Indonesian Orangutan and Jungle

12 Days, from AU $3,771


Jungle of Borneo, Indonesia

Sunrise at the Mahakam River

Probsicus monkey

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Sail the Mahakam- and Black river where you will be able to experience the Indonesian Borneo in a unique way. Spot the diverse wildlife on the riverbanks or over your head, such as the Proboscis monkeys, Long Tail monkey and plenty of birds. Visit three different Orangutan rehabilitation centres where you will observe the Orangutans during their feeding time in their natural habitat and go for a hike to explore the jungle that’s surrounding you.

Wake up to the chirping of the birds and the calming sounds of the river after which you will enjoy your breakfast with magnificent views of the river banks. Take a stroll through the traditional wooden villages of Indonesia, experience a tribal performance as a welcome and get familiar with the habits of Orangutans on this 12 day itinerary.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Jakarta arrival

Today, you have the time to arrive in Jakarta and explore the city on your own if you prefer to do so. You will be transferred from the airport to the hotel and have your overnight stay at FM7 hotel.

Day 2: Kalarta – Balikpapan – Mahakam

Today, you will leave Jakarta after having breakfast and start your adventures by taking a flight to Balikpapan where you will be transferred to Loajanan which is a drive of approximately 2 and a half hours. At your arrival, you will board a house-boat for an exciting Mahakam river exploration where you will also spend the night.

Day 3: Mahakam

After enjoying breakfast with the view from the boat, there will be a stop at Muara Muntai allowing you to observe the local’s way of living at the wooden villages. After visiting these villages, your motorized canoes will be ready for a trip over Jempang Lake, passing the Ohong river with beautiful views along the river banks before reaching Mancong.

On arrival at Mancong, you will have a warm welcome ceremony with a performance by the Dayak Banuag tribe in front of the long house. After enjoying this tribal and traditional dance, you will head back to the house boat where your dinner is prepared.

Day 4: Mahakam – Sambodja Lodge

After another breakfast with a view on your floating accommodation, you will be visiting a local market, royal cemetery and the museum of Kutai Kertanegara as a remaining of the Sultan’s Palace. After taking a stroll on the mainland, you will head back to the boat to continue onwards to Loaianan. While getting excited about your visit at the Samboja Lodge, one of the last remaining spots to visit Orangutans, you will enjoy your lunch at the boat with a view of the local life along the river banks.

While visiting the Orangutan rehabilitation center, you will have an afternoon walk to observe them before checking in at the Sambodja Lodge.

Day 5: Sambodja Lodge – Balikpapan

Today is the day where you will be a spectator of the feeding times of the Orangutans around the Sambodja lodge after which you will enjoy your own lunch.

In the afternoon, you will proceed to the Bangkirai Hills with the Canopy Bridge after which you will head to the black river to observe proboscis monkeys.

That will be the end of your river adventure for now, as you will drive to your hotel in Balikpapan and have an overnight stay at the Grand Tjokro hotel.

Day 6: Balikpapan – Pangkalanbun

Rise early in the morning to have your breakfast after which you will be transferred to the airport of Balikpapan, heading to Pangkalan where you will be transferred to the Swiss Bell inn for your overnight stay.

Day 7: Pangkalan Bun – Tanjung Putting

Today, your driver will be waiting for you in the lobby of the hotel to take you to Kumai where you will jump onto another river adventure. Along the way you will be passing several local villages all the way to the Kumai harbor.

Here, you will board your private boat and start another beautiful journey up to Tanjung Puting National Park where you will explore the Sekonyer river by klotok – a traditional wooden boat – while observing the wildlife. Try to spot another Proboscis monkey, a long tail monkey and enjoy the sounds and views of the many birds along the river sides.

You will have your overnight stay at the Rimba Lodge.

Day 8: Tanjung Puting

Enjoy an early breakfast and sail up to Pondok Tangui where you will visit the rehabilitation center for Orangutans who have been previously rescued from captivity. You will have another opportunity to witness the feeding times in the morning after which you can go for a small trek to explore the forest.

Afterwards, you will head to Camp Leaky where the older Orangutans are reintroduced to the rain forest. This camp is also home to the research center for Orangutan research, so plenty of interesting information for you to access.

Your dinner will be served in the Klotok and you will spend another night at the Rimba Lodge.

Day 9: Tanjung Puting

It will be another day spend with the presence of the Orangutans where you can witness one of their feeding times as well as going for a hike through the forest to spot some other wildlife.

Afterwards, you will sail down to explore the black river further and enjoy the best scenery of the area of Tanjung Puting.

Day 10: Tanjung Puting

Today, you will be sailing to Pasalat Camp where you will head into the forest and get the opportunity to maintain the natural habitat of the Orang Utan by planting new trees. This is part of the replanting tree program.

You will continue onwards to the Tanjung Harapan Village where you will be witnessing the feeding time for rehabilitated orangutan. Depending on the weather, you may enjoy your dinner on the boat surrounded by fireflies in the Nipah Palm.

You will have an overnight stay at the Rimba Lodge.

Day 11: Tanjung Puting – Jakarta

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Pangkalan Bun Airport to head to Jakarta where you will have a day off and spend your night at the FM 7 Hotel.

Day 12: Departure Jakarta

It is time to say goodbye to Indonesia and head back home with your lifelong memories!

Travel Styles

All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Standard:from AU $3,771

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information


Hotel each night of your itinerary. All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us.

  • Hotel and airport transfers
  • Boat Mahakam including meals
  • English Speaking Guide Mahakam for 3 days
  • Canoe Muara Muntai
  • Dayak Banuaq Dance
  • Boat Tanjung Puting for 5 days including meals and local guide
  • Entrance fees & donations
  • Canopy bridge at Bengkirai & Black River
  • All accommodations as per program
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

Info Exclusions:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Insurances
  • Personal expenses
  • All drinks
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary
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Availability of accommodation and season.

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"We had a lovely family holiday at Gilli islands and Sanur with the baby. The ferries and transfers all worked out well and all locals very friendly!" — Britten family, Melbourne, April 2019

"It was the very best of holidays! Our 3 guides were all wonderful - engaging, helpful, lots of fun, and full of information. We saw lots and lots of Borneo’s animals - orangutans, macaque monkeys, a solitary gibbon, probiscus monkeys and sun bears - which was our main reason for visiting. We also saw villagers performing, led by the Sharman and other entertainment. Most of all though, we really enjoyed interaction with the guides, cooks on boats, and boat crew, they made our trip very special. " — Mrs Joyce and Mrs Burger, Townsville, November 2018

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