Orangutan Tours – A once in a lifetime experience
Our aim is to provide once-in-a-lifetime Orangutan Tours. We use comfortable klotok boats, work with the best guides only, cook mouthwatering dishes, and have fair & transparent tariffs:
|3D/2N Tour*||Low Season
all other months
June – Sep
|2 person||6.3 mln IDR||7.6 mln IDR|
|3 persons||8.1 mln IDR||9.6 mln IDR|
|4 persons||9.7 mln IDR||11.3 mln IDR|
|[more…]||See booking form for all tariffs
for bigger groups and for 4D3N Tours
*Excluded: Travel insurance, flights.
The rates include a prepayment (the level depends on your booking details) to prevent slots being unnecessarily reserved. For all tariffs, see the form below.
Sharp Prices for Everyone!
At Local Guides we believe in fair and sharp prices for all clients; not just to those who are good negotiators. Therefore we are transparent with our tariffs on our website.
The Orangutan Tour is tailor-made
Do you need to catch a flight immediately after your tour? Do you have any dietary wishes? Would you like to do a guided night trek? Don’t worry! We tailor the itinerary, time schedules and meals according to your wishes, so just tell us what you want in the booking form!
Reliable, Professional & Lowest Prices
Our guides are carefully selected, we make use of comfortable Klotok boats, and we’re praised for our delicious dishes. The romantic and adventurous ambiance of the cruise make this orangutan tour unique even among seasoned travelers. And because you book with Local Guides directly, you book against sharp prices!
Although you can immediately start your borneo orangutan tour upon arrival if you arrive before 12pm, we recommend to spend the night before in Pangkalan Bun because flights are often delayed or sometimes even canceled. Check out our recommended hotels.
DAY 1: Pangkalan Bun – Kumai
Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun Airport you will be picked up by your guide and he will take you to Kumai to board the Klotok boat and introduce you to your private captain, cook, and boat engineer and before you know it, your Borneo Orangutan Tour has kicked off! In case you arrive the day before (recommended), the guide will bring you to your hotel and discuss the program for the next day.
The Klotok Boat & The Food
The boat is a traditional Klotok wooden river boat. For individuals and couples the classical Klotok dimension of 12m (long) x 2m (wide) is used. For group sizes from 3 to 6 people, the very comfortable boats with the dimensions 17m x 3m boats are used.
There is a bottom deck where the crew is working and sleeping, a top deck exclusively for the tourists, and the back with a Western toilet and shower with fresh water. The boats are open on the sides to allow visibility towards the forest, but in case of rain they can be closed completely and easily with removable tarps, so you won’t get wet.
We try to spoil our guests with mouthwatering, delicious meals. We want every meal to be yet another bombshell of creativity. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served in the top deck on the dining area, while the fingerfood, snacks and drinks are served throughout the day in the lounge area. You’ll have access all day to tea and coffee.
At nights the top deck is transformed into a bedroom with mattresses and a mosquito nets.
Kumai – Tanjung Harapan
It takes about an hour to get from the harbor in Kumai to the entrance of Tanjung Puting National Park. From your lounge area on the top deck you will immediately experience the beauty and tranquility of the jungle.
The first stop is at a rehabilitation center for orangutans at Tanjung Harapan. You’ll witness the orangutan feeding at its feeding station, which takes place from 15h to 16h. Afterwards, you’ll continue cruising through the jungle at dawn with wildlife all around you, such as Proboscis monkeys, Macaque, Silver Langur and all sorts of colorful birds crossing the riverbank. Ask our guide about the animals you’ll see!
Then, it is time for a delicious dinner! And prepare yourself for an exciting night on the boat with the beautiful sound of the jungle around you as you fall asleep.
DAY 2: Tanjung Harapan – Pondok Tanggui
Enjoy your big breakfast as you are accompanied by the joyful sounds of gibbons and birds. Your boat passes through the habitat of the proboscis monkey and the estuarine crocodile as you travel towards Pondok Tanggui.
You take your time to visit this ranger camp that is home to pre-wild and adolescent orangutans, as well as deer, boar and many bird species.
Don’t be surprised if you will see here baby orangutans holding on the back of their mom or juvenile orangutans swinging joyfully in the forest. The feeding here takes place at 9 am. Pondok Tangguy is also an excellent base for a trek through the jungle.
When you’re done and return to the boat, you’ll continue the journey through the proboscis monkey and estuarine crocodile habitat as you enjoy your lunch. At some point you make a turn in a junction of the river where the water color changes from bright orange to dark black! Splendid! Here, the river narrows and the reflection of the dense jungle in the water gives you a surreal feeling.
Pondok Tanggui – Camp Leaky
The next stop is the famous Camp Leakey, established by a student of Professor Louis Leakey, also known as a mentor to Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey. If you are lucky you will meet here the King of Camp Leaky: a male orangutan named Big Tom. As the name suggests, he is… well, gigantic.
The feeding starts at 2 pm. Prior to this, you can either visit the research center or go for jungle trek.
Camp Leaky – Pondok Ambung
After visiting Camp Leakey, we cruise down slowly to the Nipa Palm Area, where we may see fire flies in the evening if the weather allows. Nearby at Pondok Ambung we can do a night trek through the jungles, searching for wild glowing mushroom, tarantulas, nocturnal moths, deer, and tarsier (a small nocturnal primate, unique to the region).
Fresh yourself up under another morning jungle melody. You are served a delicious breakfast and can enjoy the lush jungle as the boat moves towards Camp Pesalat. Today we cruise back to Kumai and drop you off at the airport (or at your hotel). We will not be visiting any feeding platforms today, and depending on your flight departure time we can visit either Camp Pesalat, the Sekonyer village or both.
From the arrival point at Camp Pesalat, you’ll take a short trek with your guide to the camp, where the rangers welcome you and explain why this planting and reforestation area plays such an important role in preserving and restoring the orangutan habitat.
Depending on your wishes, you can either hike through one of the few short treks, plant your own tree in the planting site, or just move on to the klotok and take even more time to enjoy the beauty of the wild jungle from your lounge area.
The final stop before heading back to the airport or your hotel is the Sekonyer Village. This is a small village of about 500 people. Take your time to walk around, learn about the Malay ethnic activities and the local culture. In case you want to add something from Tanjung Puting to your souvenir box, here you’ll get the opportunity to purchase handicraft and other creative items.
To everything comes an end
You then move back to Kumai by boat, where you say goodbye to most of the staff. You will be brought by car to either your hotel or to the airport, depending on your situation.