Selasa, 20 Agustus 2013

Dayak Village and Klotok Tour


Orangutan Voyage and Klotok Tour

Highlight  : River cruise, Wildlife spotting, Orangutan Feeding attraction,   Jungle trekking, Turtle releasing, Firelies
Duration    : 8 Days, 7 Nights
Start/End  : Pangkalan bun/ Airport
Day 1: Kumai, Tanjung Harapan
Morning pick-up from airport or Hotel to the boat

·         Greeted at Pangkalan Bun Airport by our friendly Guide with your name plaque card
·         Transfer from Airport directly to the boat, where you are welcomed by the full boat crew
·         Snacks and tea on arrival on the klotok
·         River cruise to Tanjung Puting National Park
·         enjoying the river cruise, spot the wildlife, including: Proboscis monkey, Long tail monkey, wild Orangutan, and much more
·         Have lunch on the boat while cruising the river to the first station at Tanjung Harapan
·         Orangutan feeding at 3pm
·         Return to the boat, where you will be able to spot proboscis monkey and macacque and various bird species
·         Enjoy a candlelight dinner, while listening to the sonata of nocturnal animals, birds and insect
·         Lie on the deck, to gaze at the stars and the clear night time sky
·         Overnight on the boat, under a mosquito net, covered by the boat deck, but with all the advantages of the outdoors
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Day 2: Camp Leakey, Pondok Ambung

·         Breakfast on the boat, on route to next activity

·         Go to Camp Leakey for a trek- looking for wild orang-utan ,
·         Also discover the bountiful plant life, butterflies and insect species that exist in the rainforest
·         Back on the boat for lunch
·         View afternoon feeding of the orangutans on the outskirts of Camp Leakey
·         Spot crocodile while river cruising and having your afternoon delight
·         Brave a night trek through the jungles of Borneo, searching for glowing mushroom, nocturnal moths, deer, and tarsier- small nocturnal primate, unique to the region.Overnight on the boat, relaxing on the boat and in the wild

Day 3: Pondok Tanggei, Pasalat, local village, Tanjung Harapan

·         Breakfast on the boat
·         Travel downstream to early morning orang-utan feeding at Pondok Tanggui (station 2)
·         Lunch on boat           
·         Visit the reforestation site at Pasalat and plant trees to help and learn about the conservation plan for the rainforest.
·         Make memories and help make a lasting impact on the restoration of the rainforest
·         Learn about the medicinal properties of the various plants of the rainforest
·         Visit the local village and spend time with the locals, view hand-made souvenirs
·         Return to Tanjung Harapan for orangutan feeding
·         Back to the klotok for afternoon tea and fried banana
·         Travel downstream river to spot fire flies and other magical things that exist in the rainforests
·         Candle lights dinner  on the Klotok
·         Overnight on the Klotok, enjoying the tranquillity of the forest at night

Day 4: Tanjung Kluang –turtle research centre

·         Breakfast on the boat
·         Cruising Kumai bay to reach Tanjung Keluang
·         Learn about the turtle, breeding site, guests can release the turtle into the sea(donations are given to the research centre)
·         Lunch back on board the klotok
·         Relax on the white sand beach and swim at your leisure
·         View the picturesque sunset
·         Intimate Dinner on deck
·         Go explore the nightlife in the forest on a Night trek
·         Overnight on the klotok


Day 5: Buluh River

·         Another  breakfast will be served on the Klotok
·         Await good timing for  continuing the trip to Buluh river
·         Sail through Kumai bay during high tides and good weather condition
·         Enjoy a delicious lunch on the Klotok
·         Witness beautiful forest vegetation and the black water of  Buluh river
·         Shower or leisure with a view of amazing Rainforest
·         Dinner on the Klotok
·         Relax on the upper deck of  Klotok to view  the Star and Milky way at clearly night’s time sky
·         Overnight on the Klotok under mosquito net  and comfortable mattres


Day 6 : Buluh River (Full Day)

·         Awake early mornin, listen to the sounds of jungle
·         Breakfast on the Klotok
·         Travel upstream by speed boad to explore Buluh river
·         Search for crocodile, wild orangutans, fruit bat and other wildlife of Borneo
·         Return to the Klotok
·         Cruising river downstream
·         Delicious lunch on the Klotok
·         Shower and Leisure
·         Enjoy the twilight of the rainforest
·         your snack and softdrink
·         Candle lights dinner
·         Overnight on the Klotok under mosquito nets and comfortable mattres


Day 7 : Kubu Beach, Pangkalan Bun

·         Breakfast on the Klotok
·         Await for good timing to cruised  Kumai bay to Kubu beach
·         Sail through Kumai bay during high tide and good weather condition
·         Transfer to Pangkalan bun for  a night’s accomodation
·         Have another lunch at one of restaurants at town
·         Return to the hotel
·         Free time
·         Delicious dinner will be served on the restaurant
·         Overnight at the hotel

Day 8: Hotel, Airport

·         Breakfast at the Hotel
·         Transfer to the Airport for your next destination
·         Farewell

Our program isn’t written on the stone.You could discuss to your guide for any change in it  but without change in price.
Note :
First day itinerary depends on the arrival time at Pangkalan Bun Airport –    morning arrival will be able to view orang-utan feeding on day one.
Early departure on final day can be arranged in order to make a flight out of Pangkalan Bun on the last day of the trip.

All Packages Include :

1.    Boat rental and full crew
2.    Mineral water is provided
3.    All meals whilst on boat, including breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner arrangements can be made for vegetarians
4.    Tea, coffee
5.    from airport
6.    Hotel
7.    Speedboad and condense milk always available for your enjoyment
8.    Park entrance, camera tax, boat parking fees and all site donations to the park are included in the above quoted prices
9.    Car to transfer from and to Airport and Hotel

All Packages Excluded:
1.    Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
2.    Personal expenses
3.    Airport Airfares
4.    taxes and extra baggage fees
5.    Travel insurance


Kamis, 08 Agustus 2013

Tour Packages


Orangutan Voyage and Dayak Village Adventure
6 Nights, 7 Days
Day 1: Kumai, Tanjung Harapan

Morning pick-up from airport or Hotel to the boat
Greeted at Pangkalan Bun Airport by our friendly Guide with your name plaque card
Transfer from Airport directly to the klotok, where you are welcomed by the full boat crew
Snacks and tea on arrival on the boat
River cruise to Tanjung Puting National Park
Whilst enjoying the river cruise, spot the wildlife, including: Proboscis monkey, Long tail monkey, wild Orangutan, and much more
A Delicious Indonesian lunch served on the boat
Witness the feeding of the Orangutans at one of the feeding plaforms in the National Park
Return to the klotok to travel upstream and spotting wildlife
Enjoy a candlelight dinner, while listening to the symphony of nocturnal animals, birds and insects
Lie on the deck, to gaze at the stars and the clear night time sky
Go to sleep  under the enclosed deck of the boat, on comfortable mattresses under mosquito nets

Day 2:
Camp Leakey, Pondok Ambung

Wake up to the sounds of the Borneo jungle
A delicious brekfast would be served on boat.
Sightseing around at camp leakey to observed orangutans
Lunch on the klotok with natural view
View the afternoon feeding of the orangutans on the outskirts of Camp Leakey
See if you can spot crocodiles while river cruising
Brave a night trek through the jungles of Borneo at Pondok Ambung, searching for wild glowing mushroom, tarantulas, nocturnal moths, deer, and tarsier- small nocturnal primate, unique to the region.
Overnight on the boat, amongst the sounds and sights of the rainforests

Day 3
Pondok Tanggui, Pesalat, Local Village, Kumai     

Cruise downstream to second station to witness an early morning orangutan feeding
Return to the boat
Enjoy your softdrinks while cruising the river and spotting the wildlife
Another enjoyable lunch will be served on the klotok
Visit the reforestation project at Pesalat to learn about various of medicinal plants and planting trees
Return to the Klotok
Visit the local village and spend time with the locals, view hand-made souvenirs

Day 4
Pangkalan Bun, Kudangan (Dayak Village)

Western breakfast at hotel
Travel to dayak village  for five hours by car
View the Palm oil plantation and highland forest along the way   
Lunch at one of small cafe in dayak village
Meet and greet with locals and sightseeing around the village
Visiting the traditional longhouse
Following the traditional ceremony at Longhouse
Overnight at Longhouse

Day 5
Dayak Village Full day

Breakfast will be served at traditional longhouse
Jungle trekking to explore the highland forest
Visiting the waterfall and take a bath
Return to longhouse and take a leisure
Another enjoyable dinner will served on longhouse
Overnight at longhouse

Day 6
Kudangan, Pangkalan Bun

Travel to Pangkalan Bun after breakfast
Check in at the Hotel
Leisure, shower and free time
Lunch at one of restaurants at Pangkalan Bun
Visiting the Sultanic Palace and learn about history of Sultanic kingdom in the past
Sightseeing around Arut river and witness daily local community activities
Return to the Hotel
Dinner at the restaurant in Pangkalan Bun
Return to the Hotel
Overnight at the Hotel

Day 7
Hotel, Airport
Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer to the Airport for your next destination


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All Packages Include :

Boat rental and full crew
Mineral water is provided
All meals whilst on boat, including breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner arrangements can be made for vegetarians
Tea, coffee and condense milk always available for your enjoyment
Park entrance, camera tax, boat parking fees and all site donations to the park are included in the above quoted prices
Car transfer to and from Dayak Village/ Airport/Hotel
Accomodation at Dayak Village and Pangkalan Bun

All Packages Excluded:

Airfares
Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
Travel insurance
Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
Personal expenses

Minggu, 28 Juli 2013

Fruits Season



On 12th-14th september 2012, i had a tour (guided my clients). They came from england. There's something very impressive on the trip of these young couple, that's where we saw the fruit bats fly in groups in the Tanjung Puting National Park. They number were  a hundreds. I wondered to myself, "why today there were a lot of bats, while 1 week ago there's 3 -5 of them seen ?" . I was curious and continued to watched them flying beautifully. Flapping wings was not too many, maneuvers and then  stopped at a tree finally.

My observations focused on one of those who stop at one tree and relies on the tree branches, I saw a bat ate fruits on the tree and some other bats came in and rely on the same limb.the tree was so close to the klotok we were docked for the night on the banks of the Sekonyer River. when it's getting darked, we are relaxed and read book while waiting for dinner.
Typical Indonesian food and serve in neatly had been made our customers trip very memorable. Hospitality private chef and boat crew are also pamper our customers.

On the next afternoon, we watched another fruit bat. They were more by this time. And more interesting we saw a female orangutan and her infant was still cling with her mother. The infant seen complaining, upset and crying because he wanted to picked the fruits but was prevented by her mother.

On the left side of our klotok, audible noise due to the switched a group of Proboscis Monkey trees, some of them are sat on a tree limb and ate the fruits.A little bit fight because fruit scramble. Big nose and a cute face had been made our customers smiled to herself.

Jumat, 07 Juni 2013

13 Wild Orangutan In The Wild


                                                                  13 Orangutans In The Wild

                       Klotok Tour, 4 days and 3 nights ,10-13 March 2013 with Orangutan Voyage.

Day 1

After collecting our guests from Iskandar Airport in Pangkalan Bun we drove to Notch a 25 minute car ride where we
were welcomed by the crew of the Klotok (the boat) that was going to be our home for the next 4 days.  The weather had turned for the worse with strong winds and heavy rain making steering the Klotok against the river current a challenging job for the Captain.

Whilst taking in the scenery on both sides of the Sekonyer River our guests were served a delicious lunch followed by fresh fruit and plenty of cold drinks.  This was our guests first trip on a Klotok and their first visit to Tanjung Puting National Park but they were already adapting to life on board.

The rain ceased and the sky gradually brightened to reveal the
sun and after just over 1 hourwe reached one of the existing Orangutan rehabilitation centresin the National Park, here we were lucky enough to see groups of long-tailed macaques grooming each other and mother’s breast- feeding their babies.A pair of black hornbills flew over the Klotok which according to the local Dayak community is a symbol of good luck.

Another 2 hours on and we arrived at the feeding station of Tanjung Harepan, bananas and milk (milk powder mixed with water) are placed onto the platform by one of the staff members and every now and again he would shout to the Orangutans to come down.  Hearing sounds above in the trees is a clear sign that the Orangutans are on their way.  An adult female with an infant just over 2 years old were the first to arrive followed a few minutes later by the others, 1 adult female with baby, 1 adult male, 2 adolescent females and 3 adult females all with infants.  They all enjoyed tucking into the bananas and milk and some put as many bananas as possible into their mouths and moved to a safer area to enjoy in peace.

It was starting to get dark although still only 4-30pm mainly because we were under the forest roof, so we returned to the Klotok to resume our journey.  From a distance we saw several groups of Proboscis monkeys or Dutch ape on the branches over hanging the river. Some were still moving from tree to tree but others were sitting back watching a chase that had developed.  The Proboscis is one of 9 species of primate that exists only in Tanjung Putting National Park (endemic).  As it was now dark we stopped at the side of the river and tethered the Klotok to a tree. The Klotok crew prepared the beds and mosquito nets while the guests listened to the sounds of the nocturnal animals while enjoying dinner by candlelight.  After dinner everyone went to bed early tired from the first day’s activities.



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Day 2

After
an enjoyable breakfast, we proceeded down the river to visit the Orangutan rehabilitation camp whilst observing other wildlife that exist on both sides of the river and rain forest vegetation in Tanjung Puting National Park. After approximately 1 and half hours we arrived at Tanggui cottage and visited the camp to watch the Orangutans feeding for 9:00 am. Sounds officer Tarzan calls the rehabilitated Orangutans to come down from the trees, his call resonates all around the forest and this he does over and over again.  After about 15 minutes an adult female and her baby start to make their way down, slowly moving from tree to tree the mother and baby are a great photo opportunity for our visitors.  After an hour we headed back to the Klotok and proceeded back to Camp Leakey which is located in the headwaters.  Meanwhile snacks and soft drinks are served on board and our visitors can enjoy the vegetation on both sides of the river.
The Captain slowed the Klotok down and stopped by the side of the river as Orangutans were spotted in the grey tree about 25 metres up on the right side of the Sekonyer River.  The wild Orangutan looked a little scared and he hid behind the trees watching us, every now and again he would make a noise like the sound of a kiss (kiss quick) and he snapped the twigs in anger because we were there.  A few minutes after another wild Orangutan was spotted grabbing a tree branch to eat the fruit.  These were the first wild Orangutans that our guests had seen and another good opportunity to take photographs, soon the wild Orangutans had disappeared into the forest to get away from the noise of the Klotok and the human visitors, and we continued our journey to camp Leakey.
Reaching the river crossing the waters change colour from a murky brown to black.  The river water on the right of the intersection shows the contamination by illegal mining (murky brown), the river water on the left of the intersection where the rehabilitation camp is and where the famous Camp Leakey is situated is tea-coloured because it is a peat swamp forest that contains a high acid content which indicates that the river is not contaminated.  This part of the river is narrower and the Klotok Captain had to be extra careful because there are a lot of fallen trees on the river bed and he did not want to catch the bottom of the Klotok on the trees.  On this part of the river we saw a variety of birds and animals including a Stork- billed Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Black and Red Broadbill,  Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black Hornbill, Rhinoceros Hornbill,  Pied Fan-tail, Fresh water Crocodile Long-tailed Macaque, and three heads of wild Orangutans who were looking in the direction of Camp Leakey.
On our arrival into Camp Leakey we enjoyed lunch and a rest before going to the feeding platform at 2.00 pm which is almost 2 miles away on foot.
Leaving the Camp behind us we started on our walk to the feeding platform along a 200 metre long and 1 metre wide walkway.  The bridge is made from Ironwood which is very hard and sturdy and endemic to the island of Borneo.  The walkway was constructed in 2003/2004 by foreign volunteers funded by the Orangutan Foundation International where volunteers pay to stay for 1-2 months to work on different projects in and around Tanjung Putting National Park a great way to spend part of a Gap Year.
On arrival at the feeding station the visitors were very excited to see many Orangutans hanging from the trees some were running along the ground to get to the platform as fast as possible so they could tuck into the milk and fruits.  There was a tense moment when an adult male approached the platform some of the Orangutans ran off but a couple stayed on the platform.  This large male was Tom the dominant male at the camp; he weighs approximately 120kg (264lb or nearly 19 stone).  His mother was called Tut one of Camp Leakey’s rehabilitated Orangutans. The staffwere still placing food onto the platform but our guests had taken many photographs and so we made our way back to the Klotok where we continued on our journey to Camp Pondok Ambung and on arrival we had an Indonesian dinner again by candlelight.  Afterwards we went to explore the forest at night accompanied by camp staff and field officers from the Tanjung Puting National Park Authority.  The birds were all asleep and the camp staff made sounds similar to that of the nocturnal animals of the forest.  We walked for almost an hour looking at the mushrooms that glowed in the dark, tarantulas, deer and porcupines.  The trekking paths that we used were also used for research purposes.  On our return to the Klotok the crew had prepared the guests beds and mosquito nets and this gave our guests an opportunity to check the images they had taken on their cameras. Two hours later it was dark and therefore time for sleep.

Day 3

We were woken by the melodious sounds of the gibbons calling to each other in the forest, also the sounds of different bird species in the trees.  The air was very fresh and the various species of plants and trees gave of a distinctive smell making Tanjung Puting a very beautiful place to be in the early morning.  Breakfast served on board as we made our way down river to Pesalat a 2 hour trip as the Klotok slowly navigates the river it is another opportunity to take in the sights and sounds along the river bank.  Arriving at Pesalat which is a reforestation site we walked along a 900 metre walkway (bridge) that connects the swamp forest and the lowland forest where you can seevarious species of ferns in the swamp forest and other plant species.
Arriving at the site we were greeted by a member of the field staff, a friend of the National Park Foundation.  He informed us of the names of the many tree species that had been planted in the nursery and our guests helped plant seeds in a specially prepared area of Pesalat.  This was a great experience for our guests as they could participate in the preservation of the rain forest at ground level and not just to enjoy the beauty, nature and wildlife alone.  After lunch we visited the Sekonyer village which is around the edge of Tanjung Puting National Park, the villagers sell crafts including Orangutan sculptures, bracelets, rings and scarfs made from plants and t-shirts with various motifs including the Orangutan.  The shop assistants are always very pleased when visitors buy their gifts as it helps their village.

Back on the Klotok continuing the journey down river taking in the wildlife at the forest edge and after another delicious dinner our guests sit back and relax on their last night, a spectacular show of thousands of twinkling fireflies a wonderful sight to see before going to sleep.

Day 4

Last morning we were up early to enjoy a relaxing breakfast and coffee and to soak up the atmosphere whilst proceeding to Kumai where our guests are escorted to the airport to continue either to other destinations or home.