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Discover South Borneo Wild Orangutan

Duration: 07 Days/06 Nights

Grade: Moderate

orangutan distribution mapping, explore orangutan borneoThe Bornean orangutans live in the tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests in the Borneo lowlands, as well as mountainous areas up to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) above sea level. This magnificent species living throughout the canopy of primary and secondary forests, and moving in large distances to find trees bearing fruit. Formerly, researchers announced that orangutans can only be found in the two Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, and the Indonesian provinces of Kalimantan except the South Kalimantan province. But in early October 2014, some researchers from domestic and foreign countries conducted a research journey and proved that perception was wrong after they had concluded about 50 individuals of orangutan were separated on several groups in the forest which is exactly located in the South Kalimantan province.

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 – BUNTOK

After breakfast, we will proceed to Tangkiling port for catching our motorized canoe to reach Orangutan Island while sightseeing the beautiful natural black river and rainforest around, just keep an eye out for monkeys and birds. Afterwards, we will proceed to Buntok town for about 4 hours driving across pristine lowland forest and peat swamp landscape. Lunch and dinner will be served en route and staying overnight on local hotel in Buntok town. (B,L,D)

Day 03 BUNTOK – BLACK ORCHID – PULANTANI – HAUR GADING FOREST

After breakfast, we will proceed to Sanggu village to catch the boat to cruise the creek into Sanggu forest to explore black orchid, nephentes, and other plants. Next, driving to Pulantani village for crossing the river into Haur Gading forest to set our campsite in the riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on tent.  (B,L,D)

Day 04 HAUR GADING FOREST

After breakfast, we will trek deeper into the forest to spot wild orangutans and other wild animals. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight at campsite. (B,L,D)

Day 05 HAUR GADING FOREST – PULANTANI – LOKSADO

After breakfast, we will trek again other trails to find wild orangutans and other wildlife. Next, crossing the Haur Gading River while exploring the monkeys, birds, and other wildlife on riverside. Afterwards, driving to Loksado Plateau for overnight on lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 06 BAMBOO RAFTING – BANJARMASIN

After breakfast at lodge, we will have a soft trekking to Dayak village for exploring the longhouse, rainforest, and the waterfall nearby the village. Afterwards, 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 Banjarmasin for overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 07 FLOATING MARKET – DEPARTURE

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, 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
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Accommodation based on twin share:
    01 Night at local hotel in Palangka Raya
    01 Night at local hotel in Buntok Town
    02 Nights at bivouac/tent/local house
    01 Night at Loksado Lodge
    01 Nights at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin
  • Entrance fee, donation & refreshments
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)
  • Porters on trekking (only carrying supply)

Excluded:

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