Day 1 : Arrival to Banjarmasin – transfer to Mercure Hotel / Galaxi Golden Tulip
After pick-up by your personal English speaking guide at the airport in Banjarmasin transfer to hotel Mercure Hotel or Galaxi Golden Tulip, free at own leisure ( no meals)
Day 2 : Floating market in Lokbaintan – Cempaka village / diamond mine – Martapura / gem grindery – Cahaya Bumi Selamat / shopping complex – Loksado – visit to Malaris Dayak Tribe – amandit River Lodge / Meratus resort Loksado
Early in the morning you will be piced up from hotel then start for a voyage on Martapura river in a traditional motor boat „klotok“. to the floating market in Lokbaintan. Selling and shopping on the river is a purely women’s work and women protect themselves from sunshine by large hats called „tangguis“. Here you can take amazing photographs. Along the river you can observe native people during their daily activities. Return to Hotel for having breakfast, The journey continues next approx. 40 km southeast from Banjarmasin to Cempaka village, where diamonds and gems have been found for centuries. Visit to one of these traditional mines. In Martapura, famous in all South-East Asia for its diamond, gems and gold market, visit of a gem grindery. In Martapura, visit to shopping complex Cahaya Bumi Selamat, possibility to buy some gems. Then your trip continues next 125 km (approx. 3 hours) north-east to province of Hulu Sungai Selatan. Stop in Kandangan, province central town for lunch. Around 16.30 you should reach to small mountain town Loksado, located in the Meratus mountain region. In Loksado approx. 20 minutes trekking to Dayak Malaris tribe, passing by traditional hanging bridges. Here you will visit a traditional “long house”. Around 18.30 check-in in amandit river lodge in tanuhi village or at MERATUS RESORT in LOKSADO. Dinner at the hotel. (breakfast, lunch, dinner included)
Day 3 : Malaris Longhouse – Loksado village – bamboo rafting – Lodge ( b/l/d)
After breakfast in Meratus resort, by short walking 30 minutes to reach MALARIS long house through hanging bridge, you will see kind of plantation such cinnamon trees, gummi trees, kind of bananas, and other typical medicine plantation of the dayak people.Arrive at Malaris you will visit tha grand longbouse we called it “BALAI MALARIS”, this long house still use for grand harvest party and other ritual ceremony to cure the illness, some of the people still believe for medicineman. After visit longhouse proceed to Loksado village to see the activities of local people and try to make a communication. Return to lodge for having lunch, after lunch you will start for a sensational voyage on Amandit River on a traditional bamboo float! This is one of the highlights of this roundtrip! Bamboo floats were traditionally built by Dayak tribes for travelling to the market in the province town in order to sell their goods and then they disassembled their floats and sold also the bamboo and walked back to their village – a several days walk through the jungle. Your float will be made especially for you and for this occasion. The voyage takes around 2 hours, is absolutely safe and opens spectacular views in the tropical nature. These floats are called “lanting” and are operated by experienced local pilots. Afternoon return to lodge for accommodation, dinner at lodge.
Day 4 : Loksado – Pulang Pisau – Palangkaraya – Hotel ( b,l,d )
After breakfast in hotel transfer out drive to Palangkaraya around 7 hours, before arrive in palangkaraya you will visit Pulang Pisau village, visit the old church was built by german missionary in 1876. Then visit Pilang village to visit one of conservation of orang-utan, by traditional boat you can reach that area around 1 hours from Pilang village. You just see the orang-utan from the boat. Then return to Pilang then drive to Palangkaraya. Afternoon check in to Aquarius hotel.
Day 5 : Hotel – Airport – pangkalanbun – Kumai – Tanjung Puting Reservge – Rimba Ecolodge ( b,l,d )
After early breakfast check-out from the hotel,then transfer to the airport for get the flight to Pangkalanun by Transnusa Airline departure at 06.40 , arrive 07.50 at Pangkalanbun be med your local guide then transfer to Kumai harbour then you will get on your own houseboat, then up the Stream of Sekonyer River reaching Tanjung Puting Reserve. During the trip you can relax and observe from your houseboat flora and fauna of the jungle. Tanjung Puting Reserve is famous not just for its orang-utans but also other apes such as long-nose monkeys (Nasalis larvatus), some rare bird species, long-tailed macaques and extensive butterfly species. Sekonyer River is a habitat for some rare alligator species, that’s why swimming in the river is strictly forbidden. Afternoon visit Tanjung harapan station to see feeding of orang-utan, just 30 minutes by walking from the jetty you can reach at feeding field. On the deck you will experience the tranquillity and also the roar of the jungle. This voyage is really an unforgettable experience! During your journey, your personal cook will prepare a delicious dinner. Afternoon check-in Rimba Eco Lodge. (breakfast, lunch, dinner included).
Day 6 : Tanjung Putting Reserve – Pondok Tanggui / orang-utan feeding – Camp Leakey / museum – orang-utan feeding – Rimba Ecolodge After breakfast at the lodge embarking your houseboat and first stop at Pondok Tanggui, one of the observation stations in Tanjung Puting Reserve, where orang-utans are registered. At around 09.30 you will reach a 30 minutes trekking path guided by one of the reserve rangers, where Orang Utans feeding take place. After this unique experience trek back to Pondok Tanggui and then up the stream again approx. 2 hours to Camp Leakey. Lunch will be served on deck. During the voyage you can observe more and more bramble bush. At Camp Leaky you will visit the special Orang Utan museum and documentation centre of Dr. Biruté Galdikas. After being to the museum you will join again an Orang Utan feeding with one of the reserve rangers. The trek takes about 45 minutes. Please, always follow the ranger’s instructions and never feed Orang Utans by yourself and do not drink or eat in front of them! During dry season the place is commonly visited by wild Orang Utans as well. Here you can enjoy a special moment deep in the wilderness. Return to Camp Leaky and back to Rimba EcoLodge for overnight.Dinner will be served onboard, you will get night tour to see the beautiful of FIREFLIES on Sekonyer river, thousand of Firefly will give you a romantic trip, the light of fireflies it looks like the stars in the sky, this is the last night in the National park with a romantic trip (breakfast, lunch, dinner included)
Day 7 : Tanjung Puting Reserve – Kumai – airport ( b )
After breakfast in the lodge, proceed to Kumai then drive to the airport for your next journey.
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