Private riverboat adventure in Tanjung Puting National Park

Over four days, you’ll slip quietly through the jungle-flanked channels and mangrove swamps of the Sekonyer River aboard your own private klotok, a traditional wooden houseboat. You’ll sail through the heart of Tanjung Puting National Park, the top orang-utan conservation area in the world. With a little bit of luck, you’ll spot orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, macaques and maybe even leopards along the way.

What to expect in Tanjung Puting National Park...

The facilities aboard your klotok will be simple yet sufficient, with a clean sleeping cabin and an upper deck for soaking up the passing panoramas. You’ll be served tasty local meals three times a day and your guide will teach you about the birds, wildlife and conservation challenges of the rainforest as you sail. You’ll be woken by an atmospheric but undeniably noisy jungle chorus each morning, so don’t worry if you forget your alarm clock!

If a live-aboard boat just isn’t your style, you can stay at Rimba Lodge instead. This is a leading eco-lodge on the riverbank, steeped in jungle atmosphere and accessible only by boat. Here, you’ll stay in a cosy room with an en-suite bathroom and a private veranda. If you take this option, you’ll enjoy breakfast at the lodge before boarding your klotok each day, returning in time for dinner.

During the trip, you’ll jump off your riverboat for some orang-utan adventures, starting at Camp Leakey, headquarters of the Orang-utan Foundation International. Here, you’ll perch on a tree-trunk just a few metres from the feeding station and watch wide-eyed as the peckish primates appear. It’s magical stuff...

Whilst the orang-utans are encouraged to fend for themselves in the wild, there are two further feeding stations in the rainforest that exist purely to ensure their survival. You’ll pay each of these stations a visit, as well as the Pasalat Rainforest Station, a fascinating conservation centre focused on reforestation.

Location: Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Duration: 3 nights

Accommodation: traditional wooden houseboat, or Rimba eco-lodge

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Our client said...

'Wonderfully peaceful, and the traditional boat felt like the ideal way to approach the wildlife.'

Important to note...

This is a rustic experience, so be sure to pack a relaxed attitude and an appetite for adventure! Additionally, while you’re almost guaranteed a string of great orang-utan sightings on this trip, please remember that nothing is set in stone when it comes to wildlife.

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