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Explore offbeat Indonesia on this 7-day tour. Cruise past orangutan release islands, walk through remote villages, learn about the lives of the local tribes and finally, stay in a traditional longhouse while enjoying your local host’s hospitality.
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  • Cruise in a traditional riverboat - Rahai’i Pangun
  • See orangutans in natural habitat
  • Explore Kanarakan village
  • Explore Bukit Rawi town
  • Stay in a traditional longhouse
  • Interaction with local tribes
Day 1 - Palangkaraya

Embark on your Indonesian adventure. Arrive at Palangkaraya Airport and transfer to the Rahai’i Pangun Cruise in Palangkaraya harbor to start your journey in Indonesia. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue upriver along the jungle-lined river, passing villages and orangutan islands in Indonesia.

In the early evening, take a canoe ride through shimmering black water lakes. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, hornbills, red langurs, and Brahmini kites. Return to the Rahai’i Pangun for a quiet dinner in the midst of the jungle.

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Rahai’i Pangun
Day 2 - Kanarakan

The Rahai’i Pangun moves up the Rungan River, passing the orangutan release island of Pulau Kaja, to Kanarakan village. Walk through the village with a local host to see how people live and work in these isolated communities. The indigenous people of Kalimantan are known collectively as the Dayak. The three major Dayak tribes in Central Kalimantan are the Ngaju, Ot Danum, and Ma’anayn. The village of Kanarakan is made up of the Ngaju tribe.

Take a canoe ride through lakes and return to the cruise vehicle anchored near the village for dinner.

Peat swamp forest dominates the southern lowlands here and intersects with many rivers. The peatlands are home to the largest remaining populations of the endangered orangutan.

Orangutans are the only great apes in Asia and only reside on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. There are two species of orangutan: Sumatran orangutan ‘Pongo abelii’ and the Bornean orangutan ‘Pongo pygmaeus’.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Rahai’i Pangun
Day 3 - Pallas Island

The boat makes its way down stream, again passing the orangutan island and cruising to Pallas Island.

Optional tour (cost not included in tour price):

Transfer by canoe to the BOS Orangutan Foundation’s Education Centre in Nyaru Menteng. Accompanied by experienced technicians, observe baby orangutans behind glass in the socialization cages and watch a film of BOS projects in Central Kalimantan. The additional cost of the tour is given as a donation to the BOS Orangutan Foundation.

Transfer by canoe to Tumbang Tahai, and later to Tangkiling Hill to see the village ‘patahu’ at the sacred Batu Banama rock. Climb the hill for a view of the vast, flat flood plains and see the sunset.

Return to the boat for dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Rahai’i Pangun
Day 4 - Bukit Rawi

Relax and enjoy the trip to Bukit Rawi today. Walk through this historic town and learn about the Dayak ancestral bone houses and the Tiwah funeral ceremony.

Have dinner on board, and later enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Rahai’i Pangun
Day 5 - Tumbang Manggu

Transfer from the Rahai’i Pangun and enjoy lunch at the riverside restaurant, Kampung Lauk, serving traditional food and grilled fish specialties.

Travel to Tumbang Manggu by private charter car (approx 5 hours). Settle into your simple room and rest. Enjoy some coffee & tea in the evening.

Join the longhouse family for dinner and later listen to the story of the longhouse as told by the elder.

The Dayaks, once feared as Borneo’s famous headhunters, traditionally lived together in Communal Longhouses. These longhouses are built on large iron wood stilts at least the full height of a man and his spear. This was done to offer protection from hostile tribes and animals.

In 1894, a peace meeting was held in Tumbang Anoi Longhouse, upstream on the Kahayan River in Central Kalimantan. At this meeting over thirty Dayak leaders agreed to stop hostilities and headhunting. Today they are a peaceful people and make their living from fishing, hunting and agriculture.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Longhouse
Day 6 - Tumbang Manggu

Star early in the morning after breakfast. Transfer by canoe, joining the people who work on their ladang taking latex from rubber trees or collect jungle products, and go on a jungle trek. Have a picnic lunch and enjoy an evening stroll to the nearby ‘sandungs’ or bone houses, outstandingly carved and painted, and learn about the Dayak death rituals.

Enjoy dance and musical entertainment at night after dinner in the longhouse.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Longhouse

Enjoy dance and musical entertainment at night after dinner in the longhouse.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Longhouse
Day 7 - Palangkaraya

Your 7-day long Indonesia Wildlife Tour comes to an end today. After breakfast transfer to Palangkaraya by car and onwards to your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast

About the vessel:

The Rahai'i Pangun is a 20 x 6 meter traditional Kalimantan riverboat converted into a cruise vehicle. A French marine architect designed the boat and a British boat builder oversaw building work. The Rahai'i Pangun has five double cabins and two large viewing decks.

What's Included

  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation with an English speaking driver/guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Taxes

What's Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Visas and Insurance
  • Optional activities (if any)
  • Souvenirs
  • All items of personal nature
  • Any increase in taxes, fuel cost and emergency rescue costs
Moderate - Requires a spirit of adventure and some degree of fitness, as the trip might consist of many activities or long journeys. These adventures involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting, sea kayaking, or driving for long hours, at times for up to six to eight hours a day at a steady pace. The maximum altitude is 3000m, so it requires you to be reasonably physically fit. The trips are usually 6 to 12 days in duration.

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Basic - Designed for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, are in good health, and want an interesting yet relaxing wildlife experience. These trips may involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking at a very slow pace. Certain trips involve safari drives for a maximum of five hours a day. Most of these trips are usually a week long in duration.

The ‘Classic Yala Tour’, ‘Kenya Luxury’ and ‘Luxury in Botswana’ itineraries are the best examples of this activity level as you’ll have a relaxed holiday. These trips are mostly about culture and sightseeing. There will be exploring on foot and safaris drives involved as well. Most travellers will find themselves comfortable with the basic activity level trips.
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