Camp Leakey and Tanjung Puting NP tour, 4 days

“Sleep aboard a traditional wooden river boat and learn about orangutan rehabilitation and research on this three night excursion into the heart of Tanjung Putting National Park”


Kumai | Sekonyer River | Tanjung Puting National Park | 'Crocodile River' | Camp Leakey | Pesalat Reforestation Camp

Description of Camp Leakey and Tanjung Puting NP tour, 4 days

This 3-night tour takes you into the heart of Tanjung Puting National Park and to Camp Leakey, the renowned orangutan rehabilitation and research centre. Along the way you are accompanied by an English speaking guide who will assist you throughout your tour, plus the knowledgeable rangers at Camp Leakey who will guide you through the camp and introduce you to their work and the orangutans.

Tanjung Puting National Park is made up of over 400,00ha of mangrove swamp, rainforest and dense jungle and is home to thousands of species including primates, leopards, lizards and hundreds of species of birds.

Your accommodation is on board a traditional wooden river boat designed to navigate the waters of Indonesia and known as a Klotok for the noise the engine it makes as it moves downriver - ‘klok tok tok tok’. Facilities include a cabin with a mattress and mosquito net and a bathroom with western style toilet (not en suite). The roof of the boat forms the upper deck and is the best place from which to experience the views. These are not luxury yachts, but they are an unforgettable way to experience and explore the jungles and waterways up close.

An on board cook will prepare your breakfast, lunch and dinner leaving you plenty of time to soak in the incredible flora, fauna and jungle sounds as you make your way down the river.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Your guide will meet you in Central Kalimantan and transfer you to the port of Kumai. Here you will board a traditional riverboat called a klotok, which will be your home for the next 3 nights. Set sail along the Sekonyer River into Tanjung Puting National Park, famed for its orangutan conservation. In the afternoon, your guide will take you into the rainforest to search for proboscis monkeys, orangutans and the many other species that live there. (L, D)
Day 2:An early start as you sail to a tributary known locally as 'Crocodile River' - keep your eyes peeled for these aquatic species. After a freshly prepared lunch you will arrive at Camp Leakey, the renowned orang-utan research and rehabilitation centre. Enjoy a look around the centre, meet the rangers and watch the daily afternoon feeding routine. There is an option to take a short trek into the jungle around the camp before returning to the boat for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3:After breakfast you will sail down river to denser jungle to the orang-utan feeding station to arrive in time for their breakfast. Your guide and a ranger will take you through the small jungle tracks to where the orangutans come to feed. Afterwards you will continue upriver to Pesalat Reforestation Camp. This combined Government and NGO sponsored project focuses on the huge task of rehabilitating parts of the national park that have been destroyed over the years by illegal loggers and forest fires. Should you so desire, you can choose your own tree, plant it and also name it. A delicious lunch will be served on the boat and on the return journey there is often a good chance of spotting proboscis monkeys high in the trees above you. (B, L, D)
Day 4:After breakfast it is time to bid goodbye to the jungle and return to the port of Kumai where you will be transferred back to Pangkalan Bun airport in order to catch your flight to your next destination. (B)

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Camp Leakey is an active research facility which is dedicated to protecting and conserving its resident orangutans and the rainforest which has been destroyed by deforestation and palm oil plantations. The tourism activities here are controlled and run by local guides and local communities who understand that it is imperative that the orangutans and their environment are protected. By taking the 4 day Camp Leakey trip, you are helping to protect the work of the Orangutan Sanctuary through your entry fee and by purchasing any souvenirs while you are there.

While visiting the camp you will be given a full briefing about their work and you will be able to see the researchers in the field, however we do ask that you don't interfere with them and that you respect the wild animals in their natural environment to limit unnecessary contact with humans and allow them to continue their rehabilitation process without interruption. Educating the local community and tourists who visit the centre is an important part of the work the camp is undertaking to ensure that these wonderful animals come off the 'highly endangered' list where they currently are.

The Impacts of this Trip

We only work with responsible ground agents, and in Indonesia our Ground Agents live and work in the country. They have fully committed to ‘giving back’ to ensure an improving quality of life for their local communities. They provide local villages with the tools to help improve education along with social services, assistance programs and structural developments, although any building work is carefully considered to minimise its impact on the natural environment.

They also support local charities and focus in particular on the R.O.L.E foundation in Indonesia. R.O.L.E focuses on empowering underprivileged women by giving them the education, skills and job opportunities they need to create a living. They do this through sending them on a subsidised training courses which include learning English, women’s health, IT and hospitality focused kills, or creating small, sustainable businesses which benefit the local communities and the women who run them.


2 Reviews of Camp Leakey and Tanjung Puting NP tour, 4 days

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Too many to mention!
The whole holiday was an amazing experience!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure your on the super deluxe boat. You will want for nothing!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All three.
We shopped in local shops, planted a tree and only used electricity when

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic! Everything was perfect, from start to finish it was an amazing experience. Back less than a week and we are already planning our next Indonesia adventure.

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the jungle in its natural, untapped, wild state - all creatures that we saw, from the crocodile, long-tailed macaque and proboscis monkey, orangutans,
stork-billed kingfisher, greater coucal, the list goes on. Fireflies, silently dancing by the palm vegetation at dusk, through the night, accompanied with the
sunset, lightning on the horizon and the clearest starry sky you can imagine. Just having the chance to sit, and watch the jungle do what it does best. So not one
particular moment, just the experience and humbleness of being in a real, wild jungle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Light long sleeve and trouser waterproof clothes worked well as both mosquito protection and heavy downpours. It was the wet season so these were daily
although there were not that many mosquitoes. Our guide told us that Malaria has not been seen for 10 years in this area though Dengue Fever is quite
common. However, dispite 50% DEET and long sleeves, we were bitten several times, but nearly 2 weeks later, are fine. Leeches are also present in the jungle
so shoes and socks as opposed to flip-flops are recommended. Most activities are animal and human dependant so I'd recommend going with little expectation and just enjoy the jungle, then anything else is a bonus! Anybody on the fence regarding the boat, my wife is generally not good on water but the deluxe boat has air conditioning, ensuite shower and toilet and the water is generally very still so even she would recommend it! Metal water bottles are provided as part of their drive to reduce plastic so don't need to worry about that and the breakfast, lunch and dinner on the boat are amazing!!! Make sure you take some money with you (100,000 rupiah) so you can donate to the plantation.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, absolutely. They have a big drive on reducing plastic and some of our crew were ex-loggers, now in tourism helping preserve the jungle rather than destroy it. The tree planting exercise was amazing to be able to donate money and plant a tree that in 6 - 7 years will produce fruits for orangutangs and still have the potential of being there in 75 years - great conservation!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a truly memorable, impactful experience which rates among the best of my life. I would suggest a couple of points of improvement however: - The itineraries wording perhaps need rewriting regarding Camp Leakey. It reads as if you will meet feeders and see the animals up close during their feeding time at the research centre. This, for us, put expectations in our heads that we would be going to a rehabilitation type centre where we would see the animals up close with their feeders. In reality, Camp Leakey was no different to any of the other feeding stations we had been to other than the small, unpersoned visitor's centre.
- Finally, the itinerary should also state that the plantation is staff dependant. We did not go to the originally planned plantation as the sole staff member that
ran it was out in the jungle foraging for new saplings. Whilst we were fine with this, the itinerary should state that it is a possibility you can go to the plantation
and not read as if it is a definite.

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