Tours

All our Borneo orang utan trips will be customised for you according to your flight arrival and departure times, and whether you have any special interests or requests. Quotes will be sent with possible itineraries according to what arrival details you specify when you inquire. All quotes include travel by standard klotok. Large/medium klotoks are often available at a higher price. See below for more details.  The larger klotoks can sometimes be fully booked during the high season, so cannot be guaranteed until booking is final.

We can also offer some info about local hotels of varying standards for you – please enquire for more details.

1 day Orangutan Trip

You have the choice of an early start, with a late finish, travelling by klotok, or a shorter visit to the park by speedboat.

If opting for a klotok trip, meet your guide at Pangkalan Bun airport from an early morning arrival, or meet at your hotel in Pangkalan Bun or Kumai, then transfer to Kumai to board your private klotok river boat.

Travel by Klotok up the Sekoyner river to Camp Leakey in Tanjung Puting  National Park, viewing riverside wildlife along the way. Look out for crocodiles on the river bank! Enjoy a tasty lunch on the klotok. Guided trip into the forest to the feeding platform for the orangutan feeding. Return trip by klotok to Kumai, with dinner on board, viewing wildlife along the riverside as the sun goes down.

Transfer from Kumai back to your hotel.

If opting for the speedboat, meet your guide at your hotel or the airport, then transfer to Kumai. Board your speedboat for your trip up river. Reach Camp Leakey and take a gentle trek into the forest to search for wildlife. Return to your boat and enjoy lunch provided. After lunch, return into the forest to attend the orangutan feeding, where you should see rehabilitated and sometimes wild orangutans arriving to enjoy bananas and milk from the park rangers. Afterwards, return to Kumai by speedboat, and transfer back to your hotel or the airport.

2 days / 1 night

Pick up from the airport by your guide, or pick up from your hotel in Pangkalan Bun or Kumai, then register with the local police. Transfer to Kumai to board your private klotok river boat.

Travel by Klotok up the Sekoyner river to Camp Leakey, viewing riverside wildlife along the way. Lunch on the klotok. Guided trip into the forest to the feeding platform for the orangutan feeding. Travel back down river, have dinner, observe wildlife coming to the river’s edge at dusk, and then sleep on the klotok.
Next morning awake early to hear the dawn chorus as the forest awakes, enjoy a good breakfast, then make your way back down river to Kumai, stopping at Pondok Tanggui orangutan rehabilitation site and opposite at Tanjung Harapan village on the way.

Transfer from Kumai back to the airport for your departure, or back to your hotel in Pangkalan Bun.

3 days / 2 nights

Meet your guide who will pick you up from the airport, or pick up from your hotel in Pangkalan Bun or Kumai, and take you to register with the local police. Transfer to Kumai to board your private klotok river boat.

Travel by Klotok up river to Pondok Tanggui rehabilitation centre to view orangutans. Have lunch on the klotok, and then visit Tanjung Harapan village across the river. Travel up river to view riverside wildlife, have dinner on the klotok, and enjoy the dusk activity of wildlife visiting the riverside. Sleep on the klotok.

Next morning wake early enjoying the dawn chorus as the forest awakes around you. After a good breakfast, continue upriver to Camp Leakey, viewing riverside wildlife along the way. Enjoy a guided walk into the forest to observe birds and other wildlife, before returning to enjoy a tasty lunch on the klotok. After lunch, your guide will take you back into the forest to the feeding platform for the orangutan feeding. Return to the klotok for dinner, and travel back down river to observe wildlife coming to the river’s edge at dusk, and then sleep on the klotok.

Next morning awake early to hear the dawn chorus again, enjoy another good breakfast, then travel back down river to Kumai. Transfer back to the airport for your flight, or to your hotel.

*This schedule can also incorporate half a day’s visit to Tanjung Keluang turtle conservation project, and/or a visit to Yayorin Conservation Center.

4 days /  3 Nights

Meet your guide who will pick you up from the airport, or pick up from your hotel in Pangkalan Bun or Kumai, and take you to register with the local police. Transfer to Kumai to board your private klotok river boat.

Travel by Klotok up river to Pondok Tanggui rehabilitation centre to view orangutans. Have lunch on the klotok, and then visit Tanjung Harapan village across the river. Travel up river to view riverside wildlife, have dinner on the klotok, and enjoy the dusk activity of wildlife visiting the riverside. Sleep on the klotok.

Next morning wake early enjoying the dawn chorus as the forest awakes around you. After a good breakfast, continue upriver to Pondok Ambung, a Proboscis monkey research post near Camp Leakey. Enjoy a walk into the forest, before returning to the klotok for lunch. After lunch travel on to Camp Leakey, viewing riverside wildlife along the way. Your guide will then take you into the forest to the feeding platform for the orangutan feeding. Return to the klotok for dinner, and travel back down river a little to observe wildlife coming to the river’s edge at dusk, and then sleep on the klotok.

Next morning, enjoy the dawn chorus and a good breakfast, before returning to camp Leakey for a guided walk into the forest to observe birds and other wildlife, before returning to enjoy lunch on the klotok. After lunch, your guide will take you back into the forest to the feeding platform for a second chance to view orangutans feeding. Return to the klotok for dinner, and travel down river to find a nice place to stay for the night.

Next morning awake early to hear the dawn chorus on your final morning in the park, enjoy another good breakfast, then travel back down river to Kumai. Transfer back to the airport for your flight, or to your hotel.

*This schedule can also incorporate a visit to Tanjung Keluang turtle conservation project overnight, and/or a visit to Yayorin Conservation Center.

Night trekking

On 3, 4 and 5 day tours, there are sometimes opportunities for taking short treks into the forest before dawn, and after dusk. This depends on where you are, and the safety situation at the time – which is assessed by your guide. If you can, it is wonderful to take such an opportunity, to experience the forest in the dark, by torchlight. Spot nocturnal wildlife: glowing mushrooms, fireflies, sleeping birds and others, and see a magical side to the beautiful area!

Camping in the forest – currently unavailable, March 2014

There is the option of camping in the forest for one night. This would be in the middle of a 4 or 5 day tour, probably on the 2nd or 3rd day. You would start at Pondok Tanggui, where you would leave your klotok, and trek for around 5 hours into the forest. You would stop in the evening, and camp in tents overnight, before continuing onto Camp Pesalat the next morning. There you should be able to plant a tree or two in the reforestation area, before joining your klotok again to continue your tour up river. As this option involves more local staff, and equipment hire from Tanjung Harapan, there is an extra charge of up to 3 million Rupiah on top of the normal klotok tour prices.

The Klotoks

All the klotoks that we use are equipped with a western toilet, mosquito nets, thin futon-type matresses, pillows, bedding, mineral water, and tasty food. They are also equipped with basic 1st aid kits and life jacket.

The bathroom is a small partitioned area at the back of the klotok, which includes a sit-down toilet, and bucket of river water with scoop. The toilet is flushed with water from the bucket. The bucket of water is also for washing yourself from, as is tradition in Indonesia. Please be aware that all klotoks on the river use the brown river water for these purposes, as there is no supply of treated, ‘white’ water on tours. Water for cooking purposes though, is clear, treated water.

Larger klotoks are often available at a higher price. These are suitable for 5 or more guests, and often have an electricity socket on board (but not guaranteed).  They are much steadier in the water, and can comfortably accommodate between 8 and 12 people. The smaller, standard size klotoks aren’t unstable, but if you were to compare both by moving around on them, then you would find that the larger klotoks sway less, from side to side. When you move around on the standard klotoks, you find you must use your balance more than you need to on the larger klotoks. While they are moving in the water, and you are seated, then there is no difference to the way it feels. The same can be said of when you are still at night time. It’s only when you wish to move around on board when you would feel the klotok would sway more on a standard klotok in comparison to the larger one. Staff on you klotok will include your captain, sometimes an assistant, guide, and 1 or 2 cooks.

Local area visits

Yayorin Conservation centre, close to Pangkalan Bun.

Yayorin (Yayasan Orangutan Indonesia) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) whose main activities focus on research, education and conservation of orangutans and other wildlife, as well as the tropical rainforests as their habitats.Yayorin was established in July 4th, 1991, at the city of Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, and believes in the vision of “the preservation of the forest for the welfare of human beings today and of next generations to come.”

Through its activities, Yayorin believes in the empowerment of the local communities who live in the surrounding forests and in the ability of these communities to manage their own forest and natural resources. In addition, Yayorin also tries to promote orangutan conservation through environmental education efforts, such as: visiting remote villages, local schools and governmental institutions, as well as developing educational programs that can bring real benefits to the local population.

Enjoy a guided tour of this peaceful and very important centre, where you may meet the centre’s cow, or feed their fish.

Yayorin also runs a small homestay, where you stay in small rattan rooms, in their garden, by the fish ponds.

Kubu Beach

A nice stretch of coast, around half an hour from Pangkalan Bun. A peaceful and breezy  place to relax and enjoy gado-gado or locally caught seafood at the sea’s edge! There is a small, old, playground for children, and palm trees to shade you from the midday sun. Various warungs (cafes) offer simple traditional dishes such as gado-gado (vegatables with peanut sauce), barbequed crab and other seafood with cold drinks or fresh coconuts!

For an unspoilt beach and cleaner water, perhaps consider a visit to Tanjung Keluang beach, reachable by boat from Kubu.

Istana Kuning

A traditional longhouse in Pangkalan Bun, full of Dayak history.

Pangkalan Bun River canoe trip

Traditional wooden boat ride along the river.

Contact us with any questions about any of our trips or local visits!

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