Borneo Adventure

Discover the natural beauty of Borneo on this scenic 6-day tour. Sail down the Mahakan River on a majestic house boat, wander through rustic villages in Mancong and get up close with orang utans in Samboja. Finish with a scenic trek and high canopy walk through the incredible Bangkirai Forest Reserve.

Destinations included:
Mahakam River – Mancong – Melak – Benung Village

We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Taking an unforgettable houseboat voyage through remote stretches of jungle on Kalimantan's largest river
  • Experiencing local culture with visits to tribal long house villages of the Dayak people
  • Trekking through pristine rainforests to a spectacular black orchid forest
  • Getting up-close and personal with endangered orangutans and proboscis monkeys
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax
TOUR MAP
ITINERARY BY DAY

DAY 1: MAHAKAM RIVER
Arrive at Sepinggan airport and meet with our airport welcome driver for your transfer to Loa Janan, 2.5 hours away. From here, climb aboard a houseboat and begin a spectacular voyage down the Mahakam River, the largest river in East Kalimantan province.

Spend the afternoon lazing on the decks while you drift past magnificent forests and sleepy villages. In the evening, enjoy dinner on the boat before spending the night on-board.

DAY 2: MUARA MUNTAI - MANCONG – MELAK
After breakfast, stop at Muara Muntai to get a glimpse of local life in a typical wooden village. Then, embark on a scenic trip across Jempang Lake by motorized canoe, passing the majestic Ohong Creek and enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding nature reserve.

Arriving in Mancong, enjoy a traditional welcome ceremony performed by Indonesia’s Dayak Banuaq tribe in front of a community long house. Take a stroll around the longhouse and chat with locals before heading back to the houseboat for a cruise up to the region of Melak. Spend the night floating under the stars in the Mahakam River.

DAY 3: BENUNG - KERSIK LUWAY
Enjoy breakfast on-board before embarking on a full-day excursion, stopping at an old communal longhouse in Benung Village. Afterwards, take the option to indulge in some light jungle trekking before returning to Kersik Luway Reserve to marvel at its magnificent black orchid forests.

Head back to the boat and set off downstream. Enjoy dinner on-board before spending your last night on the boat. 

DAY 4: TENGGARONG – LOA JANAN – SAMBOJA LODGE
In the morning, make your way to a local wet market in Tenggarong and browse the stalls filled with fresh produce. Test your bargaining skills haggling for souvenirs before making a brief stop at the royal cemetery. Then, wander through the exhibits of the Kutai Kartanegara Museum, part of the Sultan’s Palace, before returning to the boat for an afternoon lunch while you drift downstream towards Loa Janan.

In the afternoon, head to Samboja Lodge, located near an orang utan rehabilitation center. Spend the afternoon observing these amazing primates and sun bears frolicking and meandering in the sun before checking into your room at the lodge. Enjoy dinner at the lodge before spending the night.

DAY 5: BANGKIRAI HILL RESERVE – SUNGAI HITAM RIVER
In the morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the lodge before heading feeding time with the facility’s native orang utans.

Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the lodge before making your way to the Bangkirai Hills for an exciting canopy bridge walk through this dense and elevated forest.

Then, head to Black River to get up close with the rare proboscis monkey before going back to the Lodge. Spend your last night in the lodge, listening to the soothing sounds of the Borneo jungle.

DAY 6: BANGKIRAI HILL RESERVE
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge and enjoy some leisure time before heading to Balikpapan for your transfer to the airport.

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