For the ultimate escape from the city, the natural treasures of Borneo are in easy reach, only 1½ hours from Jakarta on Garuda Indonesia’s regional service to the city of Palangka Raya. Come on over to Central Kalimantan for a relaxing jungle river journey. Relax in comfort and enjoy delicious food made on board as you travel through magical reflections, see orangutans on forested islands, and visit traditional Dayak villages to experience their riverside lifestyle.
Day 1 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 2 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 orangutans are waiting to be placed on the pre-release islands. Learn about the BOSF rehabilitation programs.
Leisurely lunch onboard while cruising to Kanarakan (subject to river conditions), a tiny riverside village on the Rungan River. Arriving in the afternoon, we are met 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 Sei Gohong village. Optional walk up Tangkiling Hill to see the sunset, stopping along the way to see the colourful Dayak spirit houses and and the huge boulder, Batu Banama, and hear about its legend.
Overnight on board. [B/L/D]
Day 3 SEI GOHONG – TANGKILING – DEPARTURE
Enjoy breakfast on board, and then set off for an early morning canoe ride to Kaja Island, orangutan pre-release island, also visiting the black water lakes. Returning to Sei Gohong, stroll around the village, before having your final lunch on board. Check out at 2pm for transfer to Palangka Raya airport or hotel.
Airport and other transfers as indicated, cabin accommodation, English speaking guide, meals and drinks during the cruise, off-boat tours and service tax.
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 orangutans. Permits can be obtained by WOW Borneo and are IDR 250.000 for each camera.
EXCITING TRIP TO WOW BORNEO
Last week WOW Borneo (KTD) arranged our trip and accompanied by our wonderful Dayak guide Dodi (and ’trainee’ guide Jonathan) we travelled upto see the long house (*betang*) at a little village called Tumbang Gagu, right up in the headwaters of the Sampit (or Mentaya) River.
KATHY AND JACQUES, SWITZERLAND
We had a wonderful 3 days and 2 nights on the beautiful Rahai’i Pangun. The whole crew looked after us every minute with great food, cool drinks and all the comforts to make our trip memorable. Thanks to Lorna, Sayful, Suryadi, Patirwin, Anto, Ujeng and Ready!
NAKASHIMA FAMILY, JAPAN
This Jungle River Cruise gave us a great present! The river and time pass slowly on the boat. Not only orangutans and jungle but also the people, especially the children of the village moved us so much. I was impressed!
To all on the Rahai’i Pangun, thank you for introducing me to the wonders of Central Kalimantan over a fantastic few days. Loved the boat, loved the concept, loved the food – and the company was pretty great too!
It was the trip of a lifetime!
MARDIAH GLEESON, USA
It was so moving to visit the two villages. Kanarakhan and Gaung Baru were memorable in their exchange of culture with us.
METTLIJS BORTE, HOLLAND
Thank you very much for an unforgettable jungle experience. The long boat journey through the flooded jungle was great. The food was excellent as well.
SUE & WERNER EBERT (AUSTRALIA)
The river cruise was beyond awesome. We had a great crowd on the boat. We had fantastic food and nothing was seen as too hard to do for us from all the crew.
RENEE DUGAN (AMERICA)
Thank you again for taking such great care of all of us during our recent visit to Kalimantan. You and the crew were so professional, kind, generous and fun. Our group really enjoyed getting to know you, eating the delicious food presented to us each day, and relaxing on your boat.
SUE HEWETT (21-24 DECEMBER 2012)
This cruise was everything we’d dreamed and more. The boat is very comfortable, the crew efficient and courteous and the food delicious! The guide couldn’t have been better – fun, passionate, thoughtful, knowledgeable and great company!
J.J WALLIA – SAN FRANSISCO, CALFIORNIA
This tour was one of the best vacation and wildlife experiences I have had (and I have seen pretty much everything in Africa). Despite all it has to offer, Kalimantan is a tough place to vacation in so I was not expecting much. However, I was blown away by this trip.