Normally Kalimantan experiences a musim kamarau or dry season in August, September and October. In recent years this pattern has varied. This year, with the combination of an El Nino weather pattern, we are being warned to expect a longer and drier season than usual.
The extended dry conditions and the lack of rain have led to land clearance fires going out of control over large areas of Kalimantan, causing low visibility and high levels of particulate air pollution. These conditions make it unhealthy for our guests and unsafe to operate boats on the river.
Our airport suffers daily flight delays and cancellations.
As in normal years, the rains do return in November, and some rains are predicted to start falling in early October, our cruises will recommence from November.
To ensure that all guests on our cruises enjoy the activities as described in our website, we have amended the programs to adapt to the river as levels go down.
This program uses more car transfers and a sample is printed below.
We will automatically revert to our normal programs should the river conditions improve.
ORANGUTAN & DAYAK VILLAGE CRUISE
Dry season September October 2015 2n
Bukit Rawi – Muara Rungan – Palangkaraya
Day 1 ARRIVAL PALANGKARAYA – BUKIT RAWI – MUARA RUNGAN
Meet at Tjilik Riwut Airport or your hotel in Palangkaraya and transfer to the Rahai’i Pangun in Palangkaraya harbour to start your journey.
On arrival in Palangkaraya Port, do a walking though the boardwalk village to the handicraft street. Board the boat again for lunch and the cruise to Tanjung Sangalang. Here we transfer to cars for the short trip to the old Sigi village. See the magnificently painted sandungs (bonehouses) and watch as rubber is taken from the trees.
We then move to the village of Bukit Rawi for a stroll through the old town. Enjoy a traditional dance performance by the village children.
Return to the boat and cruise to the mouth of the Rungan River for dinner in the midst of the jungle.
Day 2 PALANGKARAYA– BAPALLAS ISLAND & ORANGUTAN EDUCATON CENTRE
Enjoy breakfast on board as the boat cruises to Palangkaraya.
Transfer to cars for the trip to Pangenan village. Here we board a large motorised canoe to see orang-utans on Bapallas Island, a beautiful pre-release island in the Rungan River.
After this, we visit the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation Education Centre, to learn more about their rescue and rehabilitation program.
Return to the cars for the short trip to the Eco Village in the Rungan Sari forest for lunch.
After lunch, we go to the nearby village of Sei Gohong to take canoes to see orangutans on Kaja pre-release island. After this experience, we return to the village for some local refreshments.
As dusk falls, we board cars to return the boat. Cruise downstream to a quiet location for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 PALANGKARAYA – CHECK OUT
Enjoy your last breakfast on board as the boat cruises to Palangkaraya.
Pack your bags for transfer to the airport.
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.