Orangutan Tour in Tanjung Puting National Park - in Kalimantan (Indonesia Borneo) - 3 Days / 2 Nights Tour
Tanjung Putting National Park in Central Kalimantan (Indonesia Borneo) is one of the few remaining places on earth where Orangutans can be seen in the wild. Beside of Orangutans eight other primate species and rich bird life can be observed here. You will overnight in comfortable room in Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge in the middle of the rainforest. The Lodge can only be reached by boat from Kumai. The jetty of the lodge on the Sekonyer river is connected via series of covered boardwalks with the rooms, reception and restaurant. You can hear the cry of Gibbons and birdsongs and the resident Macaque monkey troop around.
From the Lodge you travel by klotok (wooden boats) upstream, surrounded by rainforest, to a number of feeding stations in the Tanjung Puting National Park, the most famous of which is Camp Leakey, established in 1971 by Professor Birute Galdikas, a student of Professor Louis Leakey (together with Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey). As you walk through the rainforest you often see orangutans and at Camp Leakey you sometimes see gibbons as well as many butterflies and birds. At the feeding stations you will get a wonderful opportunity to see these amazing primates up close.
Arrival at Pangkalan Bun - Kumai - Tanjung Harapan
You will meet your guide at Pangkalan Bun Airport, then transfer by car to the National Park Headquarters in the port of Kumai and jump on board your "klotok" an traditional riverboat for a leisurely boat ride on the Sekonyer River. Get immersed in the sheer beauty of Tanjung Puting National Park with its nipah palm vegetation, proboscis monkeys, long tailed macaques and more.
Depend on your arrival time check-in in hotel and having lunch or stright to Tanjung Harapan Feeding Station , where you experience your first encounter with critically endangered Orangutans. This station whas build in the late 70's and is located on the place of the original Sekonyer village. It is today rehabilitation center. At 3pm at the feeding station you can observe the majesticaly Oranutans in there natural envairoment. You can also visit the Sekonyer village over the river to get an inside of the daily live of the village. Dinner and accommodation in comfortable Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge surrounded by rainforest on the edge of the Sekonyer river and only reachable by boat from the port in Kumai.
Pesalat - Camp Leakey
If you wake up early, follow the boardwalk from the Rimba lodge to the Lookout through deep forest. Discover endemic birds and possibly wild orangutans. Return to the lodge and enjoy breakfast. Then, board your river boat and travel 15 minutes to the Pesalat Reforestation Center. This forest regeneration area offers a nice easy walk through peat swamp and dry land, nice birding, a medicinal plant area and it allows you to select saplings such as Ironwood and plant them. Talk to the local ranger and learn about the different stages necessary to grow ironwood. Clouded Leopard and Sun bears have occasionally been spotted in this area.
At 11:30 return to your boat and travel the Sekonyer River to Camp Leakey. Lunch is served on board. Camp Leakey is a landmark research and rehabilitation center established in 1971 by renowned primatologist, Dr Birute Galdikas and her former husband Rod Brindamour. Observe Orangutans in the wild and discover their vulnerability. Camp Leakey also offers an informed information center with a strong educational purpose.
Please follow recommendations and do not touch or disturb orangutans(humans transmit diseases), do not eat or drink in front of them, keep the area pristine.
On the way back watch for proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) roosting in trees on the rivers edge. Dinner and overnight at the Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge .
Depart to Kumai - Pangkalan Bun's airport
After breakfast at Rimba lodge boarding the "klotok" and take a leisurely boat ride before returning to Pankanlan Bun airport throu the port city of Kumai. Revive all your senses and let them retain the magic of Tanjung Puting National Park. Listen to the sounds of Kumai all day loudspeakers emanating from tall buildings where swift nests are being commercially harvested. The swift saliva is used for bird's nest soup and can reach 13 millions Rupiah and up per Kg. Indonesia is the biggest supplier and the trade has led certain swift colonies to be critically threatened.