A special combination tour to enable you to see the work of 2 famous and successful orangutan rehabilitation centres in Central Kalimantan. Although orangutan habitat is threatened by forest clearance and annual fires, Central Kalimantan is still home to the largest surviving wild populations in the world.
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. Learn about the BOSF rehabilitation programs.
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 3 SEI GOHONG – KATIMPUN
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 nearby. [B/L/D]
Day 4 PALANGKA RAYA – SAMPIT – PANGKALAN BUN – KUMAI
After breakfast, the boat cruises to Palangka Raya for check out. Leave the boat early for air-conditioned car transfer to Sampit to pick up the flight to Pangkalan Bun. On arrival at Pangkalan Bun airport, a guide will pick you up and then transfer to Kumai by car (approximately 30 minutes). Upon arrival in Kumai, check in to your cabin on board the KM Sekonyer and the boat moves downstream to explore the nipah palm mangrove and wildlife along the Sekonyer River. Lunch is served on board. Late afternoon, observe the proboscis monkey and other primates along the river.
The KM Sekonyer is a traditional klotok, a wooden river boat about 18 m x 3m. We have rebuilt her to include 3 cabins below, and viewing deck above, furnished comfortably, where we can view the rain forest as it glides by. Overnight on the boat. [B/L/D]
Day 5 CAMP LEAKEY – BOAT/LODGE
After breakfast, the KM Sekonyer travels up river for about 21⁄2 hours and then up a side creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rain forest and also known as research center for Orangutan. Trekking through tropical rainforest searching for wildlife, wild orangutan, birds and other primate as well as tropical jungle plant. Back to the boat for lunch then witness feeding time at 2 pm for old rehabilitation orangutan given additional foods. Overnight on the boat.
Day 6 PONDOK TANGGUY – PESALAT – TANJUNG HARAPAN – BOAT/LODGE
After breakfast, boat down the river to Pondok Tanggui which is a rehabilitation center for the ex-captive orangutans and see feeding time around 9 am. Continue to Pesalat where we will have the opportunity to trek in the forest to observe the wildlife and see reforestation project. We can also plant a seedling there by donation, to help the project. In the afternoon, visit Tanjung Harapan rehabilitation center to witness another feeding time around 3 pm. After that, we may visit a village near the national park. Boat down the river to the Nipah palm area where we can see the beautiful fireflies when the weather is good. Overnight on the boat. [B/L/D]
Day 7 TANJUNG PUTING – KUMAI – DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT
Boat returns to Kumai. Taxi transfer to the airport. Tour ends.
Includes : Airport transfers, English speaking guides (except in taxi trip Plk-Kumai), meals (except lunch in taxi trip Plk-Kumai), cruises in Palangka Raya and Tanjung Puting, air con charter car transfer from Tangkiling to Sampit, flight Sampit to Pangkalan Bun, visit to BOS Foundation Education Centre (if open)
Excludes :Air fares Jakarta to Palangka Raya, airfare Pangkalan Bun to Jakarta, meal & guide on road trip (as above), alcoholic and soda beverages, personal insurance, optional tours