For the ultimate escape from the city, the natural treasures of Borneo are in easy reach, only 1½ hours from Jakarta 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.
Departs 9am every Tuesday
Day 1 PALANGKA RAYA – START CRUISE – KATIMPUN
Meet at Palangka Raya your hotel or at the airport for transfer to your boat in Palangka Raya harbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue upstream along the forest lined river, passing villages. We stop at the village of Petuk Katimpun and walk along boardwalks to visit the small library foundation. The boat continues upstream to a beautiful black water lake system, where we take canoes at sunset. Later we find a quiet location for overnight. [L/D]
Day 2 PALAS ISLAND – BOS – SEI GOHONG
The boat moves up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast. On arrival to Palas Island, a pre-release island operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), take a motorized canoe to observe the orangutans and later continue to the BOS Education Centre where orangutans are awaiting release in socialization cages. Learn about the BOS history and rehabilitation programs.
Return to the boat and enjoy a leisurely lunch on board while cruising to Sei Gohong village. The boat will continue upstream passing Kaja and Bangamat islands, Orangutan pre-release islands. Here we transfer to small canoes to have closer observation of the orangutans before heading for a refreshing swim in the black water lake, if river water level is sufficient.
Return to the boat for dinner and overnight in a quiet location. [B/L/D]
Day 3 SEI GOHONG – KANARAKAN
Early morning short transfer to Tangkiling Hill by car, to visit Dayak cultural spirit houses and make the climb to the top of the hill. After breakfast, we depart for Kanarakan, passing the orangutan islands. In Kanarakan we are met by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around with him 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.
Return to boat for lunch and cruise downstream.
Have dinner and later overnight in a quiet location on the river. [B/L/D]
Day 4 MUARA RUNGAN- BUKIT RAWI – DEPARTURE
After breakfast, the boat cruises to the village of Tanjung Sanggalang on the Kahayan River. Transfer to cars for the short trip to Bukit Rawi and Sigi, where we see the ancient Dayak painted sandungs and watch a traditional dance. Board the boat for your final cruise to Rambang Harbour in Palangka Raya. Check out at 2pm and transfer to your hotel or the airport.
Tour ends. [B/L]
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. Also please respect the animals and do not try to attract their attention, do not feed them and be quiet when observing them. We maintain the appropriate distance from the animals, as requested by the BOS Foundation