Alesa Tours

Mahakam River Cruise &
Wild Orangutan


Need to Know

Pick up point

Balikpapan or Samarinda Airport

Drop off point

Balikpapan or Samarinda Airport


East Kalimantan

Chalenge Level



5 Days / 4 Nights

Tour Code

ATB 252


A combination of  the stunning and important tour destinations in East Kalimantan. Enjoy & relax the scenery during the cruise through rainforest to search the wildlife. Encounter with the wild orangutants and night jungle trek in Kutai National Park. You could learn about the animals as well as the direct environment they are living in. It will be your new perspectives and joy your adventure.

Tour Highlights

  • Ride up the middle of Mahakam river
  • See the nature and wild life
  • Visit the long houses
  • See the dayak performance
  • Encounter the wild orangutans
  • See wild crocodile in the delta of Sangatta river
  • Bird watching
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Upon arrival at the airport, meet and greet with your guide, then transfer to Loa Janan by vehicle to embark the houseboat.
Welcome on board. Enjoy the adventure on mighty Mahakam river.
Lunch and dinner will be served on board. Take an overnight cruise through the waterways of Mahakam river

The houseboat is Indonesian styled accommodation as the standard with cold & hot water shower, air conditioned sleeping cabin. Itwill cruise you slowly through the up river.

💧 Balikpapan Airport – Loa Janan (110 km) : 2,5 hours drive
💧 Samarinda Airport – Loa Janan (38 km) : 1,5 hours drive

Today is a full day excursion with picnic lunch.

Start your day with a visit to Muara muntai. Visiting the market to see it’s fresh produce.  After exploring the village and market, take a motor canoe through the water village of Jantur then crossing Jempang lake, proceed entering Ohong creek to explore rural Kalimantan. You'll pass locals washing, fishing and bathing while enjoying the shade of the lush green surroundings. Here you will see the rain forest and its wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, macaques, king fishers, lizards, snakes and any bird species.

Upon arrival at Mancong, the Dayak traditional ceremony welcomes you in front of their Long house. You will join together on the dance.

Mancong village is home to arround 500 inhabitant of Dayak Benuaq.

Afterwards by motor canoe to Tanjung Isuy for sightseeing. Late afternoon transfer back to Muara muntai. Hop on Houseboat for dinner and overnight on board. Houseboat will cruise down stream to Samarinda.

After breakfast, disembark from the house boat, continue by vehicle to Sangatta, a bumpy but fascinating through a string of villages along the road that takes around 4 hours. Stop some where for lunch and coffee.

Upon arrival in Sangatta, immediately take motor canoe upstream Sangatta river into the jungle of Kutai National Park. Upon arrival at Prefab Jungle Camp, we will drop our stuff in the camp and start a jungle trek into the forest. looking for wild life and orang utans. Late afternoon return back to Prefab Station for Dinner.

Night walk in Kutai Park

The rainforest comes alive at night. Your guide and ranger, with the help of a torch will find tarantula as well as birds which are more easily found at night.

Samarinda – Sangatta (180) km : 4 hrs drive

Overnight at Prefab Jungle Camp

Enjoy your fresh morning in the middle of the rain forest, while breakfast is served.  Afterwards by motor canoe transfer to the mangrove forest at the delta of Sangatta river to spot proboscis monkeys, long tailed macaques,  birds, crocodiles and other wildlife.  Return to Sangatta for lunch.  Afterwards transfer to Samarinda.

Dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel.

Breakfast at Hotel, transfer to airport of Samarinda or Balikpapan for your
next destination. Depending on the time of your flight time. There may be
time to stop at a local restaurant for lunch.


Samarinda - Balikpapan Airport (117 km) : 3 hours drive
Samarinda City Center – Airport ( 28 km) : 45 minutes drive

  • NOTE

Our services include:

  • Accommodation : 2 nights on house boat, 1 night stay at Prefab Jungle
    Camp - Kutai National Park and 1 night stay at Hotel Aston Samarinda or
    similar in twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle &
    House Boat and private motor canoe.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

Things You Wish To Bring:

  • Medication such as headache tablets or altitude sickness tablets
  • Sun block lotion, lip gloss, plasters
  • Insect repellent/mosquito coil
  • Camera with water proof bag
  • Comfortable shoes and slippers
  • Plastic bags
  • Waterproof backpack to store your items
  • Disposable raincoats
  • Head torch
  • Personal toiletries
  • Towel, soap and personal needs

Mahakam River is in the east-central Indonesian Borneo, rising in Borneo’s central mountain range and flows east-southeast through southern East Kalimantan province and emptying into Makassar Strait in a wide delta.

It’s a highway of East Kalimantan, which can be reached via the main Airport of Balikpapan or Samarinda. The River is almost 1.000 km long, and the only way to bring you into the deep interior of East Kalimantan.  Mahakam also the inhabitant of endangered freshwater populations of Irrawaddy dolphins, locally named Pesut Mahakam is fully protected under Indonesia Law. Nevertheless, the population is critically endangered with less than 90 individuals remaining in the entire river.

The Dayaks are the indigenous people inhabiting Kalimantan beside the Kutainese and Banjarese. The Dayak indigenous religion has been given the name Kaharingan, and may be said to be a form of animism. the Kaharingan is registered as a form of Hinduism in Indonesia. The integration of Kaharingan with Hinduism is not due to the similarities in the theological system, but due to the fact that Kaharingan is the oldest belief in Kalimantan.

The main attraction of the lower part are the Lakes, The art full Dayak Culture and Longhouses, the area is covered by mangrove, swamp, and lowland rain forest. 

The Tourism spots are the Villages and river life. The further you get upstream the more adventures it will be, till you reach the dense jungle after the rapids.

Kutai National Park

Kutai National Park is an area over 2,000 km2 and It has been protected since the 1970s. Kutai National Park is dominated by lowland tropical rainforest and has 958 species of flora, including 8 of the world's 9 genera of family dipterocarpaceae, 41 species of orchids and 220 species of medical plants. The other vegetation types include coastal mangrove forest,  freshwater swamp forest and Kerangas forest (sandy soil) According to the survey that was conducted in 2010, the numbers of orangutan are over 2,000, identified to be inhabiting the park. Prevab is the mainly overseas tourist area, approximately 25 minutes boat ride up the Sangatta river.

Day Temperatures 27 °– 32°C
Night Temperatures 20 °– 25°C
Humidity 80%-90%
Rainfall 4,000mm per year
Wet Months October & June
Dry Months February & August ( but expect daily rain )