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Borneo Orangutan Tour & Banjarmasin Floating Market (4D/3N)

Tour Code: C2B-BORNEO4

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With this 3-night orangutan tour on the island of Borneo and the Banjarmasin floating market, you will explore not only the jungles in search of free orangutans but also delve into the daily merchandise of one of the largest floating markets in Asia. Although the jungle and the market are not in the same city, we have designed this trip so that you can connect two of the most interesting points in Borneo. If you are a lover of adventure but also of traditional culture, this trip is tailor-made for you. Get your camera ready because you will take the most beautiful photos of your time in Indonesia.

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


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 first feeding time at 3 in the afternoon. Then, you can have the first close encounters with them.

Tanjung Harapan

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


Pondok Tanggui Camp

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 again to go further up the river. You will see how the coloration of the river changes, and you will have the opportunity to see crocodiles and large lizards, together with Gibbon’s and proboscis monkeys.

Camp Leakey

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. In the afternoon, if it does not rain, the boat will be docked near a firefly congregation, and you can enjoy the show of its luminescence.

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


In the early morning you will enjoy the last moments of the sounds of the jungle before heading to the port to, in turn, be transferred to the airport for your flight to Banjarmasin, the canal city of Borneo to visit the Banjarmasin Floating market. When you arrive, you will transfer to the hotel (around an hour’s drive). Check in hotel for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Swiss-Bel Hotel Banjarmasin


At 4.30 in the morning, you will rise, as your guide will be waiting for you to take you to the Lok Baintan Floating Market. This is held on a daily basis on one of the channels of Banjarmasin. The guide will take you to the largest market, one hour away, where you will get on a traditional canoe to enter the floating market, which is one of the most photogenic markets in Indonesia. This get on a traditional canoe to enter the floating market market is held every day and does not depend on tourism at all since it is a totally local and traditional market. Back to the hotel for breakfast, and then check out of the hotel for the transfer to the airport. On the way to the airport, you will explore the city, browsing slowly between canals in the city.

Note: We recommend you to take the flight from Banjarmasin after 14.00 PM.

Meals: Breakfast 


Photos: Borneo Orangutan Tour & Banjarmasin Floating Market

Price Includes

  • Flight from Pangkalan Bun to Banjarmasin
  • 2-Night accommodation based on private klotok and 1 night accommodation at the hotel in Banjarmasin
  • Transfers airport - port - airport
  • Transfers airport - hotel - airport
  • English speaking guide
  • 3-Day permission of the police, rangers and the national park
  • 1x tree planting activity
  • Camera or video camera fees
  • Banjarmasin Tour
  • Donations to the Rangers
  • Mineral water during the trip
  • 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
  • A surcharge of IDR 100,000 /person/camp applicable for every Sunday, national or public holiday and collective leave days must 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: Borneo Orangutan Tour & Banjarmasin Floating Market


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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