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Orangutan Tours 03 Days 02 Nights in Tanjung Puting

ORANGUTAN TOURS 03 DAYS 02 NIGHTS
ORANGUTAN & RIVER SAFARI CENTRAL KALIMANTAN I
Grade: Easy
Start/Finish : Pangkalan Bun Airport

DAY 01: PANGKALAN BUN AIRPORT – KUMAI – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK
Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun Airport you will be picked up by our local staff and take you to Kumai to board on the boat. The boat is a traditional Klotok wooden river boat about 8m by 2.5m with a roof which forms the upper deck where you can view the rain forest as it glides by. The guide’s team includes the boatman, a cook and expert guide. In the peaceful afternoon we will slowly explore the quite river by the klotok while observe the monkeys along the riverside. Dinner on the boat and overnight on the boat or lodge. While overnight on the boat we serve thin mattress, pillow, fine meals, bottled “mineral” water, mosquito net, kitchen, simple toilet available on boat besides the familiar – helpful guides and boatmen (D).

DAY 02: ORANGUTAN EXPLORATION
After breakfast board the klotok to travel up river for about 2 hours boating and then up a side creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rain forest. En route stop at Pondok Tanguy, the rehabilitation center for the new ex-captive orangutans. At Camp Leakey you will have opportunity to trek into the rain forest with your expert guide and the forestry rangers to appreciate the flora as well as perhaps sighting wild orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and birds. Lunch provided on boat. Afternoon visit the feeding station to see rehabilitate orangutans are given additional foods. We can guarantee that the tropical rain forest of Borneo and its natural beauty will spoil and make your best of life time adventure experience. Meals and overnight served on the boat. (B, L, D)

DAY 03: TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – PANGKALAN BUN AIRPORT
After breakfast boating down to Kumai before transfer by car to Pangkalan Bun airport for your next destination. (B)

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Orangutans Tour Rates 03 Days 02 Nights

Per Person in US$ Dollar ( US$ ) Based Klotok Overnight
03 Days 02 Nights Orangutan Tours 01 Person 02-04 05-10 11 Up
800 550 500 450
Per Person in US$ Dollar ( US$ ) Based Overnight in Rimba Lodge
03 Days 02 Nights Orangutan Tours 01 Person 02-04 05-10 11 Up
950 650 600 500

Package Included :
Tour as per itineraries, Meals, Drinking water, Boat, Guide, Ranger, Rimba Eco Lodge or Boat accommodation package, entrance fees and permits @ US$ 75/Person.

Package Excluded :
Flight Tickets, Airport tax, Personal expenses, and all the things that we does not copy to this packages, Included Travel Insurance.
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Orangutan Tours 05 Days 04 Nights in Tanjung Puting

5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS PROGRAME
ORANGUTAN & RIVER SAFARI CENTRAL KALIMANTAN I
Grade: Easy
Start/Finish : Pangkalan Bun Airport

DAY 01 . PANGKALAN BUN – ORANGUTAN
Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun Airport meeting service and you will be board on the boat. In the peaceful afternoon we will slowly explore the quite river by the klotok while observe the monkeys along the riverside. Dinner and overnight on the boat. .(D)

DAY 02 . BOAT – PONDOK TANGGUI – CAMP LEAKEY
After breakfast board the klotok to travel up river for about 2 hours boating and then up a side creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rain forest. En route stop at Pondok Tanguy, the rehabilitation center for the new ex-captive orangutans, see feeding time at 09.00am. Then proceed to Camp Leakey. After lunch on the boat you will have opportunity to take small trek before see feeding time at 14.00 pm for old rehabilitation orangutan given additional foods. Overnight on the boat or at Rimba Lodge. (B,L,D).

DAY 03 . PARK – KUMAI – PANGKALAN BUN – BAKONSU DAYAK VILLAGE
After very early breakfast, boating down to Kumai then transfer by car to drop your luggage at Hotel Pangkalan Bun for about 20 minutes before straight to the speed boat harbor about 5 – 10 minutes away. Please covered your valuable things with dry bags and put suntan lotion for sun protection. We recommend also bring soft ear plugs as the sounds of speed boat is so noisy. You will be boarding your speed boat on the Arut River before change to the Lamandau River . On the way you will pass some villages along the Lamandau River , logging company, and rapids. You will stop for lunch on the way. Upon arrival at Bakonsu Village after 5 – 6 hours drive, our guide will take you to the long house for your accommodation. Sightseeing around the villages and arrange the welcome dancing ceremony. After dinner they will ringing their gong or one of their music instrument to gathering together for this Horn Bill Dancing Party. Lots of people will join and you will be welcome like a King & Queen. Overnight at Long house. (B, L, D)

DAY 04 . BAKONSU DAYAK VILLAGE – PANGKALAN BUN
After breakfast, sightseeing around the village. If you are interested to collect some Dayak Artifacts such as the mask, mat, and carvings this is one of the place that available for this kind of stuffs. After packing your luggage, drive down back to Pangkalan Bun by speed boat. On the way stop at Kotawaringin Palace and sightseeing surrounding. Lunch on the way.Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun, drive by car back to your hotel. Free program at your own leisure. Overnight at Hotel at Pangkalan Bun. (B, L, D).

Day 05 . PANKALAN BUN – TRANSFER OUT
Free morning program until time transfer to Kumai then to Pangkalan Bun airport for next destination.(B)

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Orangutans Tour Rates 05 Days 03 Nights

Per Person in US$ Dollar ( US$ ) Based Klotok Overnight
05 Days 04 Nights Orangutan Tours 01 Person 02-04 05-10 11 Up
1.050 770 700 650
Per Person in US$ Dollar ( US$ ) Based Overnight in Rimba Lodge
05 Days 04 Nights Orangutan Tours 01 Person 02-04 05-10 11 Up
1.150 880 800 600

Package Included :
Tour as per itineraries, Meals, Drinking water, Boat, Guide, Ranger, Rimba Eco Lodge or Boat accommodation package, entrance fees and permits @ US$ 75/Person.

Package Excluded :
Flight Tickets, Airport tax, Personal expenses, and all the things that we does not copy to this packages, Included Travel Insurance.
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Bukit Lawang Jungle Inns – North Sumatra Indonesia

The Jungle Inn is located at the top end of Bukit Lawang, right next to the river crossing across from the Bohorok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Each room in Jungle Inn has a different look and feel. All rooms in Jungle Inn are with attached bathroom and hot shower, some with open sky. The Jungle Inn restaurant offers delicious food. Room rates without breakfast!

Each room at the Jungle Inn has a different look and feel. Prices range from 250,000Rp to 500,000Rp per night. Some with open jungle bathrooms where you can look up at the jungle and sky while taking a shower.

Note: The rooms prices at Jungle Inn have gone up 100,000 per since from 1st February 2012

Honeymoon Suite (2 rooms available): This unique rooms ensure a memorable stay in Bukit Lawang. Both suites are right at the top of Jungle Inn with a large balcony overlooking the river and the jungle. Open bathroom with hot water, large bed with mosquito net, without breakfast. Price per room: 65 Euro/night

River View Room/Jungle View Room
(4 rooms available): Good rooms with a large balcony overlooking the river and the jungle; open bathroom with hot water, large bed with mosquito net, without breakfast. Price per room: 55 Euro/night

Rock Room (3 rooms): One room next to the restaurant, balcony with view to the little way in Bukit Lawang; two rooms, terrace with view to the waterfall, bed with mosquito net, without breakfast.
Price per room: 40 Euro/night.

 

 

 

 

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Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge : Gunung Leuser National Park

Welcome to the green heart of the rain forest: Ecolodge Bukit Lawang. Designed to serve as a model for sustainable livelihoods, running the Ecolodge Bukit Lawang is just one of the activities of PPLH Bohorok (The Bohorok Environmental Education Centre) run by Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari or YEL; the Foundation for a Sustainable Ecosystem. As a non-profit organisation all revenues realised by our Ecolodge are put straight back into community development, social programmes and nature conservation.

Ecotourism plays a critical role in protecting and enhancing the environment, both for the guests and for the local communities. We warmly invite you to learn more about us, our acivities, and our green heartbeat.

Located 80 kilometres from Medan, our Ecolodge is nestled in the rain forest bordering the Gunung Leuser National Park, on the banks of the Bohorok river.

We provide you a unique opportunity to enjoy the tropical rain forest, its orang-utans and over 700 other animal species, an enormous wealth of different plant species, jungle treks, including to the bat caves, rafting, our traditional medicine garden, our organic food or just the natural peace and tranquillity of relaxing at the Ecolodge itself.

Bukit Lawang is a small village in North Sumatra and is famous for the largest animal sanctuary of Sumatra Orang-Utan (around 5,000 Orang-Utans occupy the area), and also the main access point to the Gunung Leuser National Park.

Bukit Lawang rehabilitation center for Orang-Utans was founded in 1973. The purpose of the centre is to preserve the decreasing number of Orang-Utan population by rehabilitating Orang-Utans from captivity.

Bukit Lawang Eco-Lodge, located on the bank of the Bohorok river, with peaceful and eco-friendly lodging, right next to the Gunung Leuser National Park. At the entrance to Bukit Lawang turn left and walk downstream of the river and then cross the suspension bridge across to Eco-Lodge.

They grew their own organic vegetables which are served within the restaurant which has a view over the river.

Room Rates :
Bukit Lawang Eco-Lodge has 34 rooms with 4 different styles and prices.

Butterfly room – 8 rooms – 450,000Rp per night
With Bathroom and shower, fan + mosquito net

Siamang room – 6 rooms – 500,000Rp per night
Hornbill room – 12 rooms – 600,000Rp per night
Both Siamang and Hornbill room are large than the butterfly with bathroom and shower, fan and mosquito nets.

Orangutan room – 6 rooms – 750,000Rp per night
With open jungle bathroom, shower, fan, mosquito nets and internal garden area.

Thomas Leaf Monkey room have recently been built at Eco-lodge so brand new rooms. Price is 850,000Rp per night.

* Include breakfast, tax and service.
* Safe deposit boxes are available at the front office.
* There is no extra charge for children under 10 years.
* Check-out time: 12:00 pm

Orangutan: has an open aired shower.
Siamang: facing the river, located near organic garden.
Thomas Leaf Monkey: has an open aired bathroom, latest room decoration, bright colored walls.
Hornbill: next to organic garden, usually for group.
Butterfly: facing the river, small shower.

Hotel/Airport Pickup : IDR 650.000 for 1-4 people (please let us know your flight details if you need an airport pickup).

 

 

 

 

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Samboja Eco Lodges – East Kalimantan

The Eco Lodge:
A new venture for The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) is the construction of our Samboja Lodge facility. Here, for the first time, visitors and volunteers will be able to work closely with us in the many projects currently active in Samboja Lestari in aid of saving our rainforests and the orangutan.

The Lodge’s unique design is based upon local architecture. All interior and exterior walls are made of recycled materials. The cosmetic touches are all traditional Kalimantan handicrafts and are produced by both local and Dayak communities around the Island. You can even purchase these items if you decide you like them!

The Lodge is surrounded by lush vegetation and each room has its own patio or balcony in which to enjoy the greenery. The glass doors can fold open allowing you to choose between having a barrier to nature, or being completely open to it!

The area around the Lodge has been planted with many indigenous tree species, flowers and fruiting trees. There is also a salt lake, which attracts many animals right beside the Lodge. The Lodge rooms also overlook the Orangutan Islands. At night, the evening sky is full of stars and the Southern Cross is easily visible.

It is our hope that your stay with us will encourage you to continue your support for the preservation of our natural spaces. Through our planned visitors activities, you will be able to become a part of our daily work team. In this way, you will gain first hand knowledge on what is required to rebuild a forest and protect its wildlife. So come on, get your hands dirty, work and eat with us, and plant your own special tree as a lasting memory of your visit! You will even be able to track your tree’s progress on the Internet.

Accommodation:
Our rooms

Staying at Samboja Lodge you are in the center of a 2000 hectare reserve of unique, regenerating rainforest. Exotic birds will come to your balcony and tree frogs will “sing” to you in the evening. Samboja lodge offers modern fascilities with an open restaurant serving traditional Indonesian meals. You will have a unique and adventurous learning experience, whilst staying in comfort.

Our Lodge currently has 26 rooms conprising of 22 standard rooms (two single beds each, AC), 2 suites (queen size beds, AC and hot water) and 2 treetops suites (king size beds, fantastic views, AC and hot water).

The Lodge consists of two long levels and a center tower.
The ground level contains 12 rooms (6 on either side of the center tower), each with its own patio, private bathroom and twin beds for double occupancy. Normally we use the lower level to accommodate volunteers. The center tower houses a laundry, kitchen facilities, offices and storages and the area where you can play pool and watch DVD’s on our television.

The upper level has 10 rooms with balcony, private bathroom and twin beds for double occupancy as well. But the upper level also has two VIP guests rooms with Queen size beds, air conditioning and hot water. In the same level you get access to the reception, communal area for dining with a fantastic view of some forest animals and a bar. Here you also can find a computer with Internet connection.
The upper level of the tower accommodates two master VIP suites complete with king size beds, jacuzzi and large picture windows overlooking the Samboja Lestari area.
There is also a large viewing platform which is open to all guests.

Local Weather :
High = 30 C
Low = 27 C

Please email us at info@orangutanexplore.com for up to date room rates.

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Tanjung Puting National Park – Central Kalimantan Indonesia

Here are so many words that can describe Borneo, including verdant, vast, and vibrant. It is the world’s third largest island with an extremely diverse flora and fauna that include more than 380 species of birds, 222 species of mammals, more than 2,000 species of orchids, and more than 3,000 species of trees. Borneo is one of 17,000 islands that comprise the country of Indonesia, and it’s one of two places on the planet where orangutans live.

Tanjung Puting National Park has several ecosystem types: lowland tropical rain forest, dryland forest, freshwater swamp forest, mangrove forest, coastal forest, and secondary forest.
The Park is dominated by lowland forest plants like jelutung (Dyera costulata), ramin (Gonystylus bancanus), meranti (Shorea sp.), keruing (Dipterocarpus sp.), and rattans.

Endangered and protected species of animal inhabiting the Park include the orangutan (Pongo satyrus), proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus), maroon leaf monkey (Presbytis rubicunda rubida), sun bear (Helarctos malayanus euryspilus), lesser Malay mouse deer (Tragulus javanicus klossii), clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), and leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis borneoensis).
Tanjung Puting is the largest and most diverse protected example of extensive coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest which used to cover much of southern Borneo . The area was originally declared as a game reserve in 1935 and a National Park in 1982. While the Park has checkered history of weak protection, nonetheless, it remains substantially wild and natural.

Tanjung Puting is covered by a complex mosaic of diverse lowland habitats. It contains 3,040 sq km2 of low lying swampy terrain punctuated by blackwater rivers which flow into the Java Sea . At the mouth of these rivers and along the sea coast are found Nipa/mangrove swamps. Mangroves teem with animal life. Tanjung Puting also includes tall dry ground tropical rain forest, primarily tropical heath forest, with a canopy of 40 meters (120 feet) with “emergents” exceeding 50
meters (150 ft) in height, seasonally inundated peat swamp forest with peat in layers two meters deep, open depression lakes formed by fire, and open areas of abandoned dry rice fields now covered with elephant grass and ferns. The tropical heath forest which is called “kerangas” in parts of Borneo , is only found on very poor, typically white-sandy soils and is characterized by medium-sized trees.

The best known animals in Tanjung Puting are the orangutans, made famous through the efforts of Orangutan Research and Conservation Program, which is based at the landmark Camp Leakey research station. Tanjung Puting also boasts the bizarre looking proboscis monkey with its “Jimmy Durante” nose as well as seven other primate species. Clouded leopards, civets, and Malaysian sun bears cavort in the park as do mouse deer, barking deer, sambar deer, and the wild cattle known as banteng.

Tanjung Puting hosts over 220 species of birds, including hornbills, deep forest birds and many wetland species. Tanjung Puting is well known for its “bird lakes, ” seasonal rookeries for a half a dozen species of endangered waterbirds, including the only known Bornean nesting grounds for white egrets. Tanjung Puting also has two species of crocodiles, dozens of snakes and frogs, numerous threatened species, including the fortune-bringing and highly endangered “dragon” fish also known as the Arwana (bony-tongue). Among the most flamboyant of these animals are the many species of colorful birds,butterflies, and moths found in the Park.

Tanjung Puting sits on a peninsula that juts out into the Java Sea . The peninsula is low lying and swampy with a spine of dry ground which rises a few feet above the omnipresent swamp. Towards the north of Tanjung Puting is characterized by gentle hills and gold- bearing alluvial plains. Maps of the region commonly portray a ridge of mountains coming down into Tanjung Puting. This ridge does not exist, in fact, nowhere does the altitude rise above 100 feet in Tanjung Puting.

Tanjung Puting is a veritable hothouse of ecodiversity. The diverse habitat zones shelter slightly different fauna and flora providing a great variety of microhabitats for plants and animals and thus, the opportunity for many species to be present in close proximity. In a Bornean context, tropical heath forest by itself is not representative of the largest trees, the tallest canopy, or the most diverse ecosystem.Tropical swamp ecosystems are little represented in protected areas throughout Southeast Asia but are omnipresent in Tanjung Puting. In the peat swamp forest, many trees have stilt roots or aerial roots as adaptations to frequent flooding.

Aside from its remarkable biological attributes, Tanjung Puting is highly important for the well-being of the surrounding local human population. The wetlands provide vital ecological services such as flood control, stream control regulation, erosion control, natural biological filtration system, and seasonal nurseries for fish which are the major source of local animal protein. Many of these services have an impact well beyond the local area.

For instance, the waters surrounding Tanjung Puting attract fishing vessels from many different parts of Indonesia . In addition, local peoplebenefit from a great variety of forest products including honey, waxes, aromatic woods, fibers for ropes and cloth, medicinal plants, fuel oils, thatching materials, rattan, firewood, incense, wild rubber, edible latexes, resins, natural pesticides, fungicides and possible virocides.

For the above reasons and many other reasons not noted, Tanjung Puting is recognized as one of the most important and outstanding provincial treasures in Kalimantan Tengah. The national government has also made a strong commitment to protect the forest, its wildlife and to manage the park wisely. Tanjung Puting has increasingly gained international prestige and recognition. As a result, more and more visitors from throughout the world are experiencing a fresh new outlook on nature and an appreciation of the tropical rain forest which was humankind’s original “Garden of Eden.”

This Park was the first place in Indonesia to become a rehabilitation centre for orangutans. There are now three orangutan rehabilitation locations, Tanjung Harapan, Pondok Tanggui, and Camp Leakey.
The orangutan of Kalimantan has dark reddish fur and no tail. As they get older, the adult males cheeks flesh out, resembling cushions. The older they get, the bigger these cheek flanges grow, giving them a fierce look.
UNESCO has declared Tanjung Puting National Park as a Biosphere Reserve, and it is also a Sister Park to Taman Negara Malaysia under a cooperation agreement between Indonesia and Malaysia.

Interesting locations/attractions:
Tanjung Harapan: this is the first station in the orangutan rehabilitation process. Situated in the midst of secondary forest and swamp forest, it has a guesthouse, an information centre, and trails.

Pondok Tanggui: orangutans that have passed the semi-wild phase are moved to Pondok Tanggui. There, they are closely monitored from a distance, and human contact is avoided.

Camp Leakey: founded in 1971 in the middle of primary forest, this is the location for semi-wild and wild orangutans, and for younger orangutans from birth until three years of age.

Natai Lengkuas: bekantan research station, and watching other animals along the river.

Buluh River and Danau Burung (Bird Lake): watching birds, in particular migrant species.
Among the cultural attractions outside the Park is a traditional rowing contest held in Pangkalan Bun in May.

Best time of year to visit: April to November

How to reach the Park: Jakarta-Semarang-Pangkalan Bun by plane, or from Semarang to Pangkalan Bun by ship. Pangkalan Bun-Kumai by car (8 km). Then, Kumai-Tanjung Harapan by motorized longboat, 1.5-2 hours; or Kumai-Natai Lengkuas, 4-5 hours; Kumai-Tanjung Harapan by fast motor boat, 0.5-1 hour; Kumai-Camp Leakey, 1.5-2 hours; or from Kumai-Natai Lengkuas, 1.5-2 hours.

 

 

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Rimba Eco Lodge – Tanjung Puting National Park – Kalimantan

RIMBA LODGES – CENTRAL KALIMANTAN
ORANGUTANS in the wild!

Rimba is reached only by boat from the port of Kumai. Arriving at the Lodge jetty in the middle of the forest is an unforgettable experience. The jetty connects to all rooms, the reception area, office and restaurant by a series of covered boardwalks.

The Lodge provides a base from which you can explore the surrounding rainforest and Tanjung Puting National Park. . Take a walk from your room along the bird walk, hear the plaintive cry of Gibbons, early birdsong and the resident Macaque monkey troop from your comfortable room, set right on the edge of the gently flowing Sekonyer river.

From the Lodge you travel by klotok (wooden boats) upstream, surrounded by rainforest, to a number of feeding stations in the Tanjung Puting National Park, the most famous of which is Camp Leakey, established in 1971 by Professor Birute Galdikas, a student of Professor Louis Leakey, together with Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey.

As you walk through the rainforest you often see orangutans and at Camp Leakey you sometimes see gibbons as well as many butterflies and birds. At the feeding stations you will get a wonderful opportunity to see these amazing primates up close. You might also take a night safari to see tarsiers, glowing mushrooms, fireflies and perhaps owls.

Rimba is reached only by boat from the port of Kumai. Arriving at the Lodge jetty in the middle of the forest is an unforgettable experience. The jetty connects to all rooms, the reception area, office and restaurant by a series of covered boardwalks. The Lodge provides a base from which you can explore the surrounding rainforest and Tanjung Puting National Park. . Take a walk from your room along the bird walk, hear the plaintive cry of Gibbons, early birdsong and the resident Macaque monkey troop from your comfortable room, set right on the edge of the gently flowing Sekonyer river.

From the Lodge you travel by klotok (wooden boats) upstream, surrounded by rainforest, to a number of feeding stations in the Tanjung Puting National Park, the most famous of which is Camp Leakey, established in 1971 by Professor Birute Galdikas, a student of Professor Louis Leakey, together with Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey. As you walk through the rainforest you often see orangutans and at Camp Leakey you sometimes see gibbons as well as many butterflies and birds. At the feeding stations you will get a wonderful opportunity to see these amazing primates up close.

You might also take a night safari to see tarsiers, glowing mushrooms, fireflies and perhaps owls.

Situated on the edge of ‘The Tanjung Puting National Park’, this forest lodge on the Sekonyer River provides a base for seeing nine primate species.This is one of the only places in the world where orangutans can be seen in the wild. Observe Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Gibbons, Tarsiers and other primate species in their natural habitat. Enjoy the Klotok river boat experience and the forest.
Key Features at a Glance

* Forest and river lodge situated on the edge of ‘The Tanjung Puting National Park’.
* Base from which to explore the rainforest and see Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Macaque Monkeys, Black-Handed Gibbons, Tarsiers and other primate species in their natural habitat.
* Klotok river boat experience offering a unique experience in itself and a chance to see wildlife along the forest edge and at dusk to be surrounded by fireflies among the lower river reeds.
* National Park entry and all tours organized to suit your interests by the Lodge staff

See as many as 9 primate species, crocodiles, butterflies and rare birds such as Storms stork. Many endangered species, even clouded leopards, are hidden in the jungle or “Rimba”, through which you chug in a ’kelotok’ boat.

You then land and walk 20 minutes into the forest to see the orangutans at the feeding stations upriver. You might also take a night safari to see tarsiers, glowing mushrooms fireflies and perhaps owls.

Hear the plaintive cry of Gibbons, early birdsong and the resident Macacque monkey troop from your comfortable room at the Lodge, set right on the edge of the gently flowing Sekonyer river in light forest.


RIMBA ORANGUTAN ECO LODGE HAS:
35 rooms – (15 Emerald, 6 Sapphire, 14 Ruby)
Mosquito drapes and repellent
Emerald rooms have AC and Hot water
Excellent meals in the restaurant
Drinks in the Lounge
All transport organized (extra cost)
Eco tour guide for bird watching etc
Management practices are eco
responsible in all the lodges
Double or twin beds
Western shower and toilets
Fans in all rooms
Packed picnic lunches
Friendly staff to serve you
A percentage of our profit goes
to environmental protection
You may also decide to make a donation
Easy email bookings
Internet access
To enter Tanjung Puting National Park you need a photocopy of the photo page and visa page of your passport, we do the rest. Don’t forget to bring binoculars, camera and film!

Accommodation and Rooms
Rimba Lodge is perched on the edge of the Sekonyer River and surrounded by forest. Access is only by boat from the Port of Kumai. The timber Lodge is built in a series of adjoining elevated pavilions.

Each pavilion contains 3 rooms and has its own covered verandah and boardwalk to the river’s edge. Amethyst, Sapphire and Ruby rooms are adjoining in one large pavilion. The walkways also join the restaurant, reception and lounge and office. The Lodge is just a few minutes by boat from the orangutan feeding station at Pondok Tangui and mid way upstream to Camp Leakey. A resident troop of macaques are often seen around the Lodge and Proboscis monkeys are also often visible across the river. This is a Lodge that feels truly remote.

Staff at the Lodge will be happy to organize daily tours for you, boxed lunches and even dinner if you wish to dine on the boat amongst the fireflies. The booking team at Udayana Eco Lodge are also available to organize all of your travel requirements in advance. (LINK to Booking team page)

CABIN RATES:
Diamond Cabin
Rp. 1.500.000/Night/Double or Single

Emerald Cabin

Rp. 1.250.000/Night/Double or Single

Amethyst Cabin
Rp. 1.100.000/Night/Double or Single

Sapphire Cabin
Rp. 950.000/Night/Double or Single

Ruby Cabin
Rp. 750.000/Night/Double or Single

Extra Bed : Rp. 500.000/bed

Above Room Rate included Breakfast but Excluded Taxes and Service ( 20% )

High and peak season apply from June 01-September 30 and December 01-January 15 with additional surcharge Rp. 250.000/night/room

Location
Borneo can still seem quite inaccessible to international travellers but trust us its not that hard. It’s certainly a little bit off the beaten track, but still very safe. Indonesian people are some of the friendliest in the world and we can organise expert guides and pickup along the way. Infact we can help you organise your whole trip. Visit our bookings page for more information.

RImba Eco Lodge is perched on the Sekonyer River upstream from the Port of Kumai which is on the Java Sea coast at the southern tip of Central Kalimantan (Borneo).
* We can organize all your travel by air from Jakarta via Semarang; from Bali, also via Semarang and also via Surabaya to Sampit followed by 4 hours by road.
* By air from Bali or Jakarta via Surabaya or Semarang to Pangkalam Bun via Sampit (approx: 3hrs).
* Then, by car (we meet you) – 20 minutes to Kumai Port.
* Then, by boat – a delightful river trip (approx: 2 hrs) to the RIMBA ORANGUTAN ECO LODGE.

HOW TO GET THERE!
* By air from Bali to Jogjakarta or Jakarta via Surabaya or Semarang or Sampit (approx: 3hrs). to Pangkalam Bun
* Then, by car (we meet you) – 30 minutes to Kumai Port.
* Then, by boat – a delightful river trip (approx: 2.5 hrs) to the RIMBA ORANGUTAN ECO LODGE.
* There is a speed boat option – more expensive.
* Yachts can tie-up at Harri’s Landing, Kumai

Please Note:
The Rimba Lodge can only be approached by boat. The following are standard charges for transport and national park fees:
* Airport pick-up and Lodge boat (2 persons) – Rp.1.500,000
* River boat (Klotok) for 2 – 4 persons – Rp. 2.000,000/ Transfer
* Lunch on boat Rp. 250,000/person
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Bukit Lawang – North Sumatra

Bukit Lawang is a popular tourist destination for its laidback riverside lifestyle, jungle treks in the Gunung Leuser National Park, and its world-famous orangutan rehabilitation centre..

Bukit Lawang is a small tourist village at the bank of Bahorok River in North Sumatra province of Indonesia. Situated approximately 86 km north-west of Medan, Bukit Lawang is known for the largest animal sanctuary of Sumatran orangutan (around 5,000 orangutans occupy the area), and also the main access point to the Gunung Leuser National Park from the east side.

Bukit Lawang rehabilitation center for orangutans was founded in 1973. The main purpose is to preserve the decreasing number of orangutan population due to hunting, trading and deforestation.

A flash flood hit Bukit Lawang on 2 November 2003. The disaster, which was the result of illegal logging, destroyed the local tourist resorts and had a devastating impact to the local tourism industry in the area. Around 400 houses, 3 mosques, 8 bridges, 280 kiosks and food stalls, 35 inns and guest houses were destroyed by the flood, including 239 people (5 of them were tourists) were killed and around 1,400 locals lost their homes. Thanks to several international cooperation agencies, the site was rebuilt and re-opened again in July 2004

Bukit Lawang is one of the most accessible places to spot this reclusive primate, thanks to an orang-utan conservation programme that has been operating on the eastern edge of the Gunung Leuser National Park since the 1970s. The national park is one of the orang-utan’s last remaining strongholds, with more than 5000 animals thought to be living in the wild.

Since the village is only 96km northwest of Medan, Bukit Lawang is also one of the easiest places from which to make the leap into the jungle, a diverse and rugged forest crisscrossed by clear, fast-flowing rivers. Many tourists slip-slide through the mud and undergrowth on multi-day treks and hobble back to the village to recuperate.

Bukit Lawang was extensively damaged by a flash flood in November 2003, which killed 280 people and destroyed much of the riverfront development. The essentials of the town and tourist infrastructure have been rebuilt but the community is still grieving for lost relatives and livelihoods.

Location
Bukit Lawang is located 86km from Medan, the largest city in Indonesia’s Northern island of Sumatra, at the entrance to Gunung Leuser National Park, the last sanctuary of the Sumatran orangutan.

Getting there from Medan
In order to reach Bukit Lawang, tourists can either:

* take a taxi direct from Medan city centre or airport to Bukit Lawang (about $125)
* hail a becak (motorised rickshaw) or taxi (about $4), or a local yellow bus (about $5.20) to Pinang Baris station; from there large orange buses travel to Bukit Lawang for approx $25.50, or faster minibuses for $1. Buses run until roughly 5:30pm.
* take a bus or taxi to Binjai, about 15km from Medan on the road to Bukit Lawang, where minibuses continue until around 6:30pm

Flora and fauna
Seeing the orangutans is a magical experience. You can usually see them near the rehabilitation centre and at the feeding platform during the morning and afternoon feeding sessions. Still the best experience is an encounter in the jungle where there are many semi-wild and wild animals. The wild Orangutan can be difficult to spot unless you go deep into the jungle. There are also white and black gibbons that make an amazing noise calling out to each other, and Thomas Leaf monkeys. If you are lucky, you may be able to see toucans, moon snakes, monitor lizards. Since there are very few still alive, it is very improbable that either the Sumatran Tiger or the Sumatran Rhinoceros will be encountered, although footprints and droppings have been reported.

Climate
During the wet season, October to March, expect rain at least daily, towards the late afternoon and early evening. Intensity varies, but invariably the monsoonal rains always arrive. Climate is always very humid, so pack a lot of drinking water if you are trekking.

Fees/Permits
Access to the Gunung Leuser National Park is Rp. 200,000 per person – payable either in Bukit Lawang, or at the orangutan feeding ground. Permit should be included in all treks and jungle activities, but check with the guide to be sure.

What to see:
* Bukit Lawang. Bukit Lawang is most famous for the Orangutan rehabilitation centre. Feedings are daily at 8.00AM and 3.00PM. Attending the feeding costs 20.000Rp. The proceeds are used to keep the project running.

The rangers are highly qualified and can tell you a lot about orangutans and the project. Please always follow their instructions to guarantee your and the orangutans safety. The feedings are a great opportunity for amazing pictures as the oragnutans usually stick around a bit whilst munching on their bananas.

* Exciting News The new Governor of North Sumatra comes from Bukit Lawang and one of his promises was to fix the road from Medan to Bukit Lawang. Work has already commenced and compared to previous years the road has improved a lot and work is still ongoing. There are still some bumpy parts but in general big improvements are being made.

* Ketambe is a village on the west side of Gunung Leuser National Park. It is less visited than Bukit Lawang, but the area is amazing and the people are very friendly. To reach Ketambe from Medan, you have to go first to Kutacane (a 30 minutes flight or a 7 hours minibus ride). Note the flights fill very quickly so make sure you book as soon as arriving in Medan.

Note also that the airline flying is on a contract basis and from time to time when the contract finishes there are times when there are NO flights until a new contract is signed.

As of 14th May 2009 NBA Airlines signed a new contract to fly from Medan to Kutacane and from Kutacane to Banda Aceh on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week. Check the www.ketambe.com website for more details. From Kutacane take a mobil (local transport) and go 30 km to Ketambe. At least 6 guesthouses in Ketambe(Pak Mus Homestay, Sadar Wisata, Cinta Alam, Pondok Wisata, Gurah Bungalows and new one called Friendship Guesthouse) offer accommodation in wooden bungalows with bath from about Rp. 50.000. Indonesian and western style food is available. It is possible to organize trekking. You will see real wild living orangutans (not like in Bukit Lawang, were you can even feed them), monkeys and many kind of birds. On a 2 to 3 day trip you can go to a hot spring beside the Alas river and camp over there. There are a lot of opportunities to do a trekking tour; even a 14 days hike to the top of the Mount Leuser (3400 m). Every guesthouse can organize a rafting trip down the Alas river.

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Orangutan Kalimantan Borneo – Indonesia

The Bornean Orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, is a species of orangutan native to the island of Borneo. Together with the slightly smaller Sumatran Orangutan, it belongs to the only genus of great apes native to Asia.

The Bornean Orangutan has a life span of about 35 to 40 years in the wild; in captivity it can live to be 60. A survey of wild orangutans found that males are typically 75 kg (165 lb) and 1.2-1.4 m (4-4.7 ft) long; females averaging 38.5 kg (82 lb) and 1-1.2 m (3.3-4 ft) long

There is evidence that there was gene flow between the geographically isolated Bornean Orangutan populations until recently. The Bornean and Sumatran Orangutan species diverged 1.5 – 1.7 million years ago. This occurred well before the two islands (Borneo and Sumatra) separated. The two species of orangutan are more distantly related than the Common Chimpanzee and the Bonobo. Despite the difference, the two orangutan species were only considered subspecies until as recently as 1996, following sequencing of mt DNA.

The Bornean Orangutan has three subspecies:
* Northwest Bornean Orangutan P. p. pygmaeus – Sarawak (Malaysia) & northern West Kalimantan (Indonesia)
* Central Bornean Orangutan P. p. wurmbii – Southern West Kalimantan & Central Kalimantan (Indonesia)
* Northeast Bornean Orangutan P. p. morio – East Kalimantan (Indonesia) & Sabah (Malaysia)

The population currently listed as P. p. wurmbii may be closer to the Sumatran Orangutan (P. abelii) than the Bornean Orangutan. If confirmed, abelii would be a subspecies of P. wurmbii (Tiedeman, 1808). Regardless, the type locality of pygmaeus has not been established beyond doubts, and may be from the population currently listed as wurmbii (in which case wurmbii would be a junior synonym of pygmaeus, while one of the names currently considered a junior synonym of pygmaeus would take precedence for the taxon in Sarawak and northern West Kalimantan). To further confuse, the name morio, as well as various junior synonyms that have been suggested,[1] have been considered likely to all be junior synonyms of the population listed as pygmaeus in the above, thus leaving the taxon found in East Kalimantan and Sabah unnamed.

The Bornean Orangutan lives in tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests in the Bornean lowlands as well as mountainous areas 1500 m in elevation. It lives at different heights in the trees and moves large distances to find trees bearing fruit. Its diet consists of fruit as well as shoots, bark, mineral rich soil and bird eggs. It also eats insects but to a lesser extent than the Sumatran Orangutan.

The Bornean Orangutan travels on the ground more than its Sumatran counterpart. It is theorized this may be in part because there is no need to avoid the large predators which only exist in Sumatra such as the Sumatran Tiger.

The Bornean Orangutan is more solitary than the Sumatran Orangutan. Two or three orangutans that have overlapping territories may interact for small periods of time. Males and females generally come together only to mate. Rape is common among orangutans. Sub-adult males will try to mate with any female, though they probably mostly fail to impregnate them since mature females are easily capable of fending them off. Mature females prefer to mate with mature males.

Newborn orangutans nurse every 3 to 4 hours, and begin to take soft food from their mothers’ lips by 4 months. the first year of its life the baby clings to its mother’s abdomen by entwining its fingers in and gripping her fur. Babies stay with their mothers until they are about 8 or 9 years old and have a long childhood compared to other apes.

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Orangutan Sumatra – Indonesia

The Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) is the rarer of the two species of orangutans. Living and endemic to Sumatra island of Indonesia, they are smaller than the Bornean Orangutan. The Sumatran Orangutan grows to about 4.6 feet tall and 200 pounds in males. Females are smaller, averaging 3 feet and 100 pounds.

Compared to the Bornean Orangutan, the Sumatran Orangutans possess a lighter and longer pelage, a longer face, a smaller stature, and flanges that are covered in small white hairs.

Compared to the Bornean Orangutan, the Sumatran Orangutan tends to be more frugivorous and especially insectivorous.Preferred fruits include figs and jackfruits. It also will eat bird eggs and small vertebrates. The Sumatran Orangutans spend far less time feeding on the inner bark of trees.

Wild Sumatran Orangutans in the Suaq Balimbing swamp have been observed using tools. An orangutan will break off a tree branch that’s about a foot long, snap off the twigs and fray one end. It then will use the stick to dig in tree holes for termites. They’ll also use the stick to poke a bees nest wall, move it around and catch the honey. In addition, orangutans use tools to eat fruit. When the fruit of the Neesia tree ripens, its hard, ridged husk softens until it falls open. Inside are seeds that the orangutans love, but they are surrounded by fiberglass-like hairs that are painful if eaten. A Neesia-eating orangutan will select a five-inch stick, strip off its bark, and then carefully collect the hairs with it. Once the fruit is safe, the ape will eat the seeds using the stick or its fingers. Although similar swamps can be found in Borneo, wild Bornean Orangutans have not been seen using these types of tools.

NHNZ filmed the Sumatran Orangutan for its show Wild Asia: In the Realm of the Red Ape; it showed one of them using a simple tool, a twig, to pry food from difficult places. There is also a sequence of an animal using a large leaf as an umbrella in a tropical rainstorm.

The Sumatran Orangutan is also more arboreal than its Bornean cousin; this could be because of the presence of large predators like the Sumatran Tiger. It moves through the trees by brachiation.

The Sumatran Orangutan is more social than its Bornean counterpart. Groups of these orangutans gather to feed on the mass amount of fruiting on the fig trees. However adult males generally avoid contact with other adult males. Rape is common among orangutans. Sub-adult males will try to mate with any female, though they probably mostly fail to impregnate them since mature females are easily capable of fending them off. Mature females prefer to mate with mature males.

Interval birth rates for Sumatran Orangutan were longer than the Bornean ones and are the longest reported interval birth rates among the great apes. Sumatran orangutans give birth when they are about 15 years old. Infant orangutans will stay close to their mother for up to three years. Even after that, the young will still associate with their mother.

Both orangutan species are likely to live several decades; the longevity estimate can span for more than 50 years, with the oldest captive orangutan, Ah Meng, being born in 1960.[6] Nonja, thought to be the world’s oldest in captivity or the wild at the time of its death, died at the Miami MetroZoo at the age of 55.

The average of the first reproduction of P. abelii is around 12.3 years old with no indication of menopause.

In 2002, the World Conservation Union put the species on the IUCN Red List with critically endangered status. A survey in the Lake Toba forests, found only two habited areas, Bukit Lawang (defined as the animal sanctuary) and Gunung Leuser National Park.The survey estimated only 3,500 orangutans still live on Sumatra in 2002. Baby orangutans are often captured and sold as highly prized pets. In order to catch the babies poachers normally have to kill the mother first to prevent her from protecting her baby.

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