Borneo Ancient Karst & Orangutan Tours

Duration: 07 Days/06 Nights

Grade: Easy

beloyot cave, Explore Orangutan BorneoIn prehistoric times, orangutans lived throughout Asia, roaming as far north as China. Most of the land was then covered with huge continuous rainforest areas and the orangutans could roam freely over large distances. Currently, orangutans are only found in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and little part of Sumatra, even though the fossils have been found in Java, Vietnam and China. They are the only surviving species in the genus Pongo and the subfamily Ponginae which also includes the extinct genera Gigantopithecus and Sivapithecus of Sumatera and Borneo. In the deep of Borneo Island, we can also found the remains of Prehistoric Rock Art on Caves. The rock art painting shows communication between the world of the living and the worlds of the spirits, and gives insight in to the cosmology of prehistoric hunters and gatherers. There is an exceptionally high number of ‘tattoo’ handprints, composing handprints, unique human figures and fascinating representations of prehistoric social life, dancing, hunting, and rituals. Moreover, the rock art provides a unique testimony to the interaction of hunter-gatherers with the landscape. The panels show hunting, ritual journeys, landscapes mind, and wide range of big-mammals fauna which is also depicted.

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN BALIKPAPAN – BUKIT BANGKIRAI – SAMARINDA

Meet at airport and directly driving to Bukit Bangkirai to trek and climbing the canopy bridge for exploring the rainforest from above. Afterwards, proceed to Samarinda for overnight on hotel. Free at your own leisure. (L)

Day 02 SAMARINDA – KABO VILLAGE – KUTAI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will be driving to Kabo village to catch the motorized canoe to cross up the river to Kutai National Park and then trekking to the jungle to spot wild orangutans and other wild animals. In the peaceful evening, we can have a night trekking to explore tarantula, insects, birds, and other nocturnal animals. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight at research camp with basic facility. (B,L,D)

Day 03 KUTAI NATIONAL PARK

In the morning, we will cross down the river into Delta Sangatta to spot the estuary crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, and birds. In the afternoon, we will trek in different trail to spot wild orangutans and other wild animals as well as the various floras of the national park. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 04 KUTAI NATIONAL PARK – KABO VILLAGE – MERABU VILLAGE

After breakfast, we will cross down the river into Kabo village to catch our car for driving across rainforest and mountainous landscape to reach Merabu village. We can make stops to explore some interesting spots on the road. Lunch will be served on local restaurant, dinner and staying overnight at homestay of the village. (B,L,D)

Day 05 MERABU VILLAGE – BELOYOT CAVE – NYADENG LAKE

After breakfast, we will trek through rainforest for about 2 hours to visit the ancient cave of prehistoric rock art that can be seen from the exotic handprints and paintings. During our trek, we may have opportunity to spot or hearing the sounds of hornbills, gibbons, macaques, insects, etc. Next, proceed to the village to catch our boat to cross the Lesan River to Nyadeng jetty to start our trekking into the beautiful clearwater lake for swimming with fish and setting our campsite. Lunch will be served on homestay, dinner and staying overnight at campsite. (B,L,D)

Day 06 NYADENG LAKE – KETEPU HILL – MERABU VILLAGE – BERAU

Early morning, we will trek up the Ketepu hill into the peak and watching the fantastic view of the misty Sangkulirang karst range and rainforest from above. We will have opportunity to spot magnificent hornbills and other bird species flying around the karst. Trekking down to the camp and refresh your body by swimming in the clearwater lake. Next, trekking back to Nyadeng jetty to catch our boat crossing down the river into Merabu Village. Afterwards, say goodbye with villagers and driving to Berau for check in to a hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 07 DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel and free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to next destination. (B)

Included:

  • AC land transportation
  • Motorized boats
  • Accommodation based on twin share:
    01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Samarinda
    02 Nights at research camp in Kutai National Park
    02 Nights at homestay in Merabu Village
    01 Night at campsite in Nyadeng lakeside
    01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Berau
  • Entrance fee, donation & refreshment
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)

Excluded:

  • Airfares
  • Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
  • Personal expenses