Palangkaraya Orangutan Experience

Travel Type : Small groups and family friendly
Expedition Grade : Easy to Moderate
Activities : Orangutan viewing, wildlife viewing, reforestation program, bird watching and more
Accommodation : Hotels & comfortable River Boat (private cabin)
Transport : River boat, private car, longboat and on foot
Giving Back : You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and their 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) : Seven or Eight Days (7 or 8)
Price : AUD$2590 ex Bali / Jakarta (twin share). Single supplement $600 (Minium two people)
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Our 8 day Palangkaraya Experience will take you to the largest town in Central Kalimantan. This expedition provides you with the opportunity of travelling up rivers and visiting the famous orangutan care centre and quarantine station at Nyaru Menteng to gain an understanding about the centres. You will even visit a traditional Dayak bonehouse. This expedition will give you an excellent insight into all facets of life in Palangkaraya and you will gain a deeper understanding of the plight of the orangutan due to deforestation. We believe this 8 day adventure provides it all, a trip that you will never forget.

Inspiring Orangutan Odysseys

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 and Sumatra and each guest's trip cost includes adopting an Orangutan for a year.



Day 1 : Arrive in Bali / Jakarta
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for your overnight stay - Swissbell Rainforest (Bali) or FM7 (Jakarta).

Day 2 : Bali/Jakarta - Palangkaraya
This morning you will fly from Bali or Jakarta to Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan where you will be meet at the airport and transferred to your hotel.  After checking in you will be taken on a tour to explore the provincial capital of Palangkaraya. We will visit the Museum, the old town, a stilted wooden village over the river, travel in 3 wheeled becaks and see the traditional wet markets and handicrafts. You will have a lunch of grilled fish beside the river, then travel for a canoe ride on the local lake and possible wildlife sightings. Overnight at Swiss Belhotel Palangkaraya (B,L)

Day 3 : Palangkaraya - Cruise Day 1
This morning you will be meet at your hotel and transferred to your wonderful "luxury" boat, in Palangkaraya harbour 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 4: 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 5: Cruise Day 3: Sei Gohong - Muara Rungan
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.  Overnight near Tanjung Sangalang (B,L,D)

Day 6 : Cruise Day 4: Bukit Rawi - Palangkaraya
After breakfast you will transfer to cars to visit Tuwung village to see the beautifully carved and painted sandungs (bone houses) and learn about the Dayak Ngaju burial rituals.  We will then return to Bukit Rawi to stroll around the village and visit the lady rattan weaver to see how thorny rattan vines are turned into beautifully woven bags and other handicrafts.  We will also listen to her stories of her early life in the village.  You will then be transferred to your hotel - Swiss Belhotel Palankaraya for your overnight accomodation. (B,L)

Day 7** (or Day 8 if Option Day 7 selected): 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)

OPTIONAL - Day 7 : Sebangau National Park - Trekking:
Additional Cost of $250.00 pp (AUD)
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)

Please note: Additional accommodation can be arranged on Day 7 (**Day 8) in Bali or Jakarta should you require it.  Please ensure that if departing for home or onward travels on Day 7 (**Day 8) that all departing flights are booked for MID to late PM to allow enough connecting time from your Palangkaraya flight.

Why not think about seeing more amazing locations in Indonesia after your Orangutan Expedition? For more details about some of the exciting trip extensions on offer to other parts of Indonesia click here.


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 humour and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will find your trip to Indonesia the adventure of a lifetime!

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