Orangutan, Wildlife and River Trips in Kalamantan

Tangung Puting National Park

Located in the peninsula on the south coast of Borneo , in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan , the park consists of 300.040 hectares (741,100 acres). Started as a game reserve for the protection of Orangutans in 1936 and 1937, it was upgraded to a National Park in 1982. It is the only protected area in South East Asia with a vast tract of wetlands, lowland, mature tropical heath and swamp forests with large rookeries that provide breeding grounds for a wide population of waterfowl. The park is rich in wildlife including Orangutans, Proboscis monkeys which are found only in Borneo , long tail macaque, over 200 species of birds - especially hornbills and kingfishers.

Occasionally agile gibbon, grey gibbon, red leaf monkey, Malayan sun bear and crocodile are seen.

Main locations:

Camp Leakey : Located about 30 minutes to the right from a branch of Sekonyer river. Camp Leakey was established in 1971 to support research activities in Tanjung Puting Wildlife Reserve. Now this area also functions as orangutans rehabilitation centre. The Camp and surrounding area is designated as a special utility zone. Over the years, the camp has served the research efforts of several scientists and students. Tourist will be able to walk on certain trails of the trail system without disturbing the research activities. On the way to Camp Leakey (on Sekonyer Simpang Kanan river), you may occasionally see crocodiles.

Tanjung Harapan: The first guard post in the park that was constructed in the late of 1970's. Tanjung Harapan was the original site of the Sekonyer Village , which moved across the Sekonyer river. The area surrounding is designated as utilization zone. In this area, several facilities for park management as well as for visitors have been constructed. Tanjung Harapan is also an alternate orangutan center.

Pondok Tanguy: Newly established rehabilitation center for orangutans. Located between Tanjung Harapan and Natai Lengkuas.

This user friendly trip starts and ends in Kalmantan, Borneo , Indonesia.

In this unique, soft adventure trip you visit the orangutan research and rehabilitation centres: Camp Leakey , Tanjung Harapan and Pondok Tanguy. We will use “klotok”, a traditional fisherman boat which have been modified to carry tourists and explore the quiet Sekonyer river visiting the centers while experiencing up close the atmosphere of the tropical rain forest.

Natural tannins darken the pure river water and provide beautiful reflections. We will walk around the centers to meet the orangutans, the proboscis monkeys, gibbons and other endemic fauna and exotic flora of Borneo . You can either spend the nights on the boat surrounded only by jungle sounds, in the comfortable lodge or a combination of the two.

This trip is suitable for children and families.

Orangutan Tour One

Duration: 04 days / 03 nights

Start / Finish: Pangkalan Bun Airport , Central Kalamantan

Grade: Easy

Day 01: Pangkalan Bun Airport - Kumai - Tanjung Harapan (L,D)

Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun airport in the morning, met by our guide and direct transfer by road to the boat at Kumai for 20 minutes. The boat is a traditional Klotok wooden river boat about 6m by 2m with a roof which forms the upper deck where you can view the rain forest as it glides by. The guide's team includes the boatman, a cook and expert guide. Lunch is served on the way to Tanjung Harapan, a rehabilitation center for orphaned orangutans, 2 hours away from Kumai. Here the playful and friendly baby orangutans are taught the first stages in fending themselves in the jungle. In the peaceful afternoon you have chance to explore to quite river independently by a dugout canoe or by the klotok while observe the monkeys along the riverside. Dinner and overnight on the boat at the pier of Tanjung Harapan. Thin mattress, pillow, good meals, bottled "mineral" water, mosquito net, kitchen, simple toilet available on the boat. There is a well in Tanjung Harapan to use for bathing or clean up.

Day 02: Tanjung Harapan - Camp Leakey (B,L,D)

After breakfast board the klotok to travel up river for about 2 hours boating and then up a side creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rain forest. At Camp Leakey you will have opportunity to trek into the rain forest with your expert guide and the forestry rangers to appreciate the flora as well as perhaps sighting wild orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and birds. After trekking, cool off with dip in the tea coloured water, which is pure but stained with natural tannins. Lunch provided on the boat. Afternoon ; visit the feeding station to see rehabilitated orangutans given additional food Dinner and overnight on the boat for a further opportunities to see the wildlife in the evening and early morning.

Day 03: Camp Leakey - Ponduk Tanguy (B,L,D)

After breakfast under the morning dew we make a second visit at Camp Leakey for a morning trekking to see the orangutans and other wildlife. After lunch by boat down river through the park to Pondok Tanguy while enjoying monkeys, birds and other wildlife along the river bank. Pondok Tanguy is the newest established rehabilitation center for the new ex-captive orangutans. We will meet the orangutans and trek for about 30 minutes to a feeding station for the orangutan afternoon feeding time. Overnight at Pondok Tanguy pier.

Day 04: Pondok Tanguy - Kumai - Pangkalan Bun airport (B)

After breakfast return to Kumai and direct transfer to the airport for flight to Semarang and onto Jakarta or other next destinations. Tour ends

Guide price based on at least 2 people travelling

* Prices are subject to change with/without prior notice

* Prices are quoted in US Dollars

02 Pax : USD 315 / person

10 Pax or more : USD 220 / Person


All tours & Activities mentioned on above programs start and end at Pangkalan Bun Airport, River transportation (slow boat/"klotok"), transport and transfers (no airconditioned vehicles available in Pangkalan Bun), accommodation on boat for the whole tour, English speaking guide and cook, full board meals as indicated above (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner), donations, Ranger's fee and National Park entry fees, snacks, soft drink, bottled water ("Aqua") during trekking only.


Airfares, All tours, services, transfers on other places which are not mentioned on above programs, airport taxes and extra baggage, laundry, telecommunication fee, extra meals, beverages and accommodations at Rimba Lodge, personal expenses and all expenses incurred due to flight cancellations / delays or due to other causes beyond our control ("force majeure").

NB Overnights in the Lodge

There is a river side lodge (non air-conditioned) on the river side near Tanjung Harapan. We think it is expensive. Additional supplement for overnight at the Lodge is USD 50 / person per night including one dinner and one breakfast.

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