at Pangkalan Bun on the island of Borneo, better known by the Indonesians as Kalimantan. Upon arrival at the airport your guide will be waiting for you to transfer to the port of Kumai in about 15-20 minutes by car, where we will embark on a great adventure! We will arrive at our traditional, wooden boat, called a ‘klotok’.The time of boarding the Boat will be at 11 AM but can be earlier if the boat preparation is complete.

Our guide will reconfirm to our crew that everything is ready to go, and the cruise upstream starts on the famous Sekonyer river abroad a klotok.If your flight arrives early (before 12.00 PM), we can arrive on time at the Tanjung Harapan rehabilitation center where at 3 PM in the afternoon, the orangutans are fed by the Rangers of the National Park and you can have the first close encounters with them.

The meaning of ‘Tanjung Harapan’ is ‘Cape of Hope’.  This first camp has more wetlands and therefore has more mosquitos in the afternoon, so make sure you put on enough mosquito repellent. After visiting this rangers camp, you will continue your journey upriver- resting on the boat while we look for animals in the nearness of the Sekonyer River. In the afternoon it is very common to see groups of proboscis monkeys and macaques in the treetops, jumping from one tree branch to another, or to even see crocodiles or lizards in the shallow waters on the sides of the river.

Prepare for the sunset and enjoy the exquisite food prepared by our jungle crew. The boat is moored on the side of the river to spend the night.Tonight, we can take a walk through the jungle to look for nocturnal animals such as snakes, tarantulas or even if we are lucky, we can find luminescent mushrooms or tarsier monkeys.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Klotok boat

DAY 2:PONDOK TANGGUI - LEAKY CAMP      ▼

Today you will wake up with the sounds and the colours of the jungle. Without a doubt, you will never forget how you woke up on the river, surrounded by the overflowing nature. After an extraordinary breakfast on board, we will arrive on time to visit the Tanggui Camp at the feeding time for animals (9 AM). Little by little, you will see how the treetops begin to move and then you will see the silhouettes of the orangutans gradually reaching the feeding platform.

Tanggui was a release camp for young orangutans that we rehabilitated- preventing the orangutans from moving away due to a lack of food and ending up outside the National Park, with the following risks of falling into traps of settlers or palm oil plantation fields. After the orangutans begin to leave, you will return to the klotok to continue further upstream.

You will witness how the colour of the river changes and you will have the opportunity to see crocodiles and large monitor lizards, along with Gibbons and proboscis monkeys. Of course, you will enjoy your lunch in this lovely setting.

You will arrive at Camp Leakey, the old orangutan rehabilitation centre. It was founded in 1971, when a student at UCLA University in Los Angeles, called Birutte Galdikas, began studying the orangutans there. The name Camp Leakey comes from Birutte’s own professor, paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey.

At least 200 orangutans have already been cured and returned to the jungle thanks to this centre. However, since 1995 the Indonesian government has banned the introduction of more orangutans in this camp, so the orangutans are increasingly adapting to freedom. Today, this camp is used for behavioural and feeding research for orangutans.

You can also visit the small museum founded by the scientist Dr. Birutte Galdikas. After finishing the observing of orangutans in this camp, we will do a gentle trekking through the jungle back to the boat to search for free orangutans and other animals, if the weather conditions permit. We will have the opportunity to learn a lot about the jungle from our local guides, of whom some of them were born in the jungle.

They’ll explain how to look for animals or plants, and you can listen to their experience of life in the jungle. The jungles of Borneo, that have given life and shelter to its inhabitants for millions of years, are jungles that under the watch of their ancestors, are still capable of fulfilling every single individual’s needs.

Food, water, medicines, etc… But never throw anything in your mouth without your guide’s recommendation. In the afternoon, if it does not rain, the boat will be docked near a congregation of fireflies and you can enjoy the show of its luminescence. Also if you want you can do some hiking at night, to see the nocturnal fauna with your guide.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Klotok boat

DAY 3:KUMAI – PANGKALANBUN – BANJARMASIN – LOKSADO      ▼

Enjoy your breakfast on the boat, then have the free morning program until time transfer to Kumai then to Pangkalan Bun airport to depart to the next destination, Banjarmasin via Semarang.

Arrival at Banjarmasin, proceed to Cempaka village to see traditional diamond mining and polishing, Next, visiting Pandak Daun villagge, a village famous as the home of thousands of water buffaloes. Here most of the people have numerous water buffaloes which is become a family business for a very long time. Afterwards, leaving to Loksado. You will arrive at late of evening, overnight on the local simple lodge for your dinner.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Meratus Loksado Resort 

DAY 4:MUARA HATIP - MALARIS - HARATAI      ▼

After breakfast, transfer to Malaris to see traditional longhouse, then trekking to Haratai waterfall crossing forest, rivers, longhouses, hanging bridge and traditional farms. Afterwards, return to Loksado through different trail, passing big trees, valley and 3 isolated village and longhouse. In the afternoon, return to the small lodge for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Meratus Loksado Resort 

DAY 5:LOKSADO - BAMBOO RAFTING – BANJARMASIN      ▼

After breakfast, going to forest to cut the bamboos and setting the bamboo raft with villagers, then do the bamboo rafting across mount Kantawan and tropical rainforest alongside of Amandit river. Return to Banjarmasin. Overnight at hotel in Banjarmasin.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Meratus Loksado Resort 

DAY 6:FLOATING MARKET BANJARMASIN – AIRPORT      ▼

Very early in the morning, we visit the floating market at Lok Baintan, about 1 hour drive from Banjarmasin. The one at Lok Baintan is more visited by sellers and buyer compare to the one at Barito. So we will visit the one at Lok Baintan. Start at about 05.00 from hotel, arriving there at 06.00. After exploring the market, visit Kembang island, about 45 minutes ride from the floating market.

Although Pulau Kembang means the island of flower, hardly any flowers grow. People come to this island are mainly for praying at and giving offering to a small temple with white monkey statue. A big number of Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) inhabits this island. Return to Banjarmasin, then preparing yourself for check out, fly to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast  

Accommodation

Photos Orangutan Tour - Loksado & Banjarmasin Floating Market

Price Includes

  • Flight from Pangkalan Bun to Banjarmasin
  • 3D2N Borneo Orangutan Tour based on Klotok
  • 4D3N Loksado Banjarmasin Tour with Private Guide
  • 3-Day permission of the police, rangers and the national park
  • Non-professional camera or video camera fees
  • Captain, captain assistant and cook
  • For each client of ours, we donate 10 EUR to various projects within the Tanjung Putting National Park!
  • A unique experience!

Price Excludes

  • Domestic/international flights. We can reserve the tickets, ask us for more details
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, personal expenses
  • Surcharge of 100.000 Rupiah/person/day applicable for every Sunday and National Holiday, to be paid upon arrival.
  • Extra expenses occurred due to causes beyond our control (force majeure) such as cancellations of flights, natural disasters, diseases, etc.
  • Everything that is not mentioned in “INCLUDES”
Map Orangutan Tour - Loksado & Banjarmasin Floating Market

FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months. In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

The tropics is a warm and often sweaty place, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestion on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater Trip:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adaptor DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Landtour and Trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some area like Mt Bromo and some other places at high altitude, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Hats
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Towel (preferably quick dry microfiber towel)
  • Flight tickets (keep the soft copy in your mobile)
  • Valid passport with Valid Visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Travel/Dive Insurance
  • Personal medication (include contact lenses)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card are widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adaptor (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc, etc)

How Do I Get to Pangkalan Bun?

To go to Pangkalan Bun there are 3 main options:

From Semarang airport (about 3.5 hours from Jogjakarta by car, we arrange this transfer by private car with AC from Jogjakarta to Semarang as well as vice versa)
From Jakarta in direct flight. If you come from Jakarta, we offer you for the previous night, the transit hotel FM7 Resort, which includes transfers airport – hotel – airport and breakfast.
From Surabaya in direct flight. If you come from Surabaya, here we offer Ibis Budget Surabaya Airport for the previous night, located within airport area and Standard Room (double/twin)

How Hard is Our Tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

Is there a shower on the boat?

Yes, the boat is equipped with a wooden bathroom that has a western toilet and a shower. The water drains directly into the river, so we will give you an organic soap to avoid contaminating it. We would appreciate it if you use it.

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