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Jungle Trekking & Wild Orangutan Tours

Duration: 08 Days/07 Nights

Grade: Moderate

wild orangutan in sebangau national parkThe Borneo rainforest is 130 million years old, 70 million years older than the Amazon forest, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world. The island largely consists of dense jungle and mountains, much of the terrain is virtually impassable, and large areas are still unexplored. There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of trees (267 species are dipterocarps), more than 222 species of terrestrial mammals, 420 species of resident birds in Borneo, and more than 3,000 species of anthropod fauna with 1,000 species of it are ants. There are also about 440 freshwater fish species in this huge island, it is about the same as Sumatra and Java combined. Borneo is the center of the evolution and distribution of many endemic species of plants and animals. The Borneo rainforest is one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean orangutans.

Day 01  ARRIVAL IN BANJARMASIN – CABAI VILLAGE – RAINFOREST TREKKING

Meet at airport and directly transfer to Cabai village which is located on the foot of Meratus Mountain, our starting point to trek in Meratus range crossing secondary rainforest, hills, hanging and suspended bamboo bridges, villager farmlands, rivers and cascades, longhouses, cinnamon and rubber trees. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent/longhouse. (L,D)

Day 02  JUNGLE TREKKING

After breakfast at the camp or longhouse, we will be trekking to virgin forest crossing secondary rainforest, hills, villager farmlands, rivers and cascades, cinnamon and rubber trees. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 03  JUNGLE TREKKING

After breakfast, we will be trekking to Haratai waterfall crossing primary and secondary rainforest, hills, hanging and suspended bamboo bridges, villager farmlands, rivers and cascades, longhouses, cinnamon and rubber trees. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 04  HARATAI – BAMBOO RAFTING – BANJARMASIN

Trekking down to Loksado for about 2 hours crossing secondary rainforest, hills, hanging and suspended bamboo bridges, villager farmlands, rivers and cascades, longhouses, cinnamon and rubber trees. Afterwards, taking 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 05 FLOATING MARKET – JUMPUN PAMBELOM – PALANGKA RAYA

Early in the morning, we will leave to floating market to explore 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. We will then continue our trip by driving across the beautiful peat swamp forest landscape to reach Jumpun Pambelom for observing the reforestation project on the peat swamp area. If we are lucky, we can meet wild orangutan and other wild animals on this small forest. Next, visiting the Bukit Tangkiling Nature Reserve to hike up the hill enjoying beautiful view of plain and rivers from the top as well as the romantic sunset outlook. Afterwards, proceed to the hotel for overnight. (B,L)

Day 06 PALANGKA RAYA –ORANGUTAN ISLAND – SABANGAU NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will proceed 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. We will then driving across beautiful landscape of peat swamp forest into Kereng Pakahi Port to cross the Katingan River while sightseeing wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, kingfishers, hornbills, long tailed maccaques, etc. Afterwards, proceed to Sabangau National Park through Punggu Alas creek for check in to homestay. In a very dry condition of the creek, we have to trek for about 1,5 hours to reach the homestay at WWF Visitor Centre in Sabangau National Park. In the peaceful evening, we can explore the nocturnal animals around the camp. (B,L,D)

Day 07 SABANGAU NATIONAL PARK – PALANGKA RAYA

After breakfast on the creekside, we will do trekking with ranger into the jungle to explore flora and fauna such as orangutans, monkeys, birds, endemic vegetation, etc. Return to the camp for having lunch and take a rest. In the afternoon, we will check out the homestay and proceed back to Palangka Raya for check in to local hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 08 PALANGKA RAYA – 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
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Accommodation based on twin share:
    03 Nights at bivouac/tent/longhouse
    01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin
    02 Nights at local hotel in Palangka Raya
    01 Night at homestay in WWF visitor center
  • Entrance fee, donation & refreshment
  • 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