Borneo River Cruise Extension (November 21 - 24, 2020)

DAY 1 (SAT, NOV 21): PANGKALAN BUN – KUMAI – TANJUNG HARAPAN ~ Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun Airport, you will be picked up by our local staff and transfer you to the port of Kumai to board on the Wow Borneo boat. Each boat is a renovated traditional Klotok, or wooden river boat, measuring about 18m by 3m, with a comfortable upper deck where you can view the rainforest as it glides by. The boats have 3 air-conditioned en suite cabins below deck. Your cabin is fully equipped with sheets, towels and toiletries. Delicious Asian fusion meals are eaten around the dining table on deck. The boat crew includes the boatman, a cook, assistant cook, and English-speaking guide.

En route to the Tanjung Puting National Park, we stop first at Tanjung Harapan, a rehabilitation center for orangutans. After a short walk in the forest to the platforms, we witness feeding time at 3 pm.

Later, in the peaceful late afternoon, we will slowly explore the quiet river to observe proboscis monkeys and possibly fireflies in season among the Nipa palms along the riverside. Dinner and overnight on the boat. 

Accommodations: KM Sekonyer River Boat

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2 (SUN, NOV 22): PESALAT – CAMP LEAKEY ~ After breakfast, we cruise the waterways in the park through tea-colored water to see the perfect reflections from the vegetation along the river. You may even see freshwater crocodiles! En route upstream, we stop at Pesalat, the reforestation site where you can plant a tree, for a small donation.

After lunch on board, visit Camp Leakey, the research and information center and where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rainforest. From the center, set off on an easy and pretty trek through the tropical rainforest to see orangutans, birds and other rainforest animals. Keep an eye out for noisy gibbons, deer and wild boar.

Return to the boat for dinner and move to a quiet mooring for the night.

Accommodations: KM Sekonyer River Boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 (MON, NOV 23): PONDOK TANGGUY  – TANJUNG HARAPAN ~ After breakfast, board the klotok to travel upriver to Pondok Tanguy, the rehabilitation center for newly released orangutans, arriving in time for their 9 am feeding.

This afternoon, visit Tanjung Harapan rehabilitation center again for another afternoon feeding session.  If you prefer, there is an opportunity for a forest hike instead.

For anyone interested, a night walk in search of nocturnal animals, fireflies and glowing mushrooms is available.

Accommodations: KM Sekonyer River Boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 (TUES, NOV 24): SEKONYER RIVER – KUMAI – PANGKALAN BUN AIRPORT ~ For your final morning on board, you’ll cruise slowly along the Sekonyer River for wildlife spotting along the mangrove riverbanks.  After lunch, transfer to Kumai Port and then on to Pangkalan Bun in time to connect to your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Pricing from $1160* per person based on double occupancy.

Inclusions: Transfers in and out, between the Sekonyer in Kumai and the Pangkalan Bun airport or hotel; air-conditioned (optional), en suite cabin accommodation; English-speaking guide; All meals cooked and served on board; Mineral water, tea, coffee and fresh fruit juices; Admission fee and park entrance permit; All off-boat tours as listed; Ranger donation.

Exclusions: flights, porter fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, items of a personal nature, alcohol and sodas, and travel insurance.

Important Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to seasonal river conditions. Dry season conditions may cause alterations to the itineraries. Note that, depending on your arrival time in Pangkalan Bun, the program may change to fit with orangutan feeding times. However, over the course of your visit, we will visit the forest locations described, but in a different order.

Orangutan in tree photo courtesy of WOW Borneo.