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Dive into the most unknown Borneo. The Kutai National Parks jungles are established as a national park to protect 30% of the primary jungle that is home to a population of Orangutans, some traditional Bugis villages and many species of animals, trees and plants.
We will go deep into the jungle in canoes in search of the wildlife of these flat lands. And from the hand of our local guide, you will learn about the behavior of these wild apes and the rain forests of the third largest island in the world. The adventure is about to start!
Welcome to Balikpapan! It is now a port city but once a fishing village built by Bugis people. You can find jewelry and gemstones sold at many markets, as well as nice white sandy beaches on the coast area.
When you arrive at the airport, you will meet your guide and start your long journey to Sangatta. It is one of the entry points into the national park. It will be about 7 hours by car to your hotel where you will check to rest and have dinner.
Accommodation: Kutai Sangatta Hotel – Standard room
Early in the morning, we will go in motor canoes upriver into the jungle. First, we will stop at orangutan research station where we leave our backpacks. After that, we begin a walk through the jungle into the forest in search of wildlife including orangutans.
The park which extends over an area of 2,000 sq. km is home diverse flora and fauna. There are more than 900 species of flora and other vegetation types such as mangrove forest and freshwater swamp. Moreover, it provides habitat to 10 species of primates, 90 species of mammals including orangutans and 300 species of birds. Meanwhile, the number of orangutans was found to have decreased from 600 recorded in 2004 to about 60 in 2009. However, a survey in 2010 identified over 2,000 orangutans to be inhabiting the park.
In the afternoon, return to the station for lunch and rest. After that, in the late afternoon we will do another trekking through the forests. Dinner and accommodation at the research station.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Accommodation: Jungle Lodge in National Park
Enjoy your breakfast with sounds of the jungle. After that, again in a motorized canoe we will go to the delta of Sangatta River. It includes areas of lowland rain forest as well as mangrove forest. The interesting spots include orangutans and proboscis monkeys, birds and crocodiles.
After that, we go back to Sangatta for lunch and then transfer to Samarinda to spend the night at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Senyiur Samarinda – Standard room
Enjoy your breakfast, then have some free time to enjoy the atmosphere of the hotel until departure. At the appointed time, we transfer to Balikpapan airport for your flight to your next destination. Thank you for doing this Kutai National Park tour with Come2Indonesia. Sampai Jumpa!
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.
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:
Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:
Balikpapan is easily reached from all major cities in Indonesia. Most airlines have flights to Balikpapan, including from Jakarta, Surabaya, and Makassar. Besides Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air, other domestic low-cost carriers to Balikpapan are Sriwijaya Air, Citilink, Indonesia Air Asia. Internationally, SilkAir flies direct to Balikpapan from Singapore.
We have classified our tours in 3 different classes: Easy, Medium, Hard. 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.
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