- Meet our friendly red-haired cousins as they munch their bananas in the wild! Discover wildlife as you trek into the jungle to go to the feeding camps of the orangutans. Cruise the river on a traditional wooden boat called klotok, that got its name from the sound it makes. Experience sleeping at a-thousand-star accommodation!
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Norberto Rodriguez Sanchez
- Meet our friendly red-haired cousins as they munch their bananas in the wild!
- Discover wildlife as you trek into the jungle to go to the feeding camps of the orangutans.
- Cruise the river on a traditional wooden boat called klotok, that got its name from the sound it makes.
- Experience sleeping at a-thousand-star accommodation!
The Orangutan is the most popular and endangered animal which you can see in the Tanjung Puting National Park. There are about 9.000 Orangutans left in Borneo. This amount will only decrease as a result of the rise of palm oil plantations. The “wild” orangutans (not rehabilitated) are harder to find during the trip. You find them mainly near the river, deeper into the park. The ones you are going to see in this trip are at the camps, mostly rehabilitated.
Your Stay on the Klotok
You will travel through Tanjung Puting National Park by Klotok. During the trip, the Klotok is also the place where you sleep. Your stay on the Klotok is unique, because you will wake up by the chirp of the birds and can view the beauty of the rainforest from your bed ;) To have such a luxury the nature has to offer, however, somewhat means a limitation of modern facility. Please bear in mind that your stay on the Klotok cannot be compared with your stay in any hotel. Klotok is a simple wooden boat with limited facilities, but it has all you need to experience the Orangutan tour in Borneo.
Keeping Borneo Sustainable
Our fundamental principle is tourism without harming the environment. This is why our orangutan tours are different. They are specially designed to sustain the environment through responsible tourismto help conserve the forestand wildlife of Borneo. Over the years we have created several projects to reduce the polution in the area as a part of our support to the national park:
- Reusable drinking bottle: Instead of preparing numbers of 500ml drinking
water in plastic bottle for each guest on every meal or camp visit, we
provide steel bottles to the guests which they can refill from the big
water gallon on the klotok. This way we prevent we help to reduce the
numbers of plastic waste.
- Natural and biogradable 2in1 shampoo & shower gel provided to each guest which we hope can help to reduce the water contamination to the river.
- For every guest who books a trip to Tanjung Puting National Park, we donate 10 euros to support the ongoing projects held by several NGO in the National Park. The donation partly used for the reforestation project in Pesalat, and also to the foundations that conserves the orangutans.
- We try to offer snacks to guests which do not contain palm oil. This is not an easy task because palm oil is processed in almost every chips or cookies.
Arrive at Pangkalan Bun, on the island of Borneo, better known by the Indonesians as Kalimantan. Upon arrival at the airport your guide will be waiting for you, transfer to the port of Kumai about 15-20 minutes by car where we will embark on a great adventure! We arrive to our traditional wooden boat called klotok. Our guide will reconfirm with the crew that everything is ready and start the cruise up the river in the famous Sekonyer River aboard a klotok. If your flight arrives early (before 11.30 AM), we can arrive in time to the rehabilitation center of Tanjung Harapan where at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the rangers of the national park feed the orangutans and you can have the first close encounters with them. The translation of Tanjung Harapan is Cape of Hope. This first camp is one of the ones with more wetlands and being in the afternoon has more mosquitoes so make sure you put on enough mosquitoes repellent. After visiting this Rangers Camp, you will continue upstream, resting on the boat, while we search for animals in the vicinity of the Sekonyer River. This afternoon it is very frequent to see groups of proboscis monkeys and monkeys in the treetops, jumping from one branch to another, or even see crocodiles, lizards in the shallow waters of the sides of the river. Prepare for sunset, the boat moored on one side of the river to spend the night.
Meals : Lunch - Dinner
Accommodation : Klotok Boat
Day 2 : PONDOK TANGGUY - CAMP LEAKEY - TREKKING
After an extraordinary breakfast, we will go in time to see the Camp Tanggui at the time of feeding
(9 AM). Sooner or later you will see how the branches of the treetops begin to move and then you will see
the silhouettes of the Orangutans arriving to the feeding platform. Tanggui was a release camp for young
Orangutans that were rehabilitated, and they continue to add food every day, to prevent the Orangutans
from leaving because of lack of food, and they end up outside the National Park, with the following risk
of falling into traps of settlers or fields of palm oil plantations. After the Orangutans begin to leave, you will return to the klotok again to go further up the river. You will see how the coloration of the river changes and you will have the opportunity to see crocodiles and large lizards, together with Gibbon’s and proboscis Monkeys. Arrival at Camp Leakey, the old orangutan research and rehabilitation center since 1971, when a student at UCLA Los Angeles University, Birutte Galdikas began studying the Orangutans there. The name Camp Leaky comes from Birutte’s own teacher, the Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. At least 200 orangutans had already been cured and returned to the jungles thanks to this center. However since 1995, the Government of Indonesia has banned the introduction of more Orangutans in this camp, so Orangutans are increasingly adapting more to freedom. To this day, this camp is used as an investigation into the behavior and feeding of Orangutans. You will take advantage of your guide to explore the interiors of the jungle a bit to look for orangutans in freedom and other animals. At 14.00 you can see the feeding time of the Orangutans. You can also visit the small museum made by the scientist Dr. Birute Galdikas. When finished observing the orangutans in this camp and if the weather and conditions permit, we will make a short trek through the jungle on our way back to the boat to look for wild orangutans and other animals. We will have the opportunity to learn from our local guides who some of them were born in the jungle, how to look for animals or plants, or simply listen to their experience of life in the jungle. The jungles of Borneo have given life and are house to the settlers for many many years. The jungles that under the eyes of the grandparents are able to give everything you need. Food, water, medicines, etc. Yes... Never put anything in your mouth without the recommendation of your guide. In the afternoon, if it does not rain, the boat will be docked near a firefly congregation and you can enjoy the show of its luminescence.
Meals : Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Accommodation : Klotok Boat
Day 3 : KUMAI PORT - PANGKALAN BUN
In the early morning we will enjoy the last moments of the sounds of the jungle before heading
to the port to, in turn, be transferred to the airport.
Meals : Breakfast
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