Central Borneo Orangutan Odyssey
|Travel Type :||Small groups and family friendly (ages 13 & up)|
|Expedition Grade :||Moderate to Difficult (some jungle trekking involved)|
|Activities :||Orangutan viewing, wildlife viewing, local village life, bird watching and more|
|Accommodation :||Hotel, Klotok and Luxury river boat|
|Transport :||Luxury river boat,klotok, car, longboat and on foot.|
|Giving Back :||You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and the environment as well as other vital environmental research. You will also be helping friends of the national park in regenerating areas of cleared rainforest..|
|Trip Duration (days) :||Ten (10)|
|Price :||AUD$3750 from Bali / Jakarta (Twin Share) - Minimum 2 people
Travel Type :
Small groups and family friendly (ages 13 & up)
Expedition Grade :
Moderate to Difficult (some jungle trekking involved)
Orangutan viewing, wildlife viewing, local village life, bird watching and more
Hotel, Klotok and Luxury river boat
Luxury river boat,klotok, car, longboat and on foot.
Giving Back :
You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and the environment as well as other vital environmental research. You will also be helping friends of the national park in regenerating areas of cleared rainforest..
Trip Duration (days) :
AUD$3750 from Bali / Jakarta (Twin Share) - Minimum 2 people
There really is nothing like giving back. 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 Orangutan Odysseys has raised in excess of $700,000 for The Orangutan Project. Orangutan Odysseys will continue sponsoring orphaned orangutans, protecting more rainforest through the Safeguard program (a jungle patrol system that prevents poachers and illegal loggers), and providing cash donations.
The Palangkaraya and Tanjung Puting Odyssey combines the unique experience of traveling up river aboard a "luxury" river boat and visiting the orangutan islands and visitors centre at Nyaru Menteng. From there we will then transfer to the Tanjung Puting National Park and visit the famed Camp Leakey and the feeding stations within.
This expedition will give you an excellent insight into all facets of life in Borneo and gain a deeper understanding of the plight of the orangutan due to deforestation. You garner a greater understanding of Borneo life and the life of an orangutan in Borneo on this trip as it combines two of the islands most important orangutan populations. From luxury boats to small dugout canoes, from wide rivers to deep forests and from small river towns to traditional Dayak villages, this 11 day adventure provides it all.
Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience, to observe wild and semi-wild orangutans in their natural habitat. We will provide you with a safe platform to observe other wildlife Borneo has to offer including proboscis nose monkeys, gibbons and more. We will also provide you with comprehensive information about the destination you are in so that you are fully informed of your surrounds.
Further, Orangutan Odysseys has partnered up with The Orangutan Project which supports conservation programs in Borneo in Sumatra. Each guest's fare includes the cost of adopting an Orangutan for 1 year.
- Travel along the Rungan River aboard your "luxury" river boat in a private cabin.
- Observe amazing wildlife including orangutan, proboscis monkeys, hornbills, red langurs and brahmini kites.
- Visit the orangutan visitors centre at Nyaru Menteng where we will learn and understand the work BOSF are doing to help save and protect the orangutan.
- Visit the famed Camp Leakey and neighboring feed stations in Tanjung Puting National Park
- See wild and semi-wild orangutans in their natural habitat.
- Travel upstream on our local klotok (river boat) and dine beneath the stars
Day 1: Arrive in Bali/Jakarta.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your Bali /Jakarta hotel for overnight stay. Here an OO representative will meet you and escort you through the airports for your flight to Borneo.
Day 2: Bali/Jakarta/Surabaya to Pangkalan Bun - Tanjung Puting National Park
This morning you will fly from Bali/Jakarta to the Central Borneo town of Pangkalan Bun. On arrival you will be met at the airport by our local OO guide. You will then be taken to the Port of Kumai where you will board our klotok (river boat) and start your journey up the Sekonyer River into the National Park. Later that day you will visit feeding station #1 and see your first orangutans. Afterwards you will be back aboard our klotok and along the river looking for proboscis monkeys. Overnight at Rimba Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Rimba Lodge - Pondok Tanggui - Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake:
An early start today will see you back on the klotok and headed to Pondok Tanggui (feeding station #2) for the morning feeding. After this, you will be traveling up the Sekonyer River to Camp Leakey, the oldest camp, set up for the orphaned orangutans. Upon arrival at Camp Leakey you will have lunch aboard the klotok before you start your visit with a short trek in the surrounding area and visit to the information center. You are likely to see orangutans (or have them see you) near the boat. You will then head off to see the afternoon feeding. After enjoying the feeding time of the orangutans and being given a tour of the surrounding forest area, it’s back to the boat and cruising down the Camp Leakey River to Crocodile Lake where you will spend the night on board the klotok. You will most likely see other wildlife of Borneo such as gibbons & proboscis monkey. You will be provide with a mattress, pillow and mosquito net. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Crocodile Lake - Pondok Tanggui - Pesalat - Tanjung Harapan – Fireflies:
Early morning start sees you back down the river to Pondok Tanggui for morning feeding again. It's then off to Pesalat Plantation where you will get to plant some trees to help regenerate the forest. You will be given GPS coordinates to locate the trees that you planted. From there you will be back on the boat for lunch and depending on time you might get another final orangutan viewing at Tanjung Harapan station or a tour of the local village. Later that afternoon you will take the boat down the river to a mangrove of Nipah Palms, where you will get to see millions of fireflies and stop for your last night’s dinner in the park. On the way you will hopefully be able to see many proboscis monkeys along the river banks. Then it's back to Kumai by klotok and overnight at Swiss Belinn Hotel in Pangkalan Bun. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Pangkalan Bun – Palangkaraya:
Today you will travel by car from Pangkalan Bun to Sampit and then onto your resort hotel near Palangkaraya. Travel from Pangkalan Bun to Palangkaraya will take approximately 9 hours but you will get to have a lunch break in Sampit before you head on to Palangkaraya. Overnight at Rungan Sari resort. (B,L)
Day 6: Palangkaraya - Cruise Day 1
This morning you will be meet at your hotel and transferred to your wonderful "luxury" boat to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue upriver along the forest-lined river, passing villages. After lunch, we stop at the tiny hamlet of Katimpun. Taking a walk along the town boardwalks we visit a little local foundation, Ransel Buku, which provides books and other cultural activities for the village children. Returning to the boat, we continue the cruise upstream and in the early evening, take a canoe through the shimmering black water lakes. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, hornbills, brahmini kites and possibly wild orangutans. Return to the boat for a quiet dinner in the midst of the jungle. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Cruise Day 2: Bapallas Island - Sei Gohong
Today the boat will move up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast. On arrival to Bapallas Island you will take a motorised canoe to observe orangutans. Then continue on to the BOSF Education Centre where adult orangutans are waiting to be placed on the pre-release islands. Learn about the BOSF rehabilitation programs. After returning to the boat, enjoy a leisurely lunch on board while cruising to Sei Gohong. Upon arriving in Sei Gohong you will then be transferred to car to go to Tangkiling Hill where we you will walk up to see the sunset, stopping along the way to see the colourful Dayak spirit houses and the huge boulder, Batu Banama, and hear about its legend. Back to the boat for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Cruise Day 3: Sei Gohong - Muara Rungan - Palangkaraya
An optional dawn forest walk for bird watching behind the village of Sei Gohong before breakfast back on board the boat. After breakfast you will then transfer to canoes for closer observation of the orangutans on Kaja Island and later to enter the black water lakes. It is possible to swim here, if you wish, as it is clean tannin water. We will then continue to cruise downstream to Muara Rungan passing Katimpun village while enjoying lunch. This afternoon you will leave your river boat abd be transferred to Swiss Bel Hotel for overnight accommodation. (B,L)
Day 9: Sebangau National Park - Trekking - Palangkaraya
Hotel pick up at 8.30 am for the trip to Kereng Bangkirai Port where we will register at the Sebangau National Park Authority for entry into the Park. Accompanied by a National Park Ranger we will then be transferred to a motorised canoe for a 40 minute canoe ride across the beautiful black water of Sebangau Lake and continue to travel up the Sebangau River. We will travel as far as possible by canoe (which will depend on river depth) until such time as we disembark and start trekking into the forest to see the endemic vegetation and hopefully the likes of proboscis monkeys, hornbills, ants nests, wild orangutan and their nests, monitor lizards and many others. Walking through the peat swamp forest is challenging, especially when water levels are high, but there is a rough trail to walk on. On completion of this walk, we return to the National Park Camp where this a small tower which can be climbed for beauitful views of the landscape. Enjoy a simple lunch box and relax. Return to your boat for the return journey to Kering Bangkirai at 3.00 pm. You will then be transferred back to your hotel - Swiss Belhotel Palankaraya for your overnight accommodation. (B,L)
Day 10: Palangkaraya - Bali or Jakarta
This morning you will be transferred to the airport and will fly back to Bali or Jakarta and transfer to your connecting flight for home or onward travels. Tour ends(B)
Please note: Additional accommodation can be arranged on Day 10 in Bali or Jakarta should you require it. Please ensure that if departing for home or onward travels on Day 10 that all departing flights are booked for MID to late PM to allow enough connecting time from your Palangkaraya flight.
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- Domestic airfares
- Accommodation in Bali or Jakarta
- Accommodation Palangkaraya and Rahai'i Pangun
- Accommodation in Tanjung Puting on klotok and Rimba Lodge
- Meals as noted in the intinerary (B,L,D)
- Tips (excludes tip to Orangutan Odysseys guide)
- National park fees
- Airport transfers
- Experienced local guide
- Donation included for one orangutan adoption and sponsoring 100 hectares of rainforest
- Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt
- Airport departure tax (Rupiah 200,000 = USD$17)
- Visa on arrival (Most countries now free)
- International airfares
- Travel Insurance
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!
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