Wild orangutans can only be found on the two Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. In Malay language, orangutan means “human of the forest.” As their habitat is destroyed by people, the wild orangutan’s population is decreasing and in critical danger of extinction. Research shows there are currently less than 20,000 animals living in the wild. There are several national parks on Kalimantan where orangutans can be easily spotted, such as in the Tanjung Puting National Park around Camp Leakey Rehabilitation Centre in Central Kalimantan. This park is different from the 200,000 hectares Kutai National Park in East Kalimantan, where the orangutans live more in their natural habitat, and you need rangers or guides to spot them. Kutai National Park is home to several other animal species, such as chimpanzees, Pekantan monkeys, honey bears, deer, Kalimantan rhinos, crocodiles and at least 300 (!) bird species. The forest in this area was declared nature reserve by the Sultan of Kutai, A.M. Parikesit in 1936, covering over 306,000 hectares of land.
Teluk Kaba, part of Kutai National Park, is a small bay between Bontang and Sangata. The forest at Teluk Kaba is inhabited by groups of chimpanzees, and the sea gardens are home to brightly colored corals and fish. There are different settlements of Bajau people in the coastal forests of Teluk Kaba; they live in houses built over the sea.
Kalimantan’s dense jungle and vast terrain of wetlands have kept the region isolated from all but the adventurous traveler. The indigenous Dayak settlements along the Kalimantan rivers are great to experience their incredible culture. Village elders practice traditional medicine and mark their status with body tattoos and remarkably heavy ear adornments. You are warmly welcomed as guests in their traditional longhouses.
Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of Kalimantan! We have created this Indegenious wild orangutan adventure for those who like trekking in the dense jungle with its abundant exotic fauna and flora. Although this 4-day adventure is an amazing experience, it is designed for those who are adventurous in body and spirit.
Day 1: Balikpapan – Sangatta
Upon arrival at Balikpapan airport, you are welcomed by our representative.
Transfer to Sangatta (approximately 6 hours).
Check-in at a hotel in Sangatta for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Sangatta – Kutai National Park
Early in the morning, you travel upstream the Sangatta River by motor canoe into the jungle of the Kutai National Park Reserve.
Upon arrival at the Prefab Orangutan Research Station, you drop off your stuff and depart for a jungle trek looking for wild orangutans and other wildlife.
In the afternoon, you return to the Prefab Station for lunch and a bit of leisure time.
There is another forest trek in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay are at the Prefab Research Station.
Day 3: Kutai Reserve – Sangatta River Delta – Samarinda
After breakfast, you go to the mangrove forest of the Sangatta River Delta by motor canoe to spot long-nosed monkeys, birds, crocodiles and other wildlife.
Return to Sangatta for lunch and transfer to Samarinda for an overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 4: Samarinda – Balikpapan
After breakfast, you have free leisure time until your transfer to Balikpapan Airport for your flight to your next destination.
Transfer from Balikpapan Airport to Sangatta
Motor canoe cruise on the Sangatta river to Kutai National Park
Motor canoe to the Sangatta River Delta
Transfer to Samarinda by car
Transfer to Balikpapan Airport
One night at the Kutai Sangatta Hotel
One night at the Jungle Lodge in Kutai National Park
One night at the Mesra Hotel in Samarinda
All rooms based on twin share
All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Water, tea, and coffee
English speaking guide
Donations and entrance fees, permits, etcetera
Airfares to/from Kalimantan
Soft and alcoholic drinks
Everything not mentioned in the itinerary above
What to bring
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make this trip on another day.
This trip can also be arranged with pick-up from your hotel. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
All accommodation is based on a twin share. Extra charges may apply if you prefer a single room.
Minimum group size
The minimum group size for this activity is two people.
A discount is applicable if you want to book this trip for more than two people. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Amazing wildlife in Borneo - we felt very fortunate to have seen longnose monkeys, crocs, snakes, colorful birds and even wild organgutans. I think I'm falling in love with Borneo.
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Une vraie aventure exotique
J'ai que des souvenirs merveilleux de cette excursion. C'était devenu une vraie avonture exotique. Si vous aimez la nature et l'avonture, vous aimerez Kalimantan. Et j'ai que des éloges pour les guides et l'organisation!