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. Orangutan Odysseys has raised in excess of $600,000 for The Orangutan Project. In 2015 and beyond, 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 Kutai National Park is home to many rare and interesting species. But it is orangutans, one of our closest relatives, that most people come here to visit. Their sheer beauty and passive demeanor will steal your heart. We will see wild and rehabilitated orangutans and have the opportunity to be close to these magnificent animals. If you are interested in adventure and giving back to the world at the same time, then you have got to be part of this expedition.
Kutai National Park of East Kalimantan has an amazing Flora and Fauna, the coast featured mangroves swamps, and low-land rain forest, an inland belt of gentle hills and alluvial plains marks the start in to the deep jungle. Towering dipterocarpus trees, valuable ebony and iron wood trees are scattered throughout. The wild life is exotic, orangutan, only found at Sumatra and Borneo, along with the endemic proboscis monkeys, and other forest denizens including clouded leopard, leaf monkey, macaque, pangolin anteater, tiny tarsier, lizards, crocodiles, pythons and more then 600 bird spieces as the most famous Sun Birds, pheasants, Kakatua, and Hornbills.The ecological wealth that survive deep within the rainforest jungle of Kutai National Park at Indonesia s largest island. Kalimantan s dense jungle and wide terrain of wetlands have traditionally kept the region isolated from all but the adventurous travelers, you can enjoy a sightful experience of traditional culture and grand diversity of exotic flora and wildlife from black orchids to fresh water dolphins and orangutans, and venture ashore for captivating jungle explorations and unforgettable encounters in our village visits.
Samboja Lestari is an area of restored tropical rainforest near the city of Balikipapan in East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Established by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), the 2,000 hectare orangutan sanctuary here was created with the aim of providing a safe haven for rehabilitated orangutans, whilst at the same time providing a source of income for local people. Since 2001, the surrounding area has been planted with more than a million trees covering more than 1000 different species. With the growth of the forest, the density and diversity of wildlife returned. So far 137 bird species and nine primate species have been recorded. Several Forest Schools built here provide natural, educational playgrounds for the orangutans in which to learn forest skills before returning to cages to sleep at night. A new Clinic and Quarantine area has also been established as well as many new forest cages for larger orangutans and a Babies' Room for the little ones. Six orangutan islands have also been created to accommodate orangutans suffering chronic hepatitis B or other disabilities which prevent them from ever being released into the wild. What's more, there is an area designated solely to house a population of over 40 sun bears.
Our 8 Day Kutai NP and Samboja Orangutan Experience will take you to the National Park, which is found in east Kalimantan. Kutai National Park is a unique place in itself. It is not only home to the orangutan, but also the rare proboscis monkey and the false gavial crocodile. During your time in the park you will be stay in simple accommodation also used by researchers and rangers. At night you will equipped with basic amenities and you will sleep on deck on comfortable mattresses including mosquito nets. Our team will cook up delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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!
- Trekking Kutai National Park rainforest in search of wild orangutans
- Visit Samboja Lodge to see rehabilitation projects for orangutan and sum bears.
- Travel up jungle rivers to view proboscis, ebony and grey macaque monkeys
- Part of your expedition cost is directly donated to help save orangutans & rainforests
Day 1: ARRIVAL JAKARTA / BALI
We will meet at the airport om arrival and provide your hotel transfers for your overnight accommodation.
Day 2: ARRIVAL BALIKPAPAN SANGATA CAMP KUTAI NATIONAL PARK
On arrival at Sultan Aji M. Sulaiman International airport (Balikpapan) you will be picked up by our local guide then transfer by car to the small town of Sangata take about 5 - 6 hours driving. Upon arrive board on the motorized canoe head up to Sangata river for Camp Kutai National Park. Check in at basic accommodation of reserachers hut. Overnight in hut. We provide mattress and mosquito nets. (B,L,D)
Day 3: CAMP KUTAI NATIONAL PARK JUNGLE TREK
Wake up early morning at 06:00 Am, then start our jungle trek to search wild life Orangutan with forestry ranger. You can enjoy the forest by walking under the high trees. Lunch will serve in the camp. After lunch at 3:00 Pm walk again into the forest to see more wild life Orangutan and in the afternoon you can see Orangutan activity how to make nest for sleeping on the tree. Return to the camp, dinner and in the evening you may have short night trek to expore to hopefully see Tarantulla and other nocturnal animals. Overnight in the camp. (B,L,D)
Day 4: CAMP KUTAI NATIONAL PARK SANGATA SAMBOJA ECO LODGE
Wake up early morning at 06:00 Am, then breakfast and afterwards check out and board on the motorized canoe down the Sangata river. On arrival, transfer by car drive to Samboja take about 6 - 7 hours. Upon arrive proceed to check in Eco Lodge for your accommodation. Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at Eco Lodge.
Day 5: ECO LODGE - ORANGUTAN SUN BEAR BLACK RIVER
Morning after breakfast, start our activity to see the Orangutan at feeding time and Sun Bear as well. Visit the office tower and from there you can see the beautiful panoramic of Borneo Orangutan Survival areas. Return to Ecolodge for having lunch and afterwards taking rest for the while. In the afternoon at 5:00 Pm drive by car to Black River take about 30 minutes. On arrival board on the motorised canoe on the black river to observe the endemic Proboscis monkey along the mangroves. Late afternoon return to Eco Lodge, dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6: ECO LODGE BALIKPAPAN CITY TOUR BALIKPAPAN BAY HOTEL
Morning after breakfast check out from Eco Lodge, then transfer to Balikpapan city tour around to see activity of Balikpapan city. Lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive in Kampong Baru, board on the speed boat across the Bay to observe the Fresh Water Dolphin (if you are lucky) and probiscis monkeys. After Bay cruise then drive to and check in at local Hotel for your accommodation. Free at leisure and dinner by your own personal account. Located on the beach. (B,L)
Day 7: HOTEL AIRPORT DEPARTURE
Morning breakfast at hotel, free at leisure until transfer out to Airport for your return flight to Bali / Jakarta. Overnight at hotel.(B)
Day 8: TOUR ENDS
Today you return home or continue your onward journey. Tour ends. (B)
Why not think about seeing more amazing locations in Indonesia after your orangutan expedition? For details about our exciting trip extensions to other parts of Indonesia click here.
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
- Domestic airfares
- Accommodations in Bali / Jakarta & Pangkalan Bun (twin share - single supplement available)
- Accommodations in Kutai NP, Samboja Lodge and Balikpapan (twin share)
- All meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D)
- National park fees
- Airport transfers
- Experienced local english speaking guide
- Donation included for one orangutan adoption and sponsoring 100 hectares of rainforest
- Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt
- Airport departure tax (Rupiah 200,000 = USD$20)
- Visa on arrival (If applicable)
- International airfares
- Travel Insurance