ORANGUTANS ON THE RUNGAN RIVER – BAUN BANGO
Starting this trip, we pick you up from the airport or your hotel in our air-conditioned private charter car. From here we travel to Sei Gohong and board a simple local canoe to see the beautiful orangutan islands, home to rehabilitated orangutans before their release into the wild operated by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF). We watch from a distance that will not disturb this process as they adapt to the natural forest environment of the island. After observing orangutans in their island habitat, we then transfer to BOS’s nearby Education Centre in Nyaru Menteng for more information on their activities. Lunch in a local Dayak grilled river fish restaurant.
Returning to the car, we continue our trip to Baun Bango on the Katingan River (2 hours). Here we board the Spirit of Kalimantan for a welcome drink and snack as the boat heads downstream to find a quiet mooring on the river.
Dinner and overnight on board the Spirit of Kalimantan.
LAKE JELAMPANGEN – JAHANJANG
Early morning, we board local canoes for a trip to the vast peat water Lake Jelampangen. Entering along narrow canals used by fishermen. Watch out for birdlife.
Mid-afternoon, we visit the tiny village of Jahanjang and stroll along the walkways to meet the people and learn about their livelihoods, including cattle farming, which is improving village incomes. We then take the opportunity to walk to the beautiful calm Lake Bulat behind the village to watch the sunset reflected in the mirror waters. After a snack there, we return to the boat for dinner and overnight.
SEBANGAU NATIONAL PARK
Today we continue downstream to the mouth of the small tributary, Punggualas River, the beginning of our forest adventure. Early morning, we transfer to small canoes to travel the narrow river course to reach the park information and research site managed by the National Parks Authority. Explore the camp, meet the ranger, and talk briefly about the camp’s activities. Venture along the boardwalks adjacent to the centre, walking deep into the dense forest, keeping an ear and eye out for wildlife, for orangutans, proboscis monkeys or macaques. Return to the boat for lunch.
In the cool afternoon, we set off for a short forest trek to track wild orangutans and later to spot night wildlife as we return to the boat for dinner and overnight. Note that this is a challenging trek through wet and uneven peat swamp forests to follow and spot wild orangutans, which we cannot guarantee. You may also see the rare clouded leopard or hear gibbon songs.
Optional dinner and overnight in the forest cabin or onboard the Spirit of Kalimantan. [B/L/D]
The boat continues the journey downstream and we stop at villages to see their traditional fishing industry. Lunch is served as we cruise. Keep an eye for the iconic hornbills crossing the river. Reaching the larger village of Telaga, we walk around with a local guide to meet the people to see traditional livelihood activities. Buy some locally fished giant prawns or other available fish and the cook will prepare them for dinner!
Return to the boat which will move down river to find a quiet location near Klaru River to enjoy the sunset and moor overnight.
Overnight onboard. [B/L/D]
KLARU RIVER - JAHANJANG – PALANGKA RAYA
Wake with the dawn for a stunning wildlife experience as we board village canoes to explore the black water Klaru River. Within RMU’s Katingan Project forest rehabilitation area, we learn more about their REDD+ project.
We make our way upstream to a site to watch birds, proboscis monkeys and a variety of other wildlife and walk along the boardwalks into the forest for further opportunities to see wildlife. After this experience, we return to the boat for the 4-hour cruise upstream to Jahanjang for transfer to cars for the return trip to Palangka Raya (approx 3.5 hours by road).