Embark on an authentic Indonesian orangutan expedition.

Go in search of the gentle giants of the Borneo jungles – the elusive orangutan – on an 11-day small-group expedition. Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, is teeming with jungles to explore, cultures to learn, and welcoming people to have a laugh with – and your wildlife expedition will be so much more than that. Staying in comfortable eco-lodging and traditional longhouses in the heart of the jungle, go out for daily safaris and learn about how the local communities’ conservation efforts have ensured that these creatures, along with other endemic wildlife, continue to thrive in this slice of jungle paradise. Share in the wonder of an untouched Borneo before others find out about it, with a unique opportunity to spot orangutans in their natural habitat.


Start
Jakarta, Indonesia
Finish
Jakarta, Indonesia
Destination
Indonesia
Style
Original
Theme
Expedition, Wildlife
Code
TISW
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 4, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Sleep aboard a traditional klotok boat, traversing the winding rivers in Tanjung Puting National Park in search of local and endemic wildlife, including the elusive orangutan.

  • Learn about the organisation working to rescue, rehabilitate and release the critically endangered orangutans at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF).

  • Appreciate a true local experience in Tumbang Malahoi village with a stay in a traditional longhouse. Receive a welcoming blessing ceremony and enjoy a night eating and dancing with local families.

  • Head out on a canoe safari in Sebangau National Park, searching for orangutans, proboscis monkeys, macaques, monitor lizards, hornbills, kingfishers and – if you’re lucky – clouded leopards!

  • Discover Indonesia’s central metropolis in Jakarta and the up-and-coming city of Palangka Raya, with plenty of free time in both to explore at your own pace.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • This trip takes you to a part of Borneo rarely seen by foreign travellers and is ideal for those who have been to Indonesia previously and are keen to explore more. Each day is an adventure, and we filled this trip full of diverse wildlife experiences of Borneo which are impossible to find on any other trip. Please note that there is no guarantee of seeing wildlife on specific days of this journey, as you will be visiting national parks with endemic and rare species. Your expert guides will provide the best opportunity to see wildlife along the way, but as to be respectful to your environment, you may have a day or two simply admiring the jungle around you.

  • Sometimes you’ve got to rough it to get amongst it. While most of the accommodation on this trip is tourist class, there will be some very basic accommodation when it makes sense, such as an overnight stay on a traditional klotok (boat) in Tanjung Puting National Park. All bedding and mattresses are provided, plus mosquito nets to sleep under.

  • Some of the best scenery is found deep in Borneo’s jungles, which can be quite steamy, muddy and, at times, slippery. In order to experience the splendour of the diverse landscapes and waters, the included activities on this trip often require a moderate level of fitness. We ask that you read the trip notes and itinerary carefully to ensure that you will be able to participate fully.

  • Temperatures and humidity can be high in Indonesia, especially when walking around the jungles of Borneo where there may be little respite. Be prepared by taking plenty of drink breaks and wearing appropriate skin protection.

  • As you are travelling long distances on this trip there are some long travel days by private vehicle, including on winding bumpy local roads. It's not unusual for journeys to take longer than estimated and travel times to vary from one departure to the next. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.

  • The longhouse stay is a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday rural life and includes a home-cooked dinner. Facilities are simple and multi-share but comfortable, with mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets all provided. Some travellers are nervous about the experience before they arrive, but we find most end up naming this as a highlight of their time and a rewarding, authentic experience. Other accommodation is in no frills, simple guesthouses and hotels, perfect for travellers on a budget. On occasion our accommodation may not have hot water, but you will probably be keen to cool down from the heat with a refreshing cold shower!

Itinerary

Selamat datang! Welcome to Jakarta in Indonesia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. If you happen to arrive early, check out some of Jakarta's interesting museums such as the Wayang Museum (full of traditional puppets), Balai Seni Rupa Museum (fine arts and ceramics) or the National Museum. If you don’t have a lot of time today, do not fear! You’ll have time at the end of your expedition to explore the city some more. After your important meeting, why not gather a few of your travel pals for a local meal – your group leader will know of some great spots to go.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Jakarta - Wayang (Puppetry) Museum - IDR5000
  • Jakarta - Museum Seni Rupa Dan Keramik (Fine Arts & Ceramics) - IDR5000
  • Jakarta - Museum Nasional - IDR10000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Time to begin your Kalimantan adventure! In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight bound for Kalimantan. Once arrived, take a taxi to the port where you board a specific type of boat, known as a klotok. These boats are named after the sound the engines make: ‘klo-tok’. On your way to the eco-lodge – your accommodation for the night – keep an eye out for the elusive proboscis monkeys, endemic to the island of Borneo. On arrival, check into your accommodation right in the heart of the jungle and enjoy some free time in the afternoon. Tonight, meet for dinner with your fellow travellers and get to know your group leader, who will fill you in on what’s in store for your adventure.
Accommodation
  • Eco Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Head off for an early morning aboard your klotok and cruise upriver in search of the local wildlife. Your first stop is known as Feeding Platform Two – a 10-minute walk through the jungle from the river. Here, your accompanying rangers will leave some fruit for orangutans to collect; however, sightings in this part of the jungle are never guaranteed, especially when there is plenty of other fruit growing in the jungle. Continue along the river, enjoying lunch on your way, and head upstream to the renowned Camp Leakey – possibly the most famous place for orangutan research in the world. At Leakey, visit the education centre to learn a little bit more about the region, and keep an eye out for agile gibbons and wild pigs, as well as spotting the primates at the feeding centre. Afterwards, cruise down the river in search of orangutans socialising along the riverbank. There may be the chance of a night walk in the early evening once you’ve tied up the klotoks – these, in fact, will be your sleeping quarters for tonight!
Accommodation
  • Overnight klotok boat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tanjung Puting NP - Camp Leakey
  • Tanjung Puting NP - Klotok boat cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please note that at the feeding centre, as with other places where you’ll encounter orangutans, visitors are not allowed to bring in food or water, and no contact with the animals is permitted to prevent the possible spread of diseases.

Sleeping arrangements tonight will be on board the klotok on mattresses on deck. Mosquito nets and all bedding will be provided. There is one bathroom on the Klotok boat which has cold water bucket showers. Depending on the size

Today you will need to pack a small bag for the overnight trip on the Klotok boat leaving your large bag stored at the eco lodge. You will need to bring a change of clothes, waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera and toiletries.
Enjoy breakfast on board and then cruise back to Feeding Platform Two to check if any orangutans are nearby. Stop at the Friends of the National Parks Foundation’s (FNPF) reforestation area – about a 45-minute walk from the river. Here, you’ll plant some trees to contribute to the reforestation project – one of many across Indonesia. Later in the afternoon, visit Feeding Platform One, close to the eco-lodge. Tonight, after dark, enjoy dinner on the boat and perhaps witness some fireflies swarming among the nipah palms. If the weather is right, it's a magical experience to see the night lit up by these amazing insects. Return to the eco-lodge tonight for the rest of the evening.
Accommodation
  • Eco Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tanjung Puting NP - Tree Planting at Friends of the National Parks Foundation
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel by klotok this morning for 3-4 hours to the town of Kumai, with lunch served on board. From here, transfer to the local airport for a flight bound for Palangka Raya, the capital of central Kalimantan. Transfer to the hotel on arrival and have a free afternoon and evening at your leisure. If you’d like to get out and about, why not! Ask your group leader if they’ve got any hot tips for this up-and-coming city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Time to head off for some more wildlife adventures! Depart early for Sebangau National Park this morning for the best chance to see wildlife seeking out food and water near the riverside. There is the possibility of seeing orangutans, proboscis monkeys, macaques, monitor lizards, hornbills, kingfishers and – if you’re extra lucky – clouded leopards. Sebangau National Park is a place where wild animals have begun to repopulate after the area was affected by illegal logging and wildfires for many years. You’ll be able to explore by canoe and on foot with a local ranger for a few hours. After lunch, there is some free time to relax or take a swim, before heading back to Palangka Raya and the hotel for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sebangau NP - Wildlife ranger walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Walking through peat swamp forest can be a challenge. During dry season it is quite easy but it will be harder when water levels are high. Expect rough trails and watch out for tree roots, ant nests, mosquitoes, other insects and snakes. Wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and trail boots – high rubber boots will be necessary when the trail is flooded.
After breakfast, travel around 40 minutes to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF). Here, you’ll get to learn all about the foundation and its work in rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing critically endangered orangutans back into the wild. You’ll see a series of presentations and videos at the visitor centre explaining their work, and you’ll also have a chance to ask questions of the staff. Behind the centre, you can view – through a glass wall – the pre-release orangutan section, where some primates will be living until they are returned to their jungle homes. Enjoy a local lunch nearby before taking a drive to your longhouse stay tonight. It's an effort to get there but it will be well worth it! You’ll all jump into jeeps and travel for around 5 hours along tarmac and unpaved roads. Longhouses are the traditional dwellings of people in this area, and your accommodation is located right in the centre of Tumbang Malahoi village. On arrival there’ll be a Tumpang Tawar (blessing ceremony) to welcome you into the village and the longhouse. After dinner, why not join in on the fun with a family dance in the longhouse’s hallways.
Accommodation
  • Longhouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Palangka Raya - Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation visit
  • Tumbang Malahoi Village - Traditional dancing
  • Tumbang Malahoi Village - Blessing ceremony
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Tonight you will be staying with a local family. Accommodation is basic, but comfortable. There will be simple mattresses set up on the floor in the communal area of the longhouse to sleep on, with sheets and pillows provided. Electricity is available only overnight; bathing facilities are cold water bucket showers and there is a squat toilet, located outside. Dinner will be served in the longhouse tonight – expect true local food, shared together while sitting on the floor.
After a simple local breakfast, take a walk around to learn about how the people of this village live. The majority of the villagers here work as carpenters, gold miners or fishermen. Later, explore the nearby jungle with some of the locals. After lunch in the jungle, return to the longhouse to say your farewells before heading back to Palangka Raya in a jeep (approximately 5 hours). Sit back and relax with a chilled-out afternoon at the resort with your travel crew.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tumbang Malahoi Village - Village & jungle walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After a pretty jam-packed week, today is free for you to do what you’d like.There are a range of optional activities on offer, including a canoe trip to see the islands where Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s pre-release program takes place. Also on offer is a trip to Tangkiling Hill – about a 30-minute drive away from the accommodation. Here, you can climb up the steps for 200 metres to the top of one of the seven hills and get a 360-degree view of the city and surrounds. On the way back, you might like to stop at the Dayak spiritual site of Batu Banama. Otherwise, there’s a range of walks to local villages or bikes for hire to explore further afield.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Palangka Raya - Tangkiling Hill & Batu Banama tour - INR20000
  • Palangka Raya - Sei Gohong River boat tour (per 2 people) - INR300000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
In order to preserve the local environment and sustainable practices of the area, please note that there are strict guidelines to follow if you choose to take part in the Sei Gohong River Orangutan Pre-release Islands tour today. Sei Gohong River is the area where Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s (BOSF) orangutan pre-release program takes place. You will need to obey rules from BOSF to avoid human contamination of the wild orangutans. It is also forbidden to take photos with professional cameras – this is to avoid media misuse of such material. If you wish to use professional cameras, you will need a special permit from BOSF. Please speak to your group leader if you have any more concerns with this optional activity.
Transfer to the airport today for your flight back to Jakarta. After checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish, and with a range of things to see and do in Jakarta, such as visiting the Grand Mosque or the Catholic Cathedral, you’ll be kept occupied by this lively city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Plane, Taxi, Klotok boat, Canoe, Jeep, Minivan

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Eco-lodge (2 nights), Klotok Boat (1 night), Longhouse (1 night), Resort (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Tanjung Puting NP - Camp Leakey
  • Tanjung Puting NP - Klotok boat cruise
  • Tanjung Puting NP - Tree Planting at Friends of the National Parks Foundation
  • Sebangau NP - Wildlife ranger walk
  • Palangka Raya - Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation visit
  • Tumbang Malahoi Village - Traditional dancing
  • Tumbang Malahoi Village - Blessing ceremony
  • Tumbang Malahoi Village - Village & jungle walk

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Important notes

1. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking for the flight ticket on this trip. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding Day 3 (Klotok), Days 5-6 (Palangka Raya) & Day 7 (Longhouse)
3. A minimum of 4 travellers is required for departures of this trip to run

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