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 – 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 – 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 to Sei Gohong. Overnight nearby. [B/L/D]
Day 4 SEI GOHONG – TANJUNG PUTING
After breakfast, the boat cruises to Sei Gohong for check out. 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 the port of Kumai, check in to your cabin. The Wow Borneo boats are traditional klotoks, wooden river boats about 18 m x 3m. Rebuilt, each klotok includes 3 air conditioned and ensuite cabins below. Your cabin is fully equipped with sheets, towels and toiletries. The viewing deck above, furnished comfortably, is where we can view the rain forest as it glides by.
The boat cruises downstream, and enters the Sekonyer River, bordered by nipah palm mangroves, habitat of proboscis and many other monkey species. Lunch is served on board.
We stop first at Tanjung Harapan, a rehabilitation center for orangutans. After a short walk in the forest to the platforms, we witness feeding time at 15.00. Late afternoon, observe the proboscis monkey and other primates along the river. Overnight on the boat. [B/L/D]
Day 5 PESALAT – CAMP LEAKEY
After breakfast, the klotok cruises up river for about 2 hours, spotting wildlife in the forested river sides. En route, we stop at Pesalat, where we will have the opportunity to trek in the forest to observe the wildlife and see the reforestation project. We can also plant a seedling there by donation, to help the project. Boarding the klotok again, we have lunch whilst proceeding along the side creek to access Camp Leakey. Here the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rain forest. On arrival, we take an easy forest walk to see the original research station and historical display and to see feeding time at 14.00 pm. Overnight on board.
Day 6 PONDOK TANGGUY – TANJUNG HARAPAN
After breakfast, boat down the river to Pondok Tangguy which is a rehabilitation center for the ex-captive orangutans and see feeding time around 9 am. 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 – AIRPORT
Boat returns to Kumai for 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 Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Education Centre in Palangka Raya
Excludes : Airfare Jakarta to Palangka Raya, airfare Pangkalan Bun to Jakarta, alcoholic and soda beverages, personal insurance, optional tours