There will be a variety of transportation used ranging from buses, private vehicles, river boats to canoes, bamboo rafting, walking and of some jungle trekking. This really will be a voyage of discovery and an expedition where you must be prepared expect the unexpected.

From crowded villages to dayak traditions, from flowing rivers to inland lakes, from palm oil plantations to magnificent mountains, this adventure really does have it all!

The trip will be starting and finishing at orangutan rescue centres and you will be able to see orangutans and exotic wildlife throughout the whole trip.

A truly awesome, non-stop, adventure across the third largest island in the world.

...and YOU will be making a DIFFERENCE !!

2018 Itinerary * Subject to change due to prevaling conditions
Dates: 1 - 22 November, 2018
Duration : 22 Days / 21 Nights
Start: Balikpapan, East Kalimantan
Finish: Ketapang, West Kalimantan
Grade: Moderate to Difficult (Trekking, water activities, long travel times by road)
Distance: Approx 1,400 kms 

Day 1: 1st November: ARRIVAL JAKARTA
You will met by hotel staff and transferred to the FM7 hotel. Today we meet in our Jakarta hotel and have a team briefing and prepare for travel to Balikpapan in East Borneo tomorrow morning. Overnight at the FM7 Hotel. Tomorrow the journey begins!

Early morning flight to Balikpapan in East Kalimantan and car transfer to Samboja Lestari lodge. The lodge is operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF). We will see how the orangutans are cared for and learn about the release program. In the afternoon we will visit the “black river” to observe the proboscis monkey. Overnight at Samboja Lodge (B,L,D)

Check out from Samboja Lodge after visiting the sunbears in morning, then transfer by car drive to Loajanan take (approx. 2.5 hours driving). Along the way we will visit the Canopy bridge Bukit Bangkirai. Upon arrival in Loajanan we will immediately board the house boat and make our way up to Muara Muntai. Along the way you will enjoy the scenery on the Mahakam river and sunset along the river. Dinner and overnight on the house boat. (B,L,D)

Wake up and early morning to enjoy the sunrise along the Mahakam river. After breakfast we will look around the Muara Muntai Village to see the activity of local people and local market. The main road is built with iron wood to protect from the rainy season. We will then board a motorised canoe and cross the Jempang Lake by passing the Jantur fishermen willage. If the water level permits we will continue up the Ohong river through Ohong Fishermen village to see the floating houses. Along the river to Mancong you will see many kingfisher, long tail maccaque, fresh water eagles, snakes and proboscis monkeys. on arrival in Mancong/Tg. Isuy a welcome ceremony will held by the chief of Dayak followed by a traditional dance with his people. Lunch provide on the motorized canoe. Afterwards we will return to the house boat and continue to cruise down the Mahakam river to Tenggarong. On the way down river, if we lucky will see the fresh water dolphin. Dinner and overnight on the boat. (B,L,D)

This morning our houseboat arrives in Loajanan, we then start the long days drive to Panajam through Balikpapan. On arrival we will board the ferry and cross the Balikpapan bay to Panajam, then continue to Batu Butok or Muara Komam. Arrive in the afternoon proceed to check in at simple accommodation called Losmen. Todays drive will be approx. 9 hours. (B,L,D)

Before breakfast we board a motorized canoe and visit the Mangkulangit Cave and river forest to see the wild life and ricefields. Back to Losmen then breakfast, followed by check out and drive (approx. 8 hours) to Danau Panggang in South Borneo, passing Tanjung City. Arrive in Danau Panggang to observe the water Buffalos on the swamp. That evening  check in at simple losmen in Amuntai. (B,L,D)

Day 7: 7th November. AMUNTAI – KANDANGAN – LOKSADO 
Morning check out from Amuntai village then drive (approx. 3 hours) to Loksado, passing Kandangan City. Arrive in Loksado, check in at Meratus Lodge or local house. Afternoon sight seeing around the village, taking in views to the Meratus mountains. (B,L,D)

Day 8: 8th November.  LOKSADO – JUNGLE TREK
After breakfast we start our all day jungle trek into the rain forest and mountains. You will enjoy the jungle trekking, searching for wildlife like monkeys and birds. Tonight we will stay at the village at Malaris in a traditional Dayak Long House and be treated to the traditional dayal way of life. (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we ride by motorbikes (pillion) to Haratai Water fall and for a swim. Then head back to the Loksado start your Bamboo rafting down Amandit River for 2.5 hours. Along the way we will travel past local villages, through rainforests and hopefully see some wildlife. Afterwards, by car (approx. 4 hours) to Martapura, passing Kandangan city. Afternoon arrival in Martapura (Banjar Baru), proceed to check at simple hotel. (B,L,D)

After breakfast check out and visit the local market to view handycrafts, jewerly shops and to see the activity of local people. Then continue to Cempaka village to observe the local people dig and look for diamonds. Afternoon drive (approx 2 hours) to Banjarmasin and proceed to check in at hotel. (B,L,D)

Early morning wake up at 5:00am, board on the wooden boat called Klotok and float down the Barito River or Lok Baintan to visit the Floating Market and watch people do transactions on their canoes. You can also buy some of the local fruits along the river. Return to Hotel for breakfast and shower. Afterwards, check out and transfer to Palangkaraya- Capital of Central Borneo (approx 4 hours). Afternoon arrival in Palangkaraya, check in at a local hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 12: 12th November. PALANGKARAYA – ORANGUTAN
Today we visit the orangutan islands. Walk from Rungan Sari to a local village, and travel by motorised canoe along the river to see the surrounding jungle and orangutan release islands which are operated by BOSF. Afternoon drive to town, stopping along the way at the BOSF visitors centre to see some of the work being done to help save the orangutans. Overnight local hotel (B,L)

Day 13: 13th November. PALANGKARAYA 
After breakfast, we will drive to meet our canoes. We will spend the morning traveling along the Sabangau Lake to a small river into the jungle for a short jungle trek and visit to the local WWF reforestation project. If we are very lucky we will see a wild orangutan. Lunch in the jungle and afterwards return by canoe to town for dinner at local warung. Overnight local simple hotel. (B,L,D)

After an early breakfast we shall start the long drive through to Pangkalan Bun (approx 10 hrs). Along the way we will see examples of local villages and exisiting forest areas. Stop at a beautiful lake area and have lunch at a waterfront restaurant in the town of Sampit. On arrival proceed in Pangkalan Bun to check in at Hotel for overnight. (B,L)

Day 15: 15th November.  PANGKALAN BUN – KUMAI – CAMP LEAKEY
An early start today will have you traveling in our own klotok boats up the Sekonyer river to Camp Leakey, the oldest camp set up for the orphaned orangutans. Arrive at Camp Leakey, take a short trek in the surrounding area and meet some of the resident orangutans and their caretakers prior to visiting the museum. Head back to the klotok for lunch, where you will likely see orangutans. Later you head back to the camp for the afternoon orangutan feeding time. At the end of the day you will be given a tour of the surrounding forest area, then cruise down Camp Leakey River to your overnight location at Crocodile Lake. While here, you will most likely see other wildlife of Borneo such as macaques & proboscis monkeys. Overnight on the klotok. (B,L,D)

Leave early and head back down river to Pondok Tanggui for morning orangutan feeding, then you will travel up river to Pesalat Plantation where you will plant some trees to help regenerate the forest. After lunch you will take a tour of the local village ahead of a final stop at feeding station #1 to see the orangutans. Later that afternoon you will travel down river, stopping along the way to watch the  proboscis monkeys on the riverbanks. As dusk falls, you will stop at a mangrove of Nipah palms where you will enjoy dinner watching millions of fireflies. Back to Kumai harbour and overnight in your Pangkalan Bun hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 17: 17th November. PANGKALAN BUN – KUMAI – KUDANGAN
Early morning we leave Pangkalan Bun by car for a long day's drive to Kudangan (approx 10 hrs). Along the way we shall see palm oil plantations, rainforests and local villages. Arrive in Kudangan proceed to check in at a Dayak Long House to see their way of life. Stay and overnight in Dayak Long house. (B,L,D)

Day 18: 18th November. KUDANGAN – BORDER – NANGA TAYAP
After breakfast, leave to Nanga Tayap by passing the Border between Central and West Borneo (approx 3hrs). Along the way you will see tropical rain forest, palm oil plantations and Dayak villages. After arrival in Nanga Tayap we shall take a short jungle trek with the our dayak hosts looking for monkeys and birds. Stay overnight at simple hotel/losmen for your accommodation. (B,L,D)

Day 19: 19th November. NANGA TAYAP – KETAPANG 
After breakfast, check out for the drive by car to Ketapang (approx 3 hrs). On arrival in Ketapang check into our hotel for lunch before heading out in the afternoon for a town tour and visit to the local "city forest" area. Dinner and overnight at local hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 20: 20th November. KETAPANG – IAR 
An early morning start sees you venture out to see the newly protected areas of the local jungles, where researchers work to protect the orangutans and other animals. You will take a bumpy ride in private vehicles out to the Pesagguan River and then be taken by klotok up river to the remote research station where you will be given talks by our team about the area and why it is so important. You will then hike through the peat swamps in the jungle in search of wild orangutans and other wildlife. In the afternoon, you will cruise down the river in search of proboscis monkeys. Meet our cars and return to town to have dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the local hotel (B,L)

Day 21: 21st November. KETAPANG – IAR
Today, you will visit the orangutan clinic near Ketapang. You have been granted this very special access to the centre. While there you will be given a tour of the facilities, talks about the current situation with the orangutans and other wildlife plus be given the opportunity to participate in the orangutan enrichment program. Afternoon, we head to the beach for sunset drinks before the final nights celebration dinner at a local restuarant. Overnight at the Aston Hotel. (B,L)

Day 22: 22 November. KETAPANG – JAKARTA 
Today you will be taken to the airport to link up with your return flight to Jakarta and your late evening return flights home. Please note that no overnight accommodation is included for this night. If this is required, please let our office know and we can assist with arrangements OR you can continue with your Indonesian adventure.(B)


  • Domestic airfares return to Jakarta 
  • Orangutan Odysseys expedition guide
  • Accommodation in Jakarta on arrival Day 1 only (twin share)
  • Accommodation in all locations throughout the event in Indonesia (twin share)
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D)
  • All activities as outlined
  • National park fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Experienced local guides and porters
  • TBC T-shirt
  • Ranger and local guide fees
  • Orangutan Adoption (1 year)


  • International Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping