• Orangutan, Russ MacLaughlin

Itinerary Summary

13 Days
May - Nov
Borneo & Indonesia
Duration Price When Destination Type
13 Days £9000 May - Nov Borneo & Indonesia Tailor-Made
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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 makes this trip extraordinary

  • 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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An immersive water-based safari exploring the islands of Indonesia

from $10,530 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Jakarta

Today you will 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.

Day 2

Jakarta - Kalimantan

This morning you will be transferred 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. You will sail for approximately two hours 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.

Day 3

Camp Leakey

An early start this morning as you 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 will also have the option to head out on a short trek into the surrounding jungle before heading back to your Klotok.

Day 4

Pondok Tanggui Trekking

Following breakfast on board, you will sail downriver to Pondok Tanggui, the site of another Camp Leakey post. On arrival, head to the feeding station to observe more of the endangered 'kings of the jungle'. In the afternoon, you will embark on a four hour trek into dense primary rainforest to your campsite, where you will be spending the night. Along the way you may encounter wildlife such as orangutans, gibbons, wild pigs and deer; this is 'real' rainforest and definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Day 5

Pondok Tanggui - Peselat

Wake up to the sounds of the forest and breakfast around the campfire, before hiking back to your riverboat. Cruise further downriver to Pesalat Reforestation Camp, where you will be able to participate in a tree-planting project, helping to grow the forest for future generations. The remainder of the day is yours to relax, before enjoying your final evening meal on board.

Day 6

Kalimantan - Bali

After breakfast this morning, you will return to the port at Kumai and transferred to Pangkalan Bun Airport for your flight to the island of Bali. Upon arrival in the capital of Denpasar, you will be met and taken to your hotel in Jimbaran Bay, where the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 7


Today is yours to spend as you wish; 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.

Day 8

Bali - Labuan Bajo - Sabolon & Sebayor

This morning you will be transferred back to Denpasar Airport for your flight 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.

Day 9

Sebayor - Tatawa

Early this morning, you will 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.

Day 10

Tatawa - Batu Bolong - Komodo Island

Continuing south today, you should reach the Komodo Islands by the afternoon. You will make a stop at the Pink Beach, where you can enjoy the views and have a number of hiking options, before travelling onward to Komodo Island.

Day 11

Komodo Island

After breakfast on board your yacht, you will sail into Komodo harbour where you will disembark for a 2km walk to Banunggulung, to witness the incredible Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world, growing up to three metres in length and weighing up to 65kg. 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.

Day 12

Komodo Island - Labuan Bajo - Bali

Today you will cruise back towards Labuan Bajo, leaving the Komodo Islands behind. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the airport for your return flight to Denpasar, where you will return to your beach hotel for some relaxation.

Day 13

Depart Bali

Enjoy your final morning in Indonesia before returning to Denpasar Airport for your international flight home.



This is a tailor-made safari that can be amended to meet your specific requirements including your preferred number of days, preferred dates of travel, standard of lodges and budget. 

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