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Great Borneo Orangutan Tour (4D/3N)

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Tour Code: C2B-BORNEO6

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In this Great Borneo Orangutan Tour you will navigate the Sekoyer river looking for the life that approaches the waters, enjoy the passage of the proboscis monkeys in front of the Klotok, see Orangutans and macaques, even with luck, you will see how some crocodile approaches the surface to take a breath before to dive in or out of the dark waters. Get ready to spend a magical night in the camping jungle. Take the opportunity to hike around the Leakey camp, Pondok Tangguy and Pesalat, visit the feeding platforms of different centers, and walk at night in the forests of Borneo.

NOTE FOR THIS TRIP: Due to the possible rains during the wet season in Indonesia and avoiding that the jungle floor can have many wetlands for camping, we can do this trip between the months of April to October.

  • 3 Nights
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Pickup: Pangkalan Bun, Borneo ( PKN)
Itinerary: Great Borneo Orangutan Tour

DAY 1: PANGKALAN BUN – KUMAI PORT – TANJUNG HARAPAN TREKKING      ▼

Arrive at Pangkalan Bun Airport, on the island of Borneo, better known by the Indonesians as Kalimantan. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will be waiting for you. You will transfer to the port of Kumai in about 15-20 minutes by car, where you will embark on a great adventure! You arrive at our traditional wooden boat, called a klotok. Our guide will reconfirm with the crew that everything is ready and start the cruise up the river in the famous Sekonyer River aboard a klotok. If your flight arrives early (before 11.30 AM), you can arrive in time to the rehabilitation center of Tanjung Harapan, where at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the rangers of the national park feed the orangutans, and you can have your first close encounters with them. The translation of Tanjung Harapan is Cape of Hope. This first camp is one of the ones with more wetlands, and being in the afternoon has more mosquitoes, so make sure you put on enough mosquito repellent. After visiting the feeding camp, you will do the planting of the trees and then continue trekking inside the jungle for about an hour. It is an opportunity to enjoy more intensely the endemics of the area, the orangutans, the sounds of the night, the vegetation, etc. Once the camps are assembled, you will have dinner, and, if you want, you can do some hiking at night to see the nocturnal fauna with your guide.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Camping in the jungle

DAY 2:TANJUNG HARAPAN VILLAGE – CAMP LEAKEY TREKKING      ▼

After tidying up the tent, you will continue our trekking to the river, where the motor canoe will pick us up and take us to the boat. You will cruise the river with a motor canoe, and then you will have breakfast and freshen up on the boat. Take a rest a bit, then you go to visit the village inside the national park, named Tanjung Harapan Village. Here you will see the activities of the locals. After the visit, you continue the journey to Camp Leakey feeding camp.

Arrival at Camp Leakey, the old orangutan research and rehabilitation center since 1971, when a student at UCLA Los Angeles University, Birutte Galdikas began studying the Orangutans there. The name Camp Leaky comes from Birutte’s own teacher, the Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. At least 200 orangutans had already been cured and returned to the jungles, thanks to this center. However, since 1995, the Government of Indonesia has banned the introduction of more Orangutans into this camp, so Orangutans are increasingly adapting more to freedom. To this day, this camp is used as an investigation into the behavior and feeding of Orangutans. You will take advantage of your guide to explore the interiors of the jungle a bit to look for orangutans in freedom and other animals. At 14.00, you can see the feeding time of the Orangutans. You can also visit the small museum made by the scientist Dr. Birute Galdikas. When you are finished observing the orangutans in this camp, and if the weather and conditions permit, you will make a short trek through the jungle on our way back to the boat to look for wild orangutans and other animals. You will have the opportunity to learn from our local guides, some of whom were born in the jungle, how to look for animals or plants, or simply listen to their experience of life in the jungle. The jungles of Borneo have given life and have been home to the settlers for many years. The jungles, under the eyes of the grandparents, are able to give you everything you need. Food, water, medicines, etc. Yes… Never put anything in your mouth without the recommendation of your guide.

Note: The Birate Galdikas Museum at Camp Leaky is currently closed for maintenance purposes. Regrettably, visits to this site will not be possible until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated on the reopening of the museum.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Klotok boat

DAY 3:PONDOK TANGGUI TREKKING – PROBOSCIS TOUR      ▼

After an extraordinary breakfast, you will go in time to see the Pondok Tanggui Camp at the time of feeding (9 AM). Sooner or later, you will see how the branches of the treetops begin to move, and then you will see the silhouettes of the Orangutans arriving at the feeding platform. Pondok Tanggui was a release camp for young Orangutans that were rehabilitated, and they continue to add food every day to prevent the Orangutans from leaving because of a lack of food. They end up outside the National Park, with the following risk of falling into traps of settlers or fields of palm oil plantations. After the Orangutans begin to leave, you will return to the klotok cruise up to the Seikonyer River. You will see nice vegetation around the river bank, including Nipa Palm, Pandanus, and some kinds of trees that are growing up around the river. See some wildlifes such as birds, Macaques, Proboscis Monkeys and Orangutans. In the afternoon, if the circumstances permit, the boat will be docked near a firefly congregation, and you can enjoy the show of its luminescence.

Note: If your return flight leaves early in the morning (around 7 a.m.), tonight the klotok will sleep closer to the port in order to get you to the airport in time.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Klotok boat

DAY 4:KUMAI PORT - PANGKALAN BUN AIRPORT      ▼

Today we end our stay in the jungles of Borneo. In the early morning we will have breakfast on the boat, to then go to the port and in turn, be transferred to the airport. The boat departure will be at the latest at 10am, but we adapt to your flights if your flight leaves earlier in the morning. If you decide to take an afternoon flight, we can take you directly to the airport at 10 or if you want a city tour in the Arut village to drop you off at the airport later, it could be arranged at extra cost.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation

Photos: Great Borneo Orangutan Tour

Price Includes

  • 2 Nights accommodation based on private klotok and 1 Night Camping in the jungle
  • Transfers airport - Kumai port - airport
  • Transfers in land and river
  • English speaking guide.
  • 3-Day permission of the police, rangers and the national park
  • Non professional Camera or video camera fees
  • Water, Tea, Coffee, Cookies, Tropical Fruits
  • Captain, captain assistant and cook
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served on the boat (except dinner on day 1, which is picnic style in the camp)
  • By coming with us you are helping Borneo! For each client of ours, we donate 10 EUR to various projects within Tanjung Putting National Park!
  • A unique experience!

Price Excludes

  • Domestic/international flights
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, personal expenses
  • Surcharge of IDR 100,000/person/day/camp applicable for every Sunday, national or public holiday and collective leave days must 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: Great Borneo Orangutan Tour

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.

What time does the tour end?

The tour ends after breakfast usually around 10 am. If your flight leaves earlier, the crew will adapt to the schedule to drive you to the airport on time.

What about if my flight back is in the afternoon?

In this case, we can drop you off in the city so you can explore it on your own. But if you prefer, we can accompany you with a private car to take a walk around the Arut River (especially if you like photography) and then drop you off at the airport afterwards. This service has an extra cost.

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