Borneo ecolodge accommodation

“Perched on the edge of the Sekonyer River amongst pristine rainforest, this secluded eco-lodge is the perfect base from which to encounter the wild orangutans of Tandjung Putung national park.”

Highlights

Secluded Sekonyer River location (accessible only by boat) | Tandjung Puting National Park close by | Air-conditioned rainforest rooms | Bird walk | Local dishes served daily in restaurant | 90% solar powered electricity | Orangutan viewing | Daily boat trips | Eco tour guides available for birdwatching etc. | Packed picnic lunches on request | All transport organised (at an additional cost)

Description of Borneo ecolodge accommodation

Accessible only by klotok (wooden boat), the world famous Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge is one of the best bases from which to view orangutans and other primates in the nearby Tandjung Puting National Park.

You wonít have to venture far from the lodge to find yourself amongst nature however, as our rooms are surrounded by rainforest so you can hear a chorus of Gibbons, birds and the resident Macaque troop from the comfort of your own room. Our birdwalk which connects rooms with the restaurant and main lodge area, doubles as a fantastic viewing platform from which to spot butterflies, hornbills, rare birds such as Stormís stork and other wildlife. Our resident bird and wildlife guide will be more than willing to help you identify what youíve seen.

Located on the edge of Sekonyer river, travel up and down river for wildlife viewing couldnít be easier. You can visit a number of feeding stations in the Tandjung Putting National park, the most famous of which is Camp Leakey. We also offer night safaris from the lodge where you might catch a glimpse of the glowing mushroom fireflies.

We take our environmental credentials seriously and are now nearly over 90% solar powered with the aim of being completely supplied by this renewable energy soon. This does not impact on your comfort as all 35 rooms are air-conditioned with hot water. Our friendly team will take care of everything for you and help you to organise day trips so you get the most from your time with us.

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Environment

The Lodge was built in 1991 by Professor Biruthe Galdikas (a world expert on the Orangutan) and a Chinese investor with the aim of assisting in the protection of Orangutans and other endangered primate species in The Tandjung Puting National park (eg The Proboscis Monkey).

Our aim has been to upgrade the lodge to a comfortable place where eco tourists can stay and see one of the most diverse areas in the world for primates (there are nine species in the park). As well as this, the area is also excellent for birds and butterflies. The Tandjung Puting national park is the largest area of lowland forest left in Borneo and it is under continuous threat.

The lodge has been developed to make a difference as follows:

- Develop an eco hotel following the principles of GG which should give further employment opportunities to local people in the area
- Develop a surplus cash flow situation whereby over 80% of profits will be returned into environmental protection in The Tandjung Puting National park or development of other ecolodges.
- Commit to protect 100 hectares of forest (currently owned by the Galdikas family) which surrounds the lodge
- Give tourist a unique experience of a forest holiday in Borneo. There is no doubt that this can be achieved as The Orangutan International (contact Ashley Leiman) has been sending groups to this location (through Steppes Discovery) for many years.

Community

The lodge employs all of our staff from the local village or the town of Kumai, also we buy all of our food locally and use many of the locally owned boats in our tours. WE also support a tree planting program to assist to recover some of the land burnt by fires in 2015. Lastly we have our own fire response team based at the lodge.

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