Our Orangutans and Dragons tour will take you to see two of the most amazing animals on the planet, both only found on the islands in Indonesia. This unique adventure is unlike anything being offered and provides you with two once-in-a-time destinations in one.
Firstly, we will take you to Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan. Tanjung Puting National Park is a unique place. 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 living aboard our river boat also known as a klotok. The klotok is well equipped with basic amenities, at night you will sleep on deck or in the downstairs cabin on a comfortable mattresses with a mosquito net. Our crew will cook delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The klotoks come fully equipped with safety features including life vests and a first aid kit. When not walking through the jungle, you can relax on deck watching the wildlife, read a book or just laze the day away.
And then it's onto the Komodo Islands. Your 4 day Komodo Islands tour is a great way to see this unique part of Indonesia. The Komodo National Park will be your home for 4 days and 3 nights as you stay in tents and on a "live aboard" boat. You will see the amazing ecosystems, reach remote villages and visit Rinca Island. The 1,817-square-kilometer Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the treasures of Indonesia. On this journey, you will see the amazing komodo dragon firsthand, whilst experiencing the wild natural beauty of their habitat. You will see some of Indonesia's most unspoiled and remote islands, visit beautiful pristine beaches and visit charming local villages. The area also boasts some of the best snorkeling on the planet. Here you will swim among reefs, sharing the azure waters with an abundance of local marine life, including manta rays and sea turtles.
- See the wonderful orangutans in their natural habitat
- See the largest lizard on earth, some 3m long and weighing 150kg.
- Visit pristine rainforest in search of the amazing orangutan
- Swim in some of the most beautiful reefs
- Visit remote islands
- Travel up jungle rivers to witness proboscis, ebony and grey macaque monkeys
6th to 14th September 2019
*Subject to change due to local conditions
6th September: Jakarta - Pangkalan Bun - Tanjung Puting National Park.
This morning you will fly from Jakarta to the Central Borneo town of Pangkalan Bun. On arrival, you will be met at the aiport by our local OO team and 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 get back aboard our klotok and travel along the river looking for probosics monkeys. Overnight on the klotok. You will be provided with a mattress, pillow and mosquito net. (B,L,D)
7th September : Pondok Tanggui - Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake
An early start today sees you back on the klotok and headed to Pondok Tanggui (feeding station #2) for morning feeding. After this, you will travel up the Sekonyer River to Camp Leakey, the oldest camp set up for the orphaned orangutans. On arrival at Camp Leakey, you will have lunch aboard the klotok before starting the short trek in the surrounding area to visit the information centre. You are likely to see orangutans (or have them see you) near the boat. After enjoying afternoon feeding time and being given a tour of the surrounding forest area, its back to the boat and cruising down the Camp Leakey River to Crocodile Lake where you will spend the night. You will most likely see other wildlife of Borneo such as gibbons and proboscis monkey. Overnight on the klotok. (B,L,D)
8th September : Crocodile Lake - Pondok Tanggui - Pesalat - Tanjung Harapan
Today you will travel up river to Pesalat Plantation where you will plant some trees to help regenerate the forest. After lunch, you will take a tour of the local village, and in the afternoon you will slowly travel down river, stopping along the way to watch the proboscis monkeys on the riverbanks. As dusk falls, we will travel back to Kumai harbour and enjoy a dinner along the river as we go. Overnight in Pangkalan Bun at Swiss Belinn hotel. (B,L,D)
9th September : Pangkalan Bun - Bali
This morning you check out of the hotel and head to the airport for your morning flight to Bali via Semarang. On arrival, you will be taken to the your hotel for check in. (B)
10th September : Bali - Labuan Bajo (Komodo National Park)
Fly to Labuan Bajo and boat directly out into the Komodo National Park to meet the rest of the group. Overnight in Safari Tents. (B,L,D)
11th September : Pungu Island - Kukusan - Gado - Rinca village - Kaaba
After some snorkelling just off the beach of Pungu Island and breakfast we start paddling to Kukusan, a local village. If school is in we will visit the school and students. Our next leg is to Gado with its’ wonderful mangroves and some amazing snorkelling in a spot with giant table corals and more. Hopefully one of the resident turtles might say hello. In the afternoon we have the option of paddling or boating to the fishing village on Rinca Island to have a stroll. Use to be living with the Komodo Dragons in their neighbourhood, the village is now protected by a high fence around the village to keep the dragons out. This will be followed by a sunset boat ride to a small mangrove island (Kaaba), inhabited by bats. This is a great sight enjoyed from our top deck with thousands of bats flying into the night sky for their evening meal. Overnight in cabin on support boat in the park.(B,L,D)
12th September : Rinca - Manta Point - Sebayor Kecil
Early morning we will rise and boat to the Rinca Ranger’s Office to look for Komodo dragons. Rinca (pronounced Rin - cha) is the best place in the park to see the Dragons as their numbers and density are larger there. We will be shown around the park by a trained Ranger who will explain the eco-system, the Dragon's habits, the life of other inhabitants on the island such as the Macaque, Buffalo, Deer, Tree snakes etc. After a drink at the Ranger's Cafe' we will start heading west to Manta Point to hopefully snorkel with these gracious animals. After lunch we will then start our paddle towards Sebayor Kecil to set up our last beach camp for the trip. Sebayor Kecil has a beautiful beach and some great coral reefs and fish population so a spot of snorkelling the next morning is encouraged. Overnight in Safari Tents.(B,L,D)
13th September : Sebayor Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo - Jakarta
After a bit of more snorkeling in the reef directly in front of the beach and breakfast we paddle off through some Mangroves towards Kanawa where we will snorkel some more and enjoy lunch before we will return back to Labuan Bajo in the afternoon. Transfer to your hotel for your overnight accommodation. (B,L)
Day 14th September : Bali - Tour ends
This morning you will to catch your flight back to Bali. Your tour ends upon arrival in Bali. (B)
INCLUSIONS - EXCLUSIONS
- Domestic airfares
- Accommodations in Bali, Pangkalan Bun and Labuan Bajo
- Accommodation on board our river boat (klotok)
- All meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D)
- National park fees
- All airport transfers
- Captain and assistants on board the klotok
- Experienced local guide throughout expedition
- Ranger and local guide fees, boat mooring fees
- Kayak use with all safety gear included
- Two nights in safari style tents in National Park
- One night accommodation in cabin on support boat. Note: Cabin shared by group members of the same gender
- Eco toilet and toilet tent
- International airfares and any expenses due to flight delay or cancellations
- Travel Insurance (complusory)
- Personal expenses - alcohol, laundry, phone calls
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 humour and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will find your trip to Indonesia the adventure of a lifetime!