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 Center 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 – PALANGKA RAYA – PANGKALANBUN – KUMAI
Enjoy your last breakfast on board as the boat cruises to Tangkiling. Leave the boat early for air-conditioned car transfer to Palangka Raya airport 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, cruise off 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 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.
After early breakfast, boat up to Pondok Tanggui Camp to witness orangutan feeding around 9 am. Upon arrival at Pondok Tanggui, we walk to feeding area. After orangutan feeding, we can take a short trekking in the forest then proceed to Camp Leakey which takes about 1,5 – 2 hours by boat. After lunch, we will have a chance to take another short trekking or see information center before witnessing orangutans’ feeding time around 2 pm. After visiting Camp Leakey, we boat down slowly to Nipa Palm area where we can see beautiful fireflies at night when the weather is good. On the way there, we can still observe the monkeys, birds, and other animals. Overnight on the boat. [B/L/D]
Day 5 TANJUNG PUTING – KUMAI – DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT
Boat returns to Kumai. Taxi transfer to the airport. Tour ends.
Includes: Airport transfers, English speaking guides, meals, cruises in Palangka Raya and Tanjung Puting, flight Palangka Raya to Pangkalan Bun, visit to BOS Foundation Education Centre (if open)
Excludes: Arriving air fare to Palangka Raya, departing airfare from Pangkalan Bun, no guide on flight Palangka Raya to Pangkalan Bun (approx 1 hour), alcoholic and soda beverages, personal insurance, optional tours