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Borneo Overland 12 Days Trip

Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights

Grade: Easy

Tanjung Puting BoatThe Borneo Island has some of the world’s most wildlife-rich equatorial rainforests, incredible landscapes, the indigenous culture, as well as the tasty and various foods. The remarkable varieties of wildlife and vegetation coupled with personal interaction and unique culture of the Dayak and Malay ethnics that will provide the adventure with a truly challenged experience. For the hardcore adventurers, this island offers many options to satisfy their desires, people can do some interesting activities such as; rafting and cruising the beautiful rivers and lakes, traverse through traditional remote villages and primary rainforests, taste the delicious foods which are combination of Indonesian, Malay, and Chinese cuisines, and taking the wildlife boat safari crossing the national parks which can be the highlights of this majestic island.

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN SAMARINDA – KOTA BANGUN – MUARA MUNTAI

Meet at airport and directly transfer to Kota Bangun for about 3 hours drive and then crossing the Semayang and Melintang Lakes for spotting the fresh water dolphins and unique life of villagers as well as the beautiful panorama of the lake. Afterwards, proceed to Muara Muntai for check in to a homestay. (L,D)

Day 02 MUARA MUNTAI – MANCONG – KUYUNG – SAMARINDA

After breakfast, we will explore the exotic of Muara Muntai village with the long wooden bridge which is made of iron wood linking all the roads and alleys of the hamlet. Next, proceed to Mancong by motorized canoe crossing the Jempang Lake of which we will have the opportunity to view plenty of water bird species and fishermen floating houses as well as the romantic Ohong River where proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards and other wild animals are hanging around at riverside. In Mancong, we will explore an exotic longhouse and Benuaq Dayak daily life. Afterwards, proceed to Kuyung for catching our car to drive to Samarinda for overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 03 SAMARINDA – BUKIT BANGKIRAI – BATU KAJANG

Breakfast at hotel and then driving to Bukit Bangkirai to observe Borneo tropical rainforest by soft jungle trekking and climbing the canopy bridge to view the forest from above. Lunch and dinner will be served at local restaurants en route and staying overnight on local hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 04 BATU KAJANG – NAGARA – LOKSADO

After breakfast, we will drive to Nagara village to get our boat crossing the river to Nagara lake for observing water buffaloes swim to the stall and villagers’ unique activities, as well as the romantic sunset outlook. Afterwards, driving to Loksado across the beautiful swampy and lowland landscape into the plateau of Meratus mountain. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight at lodge in Loksado. (B,L,D)

Day 05 JUNGLE TREK

After breakfast at lodge, we will proceed to explore jungle and Dayak land crossing primary and secondary rainforest, hills, waterfall, hanging and suspended bamboo bridges, villager farmlands, rivers and cascades, longhouses, cinnamon and rubber trees. In the afternoon, we will back to the lodge through other trail with different beauties of nature. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 06 BAMBOO RAFTING – RIAM KANAN LAKE – APUAI

After breakfast, we will take an adventure trip of bamboo rafting across beautiful landscape of tropical rainforest along the Amandit riverside meanwhile our coach will be waiting on the downstream for transferring to Aranio small port to cruise upward the Riam Kanan Lake to Apuai while sighting beautiful mountainous scenery as well as species of bird fly over the lake. Afterwards, we will set a campsite on the lakeside. (B,L,D)

Day 07 APUAI – RIAM KANAN LAKE – BANJARMASIN

We will cruise deeper the Riam Kanan Lake to explore beautiful view of forests, mountainous swamp, birds, boat making, floating fishing ponds, etc. Next, proceed to Banjarmasin for taking an afternoon canal sightseeing. Afterwards, transfer to hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 08 FLOATING MARKET – JUMPUN PAMBELOM – SAMPIT

Early in the morning, we will leave to floating market for exploring the unique culture of Banjarese that trade commodities from boat to boat, then return to hotel crossing Banjarmasin River while sightseeing people activities at riverside. Next, driving across beautiful peat swamp forest landscape to reach Jumpun Pambelom to see the reforestation project on peat swamp area. If we are lucky, we will meet wild orangutan and other animals on this small forest. Afterwards, we will drive to Sampit with some stop over on interesting spots we will meet en route. Free at your own leisure and overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 09 SAMPIT – PANGKALAN BUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Transfer to Kumai village for boarding the houseboat to Tanjung Puting National Park. The houseboat is a traditional wooden river boat with roof forms the upper deck where you can view the rainforest as it glides by. The boat crew including the boatman, cook and expert guide. In the peaceful afternoon, we will slowly explore the quite river by the houseboat while observing the primates along the riverside. Overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge with dining on the boat, with facilities; thin mattress, pillow, fine meals, bottled “mineral” water, mosquito net, kitchen, and simple toilet available on boat besides the familiar helpful guides and boatmen. (B,L,D)

Day 10 TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will board the houseboat for cruising upward the creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rainforest. At this station, you will have opportunity to trek into the rainforest with your expert guide and forest rangers to appreciate the flora as well as viewing wild orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and birds. In the afternoon, we will visit the feeding station to see rehabilitated orangutans are given additional foods. We will then sail back down the river and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 11 TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Get the morning river safari by houseboat to observe river ecology and wildlife along the riverside. En route, we will stop at Pondok Tanggui Feeding Station to watch rangers feed orangutans, and then we will continue our trip by visiting the Pesalat Station to explore reforestation activities and the famous iron wood as well as other exotic vegetation. Lunch will be served on boat while sighting wild animal activities along the riverside. Next, we will depart to Tanjung Harapan Feeding Station for viewing the feeding process of orangutans. Afterwards, we will proceed to Tanjung Harapan village for sightseeing villagers’ daily activities. Enjoy the natural river view on the way back and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 12 TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, we will get the morning safari to explore wildlife on riverside. Afterwards, proceed to Kumai village to catch the car for driving to Pangkalan Bun airport for your flight to next destination. (B)

Included:

  • AC land transportation
  • Houseboat in Tanjung Puting
  • Motorized boats
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Accommodation based on twin share:
    01 Night at homestay in Muara Muntai
    01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Samarinda
    01 Night at local hotel in Batu Kajang
    02 Nights at Loksado Lodge
    01 Night at tent or local house in Riam Kanan Lake
    01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin
    01 Night at local hotel in Sampit
    03 Nights at houseboat or Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting
  • Entrance fee, donation & refreshment
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)
  • Dance and thorn tree climbing performances

Excluded:

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