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Indonesia & Borneo

13 DAYS FROM 9000 PP

Best time to go
May - Nov

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Orangutans & Dragons of Indonesia Safari

Cruise the jungle-clad waterways of Kalimantan in search of orangutans before heading to the idyllic beaches of Bali and the Komodo Islands, home of the infamous Komodo dragons, staying aboard a traditional riverboat and the luxurious Mantra yacht.

This adventurous safari through the islands of Indonesia takes you from the rainforests of Kalimantan, home to the endangered Bornean orangutan, to the white-sand beaches of Bali and the dragons of Komodo National Park. Staying on a traditional riverboat, you will cruise through the waterways of Kalimantan and visit the orangutan rehabilitation centre at Camp Leakey, before camping out in the primary rainforest. From here you will fly south to the paradise island of Bali, staying on the white-sand beaches of Jimbaran Bay, before embarking on your private charter yacht, the Mantra, to explore the coral reefs and atolls of East Nusa Tenggara. Finally, you will visit the rugged island of Komodo, home to the largest lizard in the world - the Komodo dragon.

What to expect

Fly into Soekamo-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta, where you will be met and transferred the short journey to your hotel. Here you will have time to relax following your flight, or explore the bustling capital city.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kalimantan. Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun Airport you will be met by your local guide and driven to the nearby port of Kumai, where you will board a traditional riverboat, known as a Klotok. Sail along the Sekonyer River to Tanjung Puting National Park, comprising over 400,000 hectares of mangrove swamp and dense rainforest, where you will spend the afternoon searching for the park's resident orangutans and proboscis monkeys, as well as the other primates and numerous birds, lizards and mammals that call these jungles home.

Head upstream to the Sekonyer River, and travel along the aptly named Crocodile River to Camp Leakey, enjoying a picnic lunch en route. Established in 1971m Camp Leakey is a renowned orangutan research and rehabilitation centre located in the heart of Tanjung Puting National Park. Spend some time looking around the centre and meeting some of the local rangers, as well as watching the afternoon feeding of the orangutans. You may encounter wildlife such as orangutans, gibbons, wild pigs and deer.

Head to Bali and explore the popular white-sand beaches of Jimbaran Bay, try the local seafood at one of the many warungs (food stalls), or simply relax at your idyllic beach hotel.

Fly to Labuan Bajo, where you will board the Mantra, a traditional Indonesian sailboat and your home for the next four nights. Departing from Labuan Bajo, you will head north to the nearby islands of Sabolon & Sebayor where you will have the opportunity to snorkel in the coral reefs around the islands.

Cruise to Tatawa Island where you can enjoy a trek to the top of the hill, for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Continue sailing on towards the Komodo Islands, looking out for dolphins, manta rays and even rare passing whales as you travel.

Sail into Komodo harbour where you will disembark for a 2km walk to Banunggulung, to witness the incredible Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. The island is also home to other wildlife including deer, wild boar and numerous bird species such as the sulphur-crested cockatoo and collared kingfisher. After spending some time with the dragons, you will return to the boat and cruise to Taka Kawawa Island. Here you will have more opportunities for swimming and snorkelling in the clear blue waters, to see manta rays and other marine wildlife.

Why book this trip?

  • Observe orangutan and camp out in the dense jungles of Kalimantan.
  • Hike through Komodo National Park and encounter the formidable Komodo dragons.
  • Experience snorkelling and diving around the islands of East Nusa Tenggara.
  • Relax on your beautiful private charter yacht.
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Accommodation highlights

The Mantra - Take a journey back in time to the days when phinisi spice trading ships plied the waters of the Indonesian archipelago aboard Mantra, a 30-metre sailing vessel built on the island of Sulawesi using traditional Indonesian boat building techniques.