7 Day Orangutan & Nature Tour in Tanjung Puting & Palangkaraya

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

(Starts Tuesday)

Meet at Palangka Raya airport and transfer your boat in Palangka Rayaharbour 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]


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]


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 taxi (approximately 30 minutes), passing several villages. Upon arrival in Kumai, boat moves up the river to explore the great mangrove, nipah palm, and wildlife along the Sekonyer River while lunch is prepared on the boat.  Late afternoon, observe the proboscis monkey and other primates along the river.

The klotok or boat is traditional boat wooden river boat about 14 m x 2,5m with roof which forms the upper deck where we can view the rain forest as it glides by. Overnight on the boat. [B/L/D]

All meals and overnight on the boat, includes simple mattress, pillow, meals, bottled mineral water, mosquito net, kitchen, simple toilet available. Helpful guide and boatmen.

Optional overnight at the Rimba Lodge - for the Lodge rates, just ask us!

Day 5               CAMP LEAKEY – BOAT/LODGE

After breakfast, the klotok travels up river for about 21⁄2 hours boating 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.

Optional overnight at the Rimba Lodge - for the Lodge rates, just ask us!


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]

Optional overnight at the Rimba Lodge - for the Lodge rates, just ask us!


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 


  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 & 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Robin, England

    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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.