On our Orangutan Expedition we will travel to the Tanjung Puting National Park, which is found in central Kalimantan. We travel from the port city of Pangkalabun, to the remote town of Kumai. Here we will travel up river into the park and into dense jungle, home of the Orangutan.
Tanjung Puting National Park is a unique place in itself. It is not only home to the Orangutan, but also the rare Proboscis monkey (which we see plenty of) and the false gavial crocodile.
The park houses two different organizations that are trying to protect both the eco-system of the area and the Orangutan themselves. These groups are the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) and Friends of the National Park Foundation (FNPF). We will visit their camps and take a look at the work they are doing. Funds from this expedition are donated to both organizations.
Your home for three days will be our river boat or Klotok. It is equipped with a shower and sit down toilet and at night you will sleep on deck on comfortable mattresses. Our captain and crew will cook up delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
While we are not walking through the Kalimantan jungle or visiting orphanages, we can relax on deck watching the wild life, read a book or maybe go for a swim in the pristine waters of the Tanjung Puting National Park.
The Save the Orangutan Expedition can be a life altering experience. The sheer size and gentle nature of the Orangutan will leave many with not only fond memories but a real desire to help one of our closest relatives.
Day 1: Denpasar to Surabaya
Transfer from hotel to Denpasar airport; fly to Surabaya on the island of Java for an overnight stay before your early flight to Kalimantan.
Day 2: Surabaya to Pangkalan bun
Transfer to Surabaya airport for the flight to Pangkalan bun on Kalimantan. Transfer from airport to the hotel in Pangkalan bun, settle into room and then off for a motor canoe trip up the river to experience the local lifestyle. Transfer back to hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 3: Pangkalan bun – Kumai – Seikonyer River – Tanjung Harapan - Pondok Tanggui
After breakfast transfer to the small town of Kumai where you will board your boat, called a Klotok, and meet your crew. Once boarded the crew will start the trip up to Tanjung Harapan village for a short tour and a chance to buy traditional crafts from the local Dayak people. Leave Tanjung Harapan village for the first chance to meet Orangutan at the Tanjung Harapan rehabilitation camp.
After meeting staff from the camp and seeing Orangutan being prepared for eventual release we set off up the Seikonyer River and into the Leaky River to see Proboscis monkeys, Macaques, crocodiles, lizards and numerous bird species, including the magnificent Horn Bill. The night will be spent aboard your Klotok, sleeping on a bed set up by your crew with a mosquito net up on the top deck.
Day 4: Pondok Tanggui – Camp Leaky – Croc Lake
After waking to the sounds of the jungle animals you will trek to see the morning viewing area where you can see orphaned Orangutan and maybe even some semi- wild Orangutan. After the morning feeding your Klotok sails further up the Leaky River towards camp Leaky where you will have a chance to visit the information center to learn about the Orangutan as well as the other animals and plants of the Tanjung Putting National Park.
From the visitors center you will be led by a local Ranger and your guide on a trek through the Jungle around camp Leaky. Here you will have a chance to see some of the diverse range of wildlife that inhabits the area. It is possible to sometime see Kosasih, the King Orangutan; he is about fifty years old and weighs over 100 kilograms.
After the trek you will go back to the boat for Lunch and a rest. After lunch you will be led to a remote rainforest feeding station for the afternoon feeding. You will leave camp Leakey in the late afternoon to Croc Lake where we will spend the night.
Day 5: Croc Lake - Camp leakey or Pondok Tanggui - Pangkalan Bun Hotel
It’s your last day in the jungle of Borneo, before we return to Kumai then the hotel in Pangkalan Bun, you have an opportunity to do one last trek through the jungle around camp Leaky or you may like to re-visit one of the other places on your return trip to Kumai. Which one will depend on what you decide? Once back in Kumai you will be transferred back to the hotel in Pangkalan bun.
Day 6: Pangkalan Bun Hotel – Airport
Wake early for your transfer to the airport for your journey back to Surabaya and then onto Denpasar.
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