Day 1: PALANGKA RAYA – TUMBANG MALAHOI
Pick up from airport and transfer direct to Tumbang Malahoi by car (approx 4 hours) .Simple lunch on the way. On arrival, a welcome ceremony will be performed before settling into your room at the longhouse and resting. Later join the family of the longhouse for dinner. Gather after dinner to talk with the elders about the history of this longhouse and everyday life here, the culture and traditions.
[B/L/D] Simple accommodation in the Longhouse
Day 2: JUNGLE WALK – MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
After breakfast, a local guide will take you trekking in the forest near the longhouse to see ironwood or rubber tree plantation areas. See how to take latex from the trees and listen to the Dayak agricultural philosophy. After lunch together at the longhouse with the family, visit a Kaharingan (the Dayak traditional religion) temple. Enjoy the evening with musical performance and dance. Learn some stories behind some particular dances and play traditional music instruments. [B/L/D] Simple accommodation in the Longhouse
Day 3: PALANGKA RAYA – HOTEL CHECK IN
After breakfast, we pack the bags and say goodbye to the people of the longhouse. On arrival in Palangka Raya, check into your hotel and enjoy a swim.
Day 4: PALANGKA RAYA – START CRUISE
Meet at Palangka Raya airport and transfer your boat in Palangka Raya harbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue upriver along the forest lined river, passing villages. In the early evening, take a canoe through the shimmering black water lakes. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, hornbills, and Brahmini kites. Return to the boat for a quiet dinner in the midst of the jungle.[L/D]
Day 5: BAPALLAS ISLAND – KANARAKAN
The boat moves up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast. On arrival to Bapallas Island, take a motorised canoe to observe orangutans.Then continue to the BOSF Education Centre where adult orangutans are waiting to be placed on the pre-release islands. Learn about the BOSF rehabilitation programs.(Only open in Saturday and Sunday)
Leisurely lunch onboard while cruising to Kanarakan, a tiny riverside village on the Rungan River. Arriving in the afternoon, welcomed by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around the village with a local host to see the village home gardens, rubber field & rubber tapping demonstration, and other village livelihoods. Visit to the elder’s house and enjoy the traditional spices coffee while sharing stories.
Back to the boat and cruise down to Lake Tahai. Overnight. [B/L/D]
Day 6: SEI GOHONG – MUARA RUNGAN
Optional dawn canoeing to the lake for bird watching. Leisurely breakfast on board as the boat pass the orangutan pre-release island of Pulau Kaja.
Visit the village of Sei Gohong to meet the traditional medicine expert then a short walk to the nearby forest to find several plants that are used as traditional medications by the Ngajus. Back to the village and see a larger collection of the traditional medicines and discuss their functions with the locals.
Back to the boat and cruise down stream to Muara Rungan passing Katimpun village.
Overnight near Muara Rungan. [B/L/D]
Day 7: BUKIT RAWI – MUARA RUNGAN
After breakfast, the boat cruises to Tanjung Sangalang for check out and transfer to
Tour ends. [B]
Includes: airport and other transfers as indicated, cabin accommodation, , transport, longhouse meals and accommodation, English speaking guide, meals and drinks during the cruise, off-boat tours and service tax.
Excludes: Airfare, airport tax, porter, optional off boat tour, alcoholic and soda drinks on board
Itineraries are samples only. Cruise itineraries are subject to the starting port and to seasonal river conditions, but all offer the same experiences. Dry season conditions may cause alterations to the itineraries. Private charter itineraries may be tailor made to your timetable and special interests. Just ask us!
Please do not wear bright coloured clothing when viewing the orangutans. Professional cameras and other large size cameras, such as SLR’s, require special permits when photographing the orangutan.