Samboja Orangutan Sanctuary by BOSF

Location : East Kalimantan, a Hidden Paradise for Exotic Wildlife

Start / Finish  : Balikpapan Airport

Type of travel    : Convenient

Accommodation   : Samboja Lodge 2 Nights


DAY 01 : Balikpapan - Samboja Lodge ( BOS )
You will be pick up at Balikpapan airport then drive to Samboja lodge for 1.5 hour,  Arrive at the Samboja Lodge (BOS). Lunch at the lodge and then we will having the following activities:

Explore the Samboja Sanctuary. Some orangutans live on six man-made islands (a nice walk from the Samboja Lodge). The Island orangutans are for not release candidates, due to handicaps and miss-behavior. Therefore, they can only be viewed from the land. Every day workers bring over many kinds of fruits, vegetables and leafy branches. Though there is No contact for visitors permitted with any of our orangutans, we could use your help in making new behavioral enrichment devices for them, preparing their food and even in taking observational data !. After seeing the orangutans, proceed to Sun Bear Sanctuary. Samboja Lestari is home to one of the world's largest sun bear projects. You can help with the maintenance of the cages, observations on the behavior of newly formed groups, creation of behavioral enrichment, preparation and feeding out of food. The bear compound is a short 15min walk from the Samboja Lodge.

Afterward we explore the Sungai Hitam (Black River). This is a 2-3 hours activity. Sungai Hitam is best visited in the early morning and late afternoon. Following a 30 minute drive from Samboja Lestari you take a boat ride along the Sungai Hitam tidal river to see highly endangered Proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. Local fisherman will guide you on this tidal river. The fisherman will have a daily income for their services.

Back to the lodge. Dinner included at the lodge.

Overnight at the lodge


DAY 02 :  Samboja Lodge - Tree Planting - Canopy High Walk

After breakfast at the hotel, we will directly have a a special program called Tree Planting. This is not as simple as it sounds. There are more than a hundred thousand young trees of many varieties in our nearby plantation. It takes a lot of knowledge to plant trees properly, finding the best locations regarding amount of sun, water needs, proper soil balance and nutrients, etc. Armed with a machete, you can help cut the large and fast-growing weeds, fertilize trees, and register growth and/or any problems. It is very educational and you will be able to experience for yourself. the value of the local workers and a hard day’s work in the hot sun! It is not easy to plant a new forest and we can certainly use your help. It’s only several minutes walking from the lodge.

At 12:00: Back to the lodge for having lunch, then proceed drive for 1 hour for Bukit Bengkirai (Canopy High Walk) half-day tour in the forest park of Bukit Bangkirai. Visitors can take short forest walks and climbing into the forest canopy using connecting bridges to a height of 40 meters. Platform provide a perfect vantage point for observing macaques, leaf monkeys, maroon langurs, gibbons and hornbills. At 17:00 Return to the lodge for dinner and accommodation.


DAY 03 : Samboja Lodge - Balikpapan Airport

After breakfast, free program before transfer to Balikpapan Airport

Take Part to Support Orangutan & Rainforest Conservation

We are not simply about bringing visitors to see the Orangutan but to raise awareness about the threat they are facing as a big number of Orangutans keep decreasing in the past years.  You are invited to Take part in supporting Borneo orangutan conservation project !