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Barito Wild Orangutan Adventure

Duration: 05 Days/04 Nights

Grade: Easy

batampang village, Barito Wild Orangutan AdventureThe Mighty Barito River originated from the foot of Muller range at the border of Central and East Kalimantan provinces flowing down into the mouth of Java Sea in South Kalimantan province. It is one of the longest rivers in Indonesia with more than 800 kilometers long and almost 5000 meters wide at the mouth with hundreds of tributaries flowing through the basin. The river runs dominantly in the lowland and freshwater swamp forests which is favored by the endemic and non-endemic primates due to the floristic compositions. Orangutan Pongo Pygmaeus Wurmbii is one of the endemic primates that mostly inhabit the lowland and freshwater swamp forests nearby the Barito basin and its tributaries, they are primarily frugivorous, with leaves, flowers, insects, and bark providing the remainder of the diet.

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN PALANGKA RAYA – BUKIT TANGKILING NATURE RESERVE – HOTEL

Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel for check in. In the peaceful afternoon, we will visit Arboretum Nyaru Menteng to explore the endemic vegetation of peat swamp forest and some wild animals such as; birds, monitor lizards, black leaf monkeys, and other animals that emerge occasionally. Next, we will proceed to Bukit Tangkiling Nature Reserve to hike up the hill to enjoy beautiful view of plain and rivers from the top as well as the romantic sunset outlook. Afterwards, return to the hotel for overnight. (L)

Day 02 PALANGKA RAYA – ORANGUTAN ISLAND – BATILAP

After breakfast, we will drive to Tangkiling port for catching our motorized canoe to reach the Orangutan Island while sightseeing the romantic river and rainforest around, just keep an eye out for monkeys and birds. The Orangutan Island is managed by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) for orangutan rehabilitation before releasing to the wild. Afterwards, proceed to Betung for about 4,5 hours driving across pristine lowland forest and peat swamp landscape. Arrive at Betung and directly crossing the Barito River and Black Puning River to reach Batilap village for overnight on floating or stilt house of local people. (B,L,D)

Day 03 BATILAP – BLACK PUNING RIVER

After breakfast, we will be trekking into the jungle to explore wild orangutans and other wildlife such as birds, sun bears, gibbons, as well as various vegetations of Borneo. In the peaceful afternoon, we will cruise deeper the Black Puning River where the wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, long tail macaques, birds and others are usually showing up. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on campsite on riverside. (B,L,D)

Day 04 BLACK PUNING RIVER – BLACK ORCHID – BUNTOK

After breakfast, we will be crossing under the canopy of the romantic Buntal River where birds, proboscis monkeys, long tail macaques, monitor lizards and other wild animals are hanging around the riverside. Afterwards, proceed to Buntok town for check in to local hotel. In the afternoon, we will drive to Sanggu village to explore black orchid and other species, the carnivorous pitcher plants, and the fascinating sunset on the lake. Return to hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 05 BUNTOK – 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 local hotel in Palangka Raya
    02 Nights at bivouac/tent/local house
    01 Night at lodge in Buntok town
  • Entrance fee, donation & refreshments
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)
  • Porters on trekking (carrying supply only)

Excluded:

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