If you are looking at family holidays to Borneo, then this Borneo trip combines the best of Tanjung Puting National Park’s orangutan research stations and rehabilitation centers but with treks and camping deep in the Borneo rainforest. On this family adventure tour to Borneo you will see at first hand the work of dedicated conservationists working to preserve the habitat of the orangutans because although the park is protected by the national government the orangutans’ environment is threatened by the powerful commercial interests of the oil palm industry and illegal loggers. Therefore responsible travel family holidays and eco friendly holidays to Borneo have never had a more important role and on this trip we help to fund and support the work of the Friends of the National Parks of Indonesia- one of the most effective but low key NGO’s working in Borneo, Indonesia.
Tanjung Puting National Park is arguably the best place in Borneo to see orangutans as it is home to the densest population of wild orangutans (over 4,000) anywhere in the world. You will also see the rare proboscis monkey, the false gavial crocodile and a wide range of tropical birds.
Whilst here you will spend your time on board a river boat (klotok), which is a great way to enter deep into the Borneo rainforest, as well as trekking and camping deep within the forest. Key facts of wildlife found in Tanjung Puting are:
• The largest wild orangutan population in the world
• 9 species of primates
• 3 species of primates endemic to Borneo, proboscis, red leaf-eating monkeys, and Bornean orangutans
• 230 species of birds
• Two species of crocodiles
• Dozens of species of snakes and frogs
FAMILY WILDLIFE, ORANGUTANS & ADVENTURE HOLIDAY IN BORNEO. TRIP TO TANJUNG PUTING, INDONESIA ITINERARY
Day 1: Jakarta (D)
Upon arrival at Jakarta Airport, we will be met by our representative and transferred to our hotel. Welcome dinner at the hotel which includes a briefing on the itinerary and safety issues for this wildlife tour of Borneo’s primary home to to wild and semi-wild orangutans.
Day 2 : Jakarta – Pankalan – Kumai (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel we will transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Pangkalan Bun. Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun airport mid morning we will be met by our guide (who will be with us for the next 5 days).We will continue to Kumai, the seaport and the gateway to the National Park. Here we will board our klotok (house boat) which will be our home for the next few days. Once on board we will cross the Kumai river before reaching the Seikonyer river, the main river through the national park. Lunch will be served on the boat by our own cook. We will head up the Sekonyer river for about 2 hours to reach national park. Along the way we will be able to observe the myriad of wildlife on the riverbanks including the amusing Proboscis monkey which is only found in Borneo.
Day 3: Houseboat – Camp Leaky – Houseboat (B,L,D)
After breakfast we proceed upstream to the Camp Leakey, a landmark institution you will come to know on this wildlife tour in Borneo. Camp Leakey was established in 1971 by Dr Birute Galdikas and former spouse Rod Brindamour. It was named after the legendary paleo-anthropologist, Louis Leakey, who was both mentor and an inspiration to Dr. Galdikas as well as Drs. Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. When we arrive in Camp Leakey we can learn about its history and we will trek through the jungle with the opportunity of seeing numerous orangutans, gibbons, wild pigs and birds. We will have lunch back on the boat and will head to a feeding platform at Camp Leaky for 2pm (where the rangers will feed the semi-wild orangutans). In the late afternoon we will return to the boat for dinner and to relax.
Day 4: Pondok Tangguy – Pesalat Reforestation (B,L,D)
After breakfast we will boat down to the second camp – Pondok Tangguy – to see another orangutan feeding station. After visiting the feeding station to see more orangutan, we will head back to the boat to prepare ourselves for our trekking adventure and night in the jungle.
We will trek for about 4 hours to get into the primary forest and we will overnight in a simple tent. Here we will have the opportunity to experience the real Borneo rain forest away from any tourist tracks. We might see many wild animals including wild orangutan, gibbon, birds, wild pigs, deer etc. A lunch box will be provided.
Overnight tent (overnight in the forest)
Day 5: Kumai (B,L,D)
After breakfast we will pack all our belongings (and collect any rubbish to take with us) before trekking back to the boat through the jungle. Once we arrive at the boat we will head down the river to Pasalat Camp where we can participate in an Carbon Offsetting program demonstrating how responsible travel holidays can support the environment . Here we will learn about the important work of the Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) of Indonesia, see their plant nursery and reforestation programme in actions. And our group can plant one tree per person as a contribution to the national park. After planting the trees, we head back to the boat and then to Rimba lodge to check in and for dinner.
Overnight Rimba Lodge
Day 6: Pangkalan Bun – Jakarta (B,D)
After breakfast we will boat back to Kumai and transfer to Pangkalan Bun and if there is time we will be able to the town, its colourful market and one or two key landmark buidings. At the airport we will say goodbye to our guide before flying back to Jakarta.
Upon arrival in Jakarta you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. A farewell dinner will be served at the hotel to celebrate this wildlife holiday to Borneo and our better understanding of the orangutans (our nearest cousins) and the conflict between their sanctuary and our quest for ever more commercial development, which means that the rain forests in Indonesia are still being destroyed at a rate of the size 300 football pitcher per hour!
Day 7: Jakarta (B)
Breakfast at hotel, before continuing for your international flight home or beach extension.
End of trip.
Optional Beach Extension – £595
Optional Extension Day 7 : Jakarta (B)
Breakfast at hotel, before continuing on for your beach extension at Tiger Island.
Optional Extension Day 7 -10 : Tiger Island Beach Stay (B,L,D)
Free at leisure – full board
Optional Extension Day 11: Tiger Island (B)
Breakfast at hotel before transferring to the airport (by sea and land) for your flight home.