Explore the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. It comprises 73% of the island’s area. Here visitors will find remarkable cities and well kept nature reserves, home of the orangutans. The south and central Kalimantan are the most interesting provinces on this big island that has an area of almost 30% of the total land area of Indonesia.
DAY 1: BALI – CENTRAL JAVA
Early morning pick up at hotel and transfer to airport of Bali for flight to Yogyakarta. Upon arrival in Yogyakarta, drive to Semarang. The road leads past Borubudur Buddhist Temple and Losari, a lavish coffee estate, renovated into its former colonial splendor. Train lovers might want to visit the Ambarawa Train Station Museum, originally built as a railway station in the late 19th century by King Willem. Late afternoon or early night, check-in in hotel in Semarang.
DAY 2 : CENTRAL JAVA – PANGKALAN BUN – KUMAI – TANJUNG HARAPAN (B, L, D)
After breakfast, check out hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Pangkalan Bun in Borneo. Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun Airport, you will meet our local staff and go to Kumai to board a traditional klotok wooden river boat, with the size of about 12m by 2m, with roof that functions as upper-deck from where you can view the dense rain forest as the boat glides by. En route, stop at the first rehabilitation center for orangutan at Tanjung Harapan. See the feeding time at 15.00. The boat crew includes the boatman, a cook and English speaking tour guide.
In the afternoon we slowly explore the quite river by the klotok while we observe the monkeys along the riverbank. Dinner and overnight on the boat. Simple mattress, pillow, fine meals, bottled “mineral” water, mosquito net, kitchen, simple toilet available on boat or spend the night at the lodge nearby the river.
DAY 3 : PARK – PONDOK TANGGUY – CAMP LEAKEY – BOAT/LODGE (B,L,D)
After breakfast, board the klotok to travel up river in an about 2 hour boating and then up a side creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rainforest to live in their natural habitat. En route, stop at Pondok Tanguy, the rehabilitation center for the new ex-captive orangutans, see feeding time at 09.00am. Then go back to Camp Leakey. After lunch on the boat you will have opportunity to take small trek before seeing feeding time at 14.00 pm for the old rehabilitated orangutans given additional foods.
Overnight on the boat or at Rimba Lodge.
DAY 4 : BOAT/LODGE – KUMAI – PANGKALAN BUN AIRPORT ( B )
In the morning free program at your own leisure until time for transfer to Kumai then to Pangkalan Bun airport for the flight back to Bali. Upon arrival in Bali, pick up at the airport and transfer to hotel.
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Places of interest to visit :
Borobudur Buddhist Temple ‣ Borobudur Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty. Borobudur temple is a UNESCO world heritage site. The temple was built in mandala pattern reflecting the universe in the Buddhist beliefs. Located in Magelang, the temple is about one and a half hour drive from the center of City of Yogyakarta.
Klotok ‣ The West Kalimantan region is famous for its river with beautiful views along its riverbank. Sekonyer River in Kumai has a scene of the hidden paradise. One way to enjoy the beauty along the groove of Sekonyer River is by taking Klotok boat, a traditional Kalimantan boat made of wood.
Pondok Tanggui ‣ Tanjung Puting National Park has three zone or center of orangutan rehabilitation; Tanjung Harapan, Pondok Tanggui and Camp Leakey. Orangutans that have passed the semi-wild phase are moved to Pondok Tanggui. Here, they are closely monitored from a distance and human contact is avoided. The orangutans are observed and registered at this area. At Pondok Tunggui, the feeding of orangutans is at around 9:30 am.
Camp Leakey ‣ Located in the Tanjung Puting Reserve (now National Park) in Central Borneo, Camp Leakey was established in 1971 by Dr. Biruté Galdikas and former spouse Rod Brindamour. It was named after the legendary paleo-anthropologist, Louis Leakey, who was both mentor and an inspiration to Dr. Galdikas as well as Drs. Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. Originally consisting of just two huts, Camp Leakey is now an assemblage of permanent wooden structures designed to provide a base for scientists, staff, students and Park Rangers.