Samboja Lestari Orang Utan Survival


Need to Know

Pick up point

Balikpapan Airport

Drop off point

Balikpapan Airport


East Kalimantan

Chalenge Level



2 Days / 1 Night

Tour Code

ATB 121

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Upon arrival at Balikpapan Airport, meeting service then transfer by vehicle to Samboja Lestari. While entering the Park, You would pass the tropical rain forest. On arrival, check in to your beautiful room at the Lodge. Enjoy lunch at the terrace restaurant. Here we can take a look beautiful view of the park seen from the tower. After wards trekking the forest to see the Orangutans and Sun-bears in their rehabilitation process back in the wild. Dinner and overnight at Samboja lodge.

After Breakfast at lodge, free at your own leisure. Until departure time to Balikpapan airport for your next destination.


Our services include:

  • 1 night stay at Samboja Eco Lodge - in shared twin / double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services not include:

  • Other meals and services  that mentioned
  • Alcoholic drink and Soft drink
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Samboja Lestari

An area of restored tropical rainforest near the city of Balikpapan in East Kalimantan, Indonesian - Borneo. It’s created by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) The local population around the area is a crucial part of the project. Planted around the perimeter of the rainforest is a belt of sugar palm trees. This serves both as a protective barrier against fires and as a source of income for over 650 families. Samboja Lestari enjoys the support of the local people through its creation of employment such as in the fire protection program and maintaining the security of drinking water resources.

Orangutan rehabilitation

The Orangutan Rehabilitation Project at Wanariset was moved to Samboja. "Forest Schools" were established, areas that provide natural, educational playgrounds for the orangutans in which to learn forest skills. Here the orangutans roam freely but under supervision and are returned to sleeping cages for the night. "Orangutan islands" were created where the orangutans and other wildlife that cannot return to the wild are nevertheless able to live in almost completely natural conditions.

Orangutan Islands

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! The islands are easily reached on foot from the Lodge.

Sun bears

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. The sanctuary includes a 58 hectares area put aside for the bears including a 55 hectare patch of fenced secondary forest with maturing fruit trees and a river and a second area of approximately 3 hectares.

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 )

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
  • Waterproof backpack to store your items
  • Disposable raincoats
  • Head torch
  • Personal toiletries
  • Towel, soap and personal needs

You’ll stay in the middle of a 2000-hectare protected and unique rain forest area. Exotic birds will fly to visit the balcony and frog singing will accompany you at night. Unique design inspired from local architecture. All interior and exterior walls are made of recycled materials. This place is surrounded by plants and each room has a terrace or balcony in which to enjoy its own greeneries.
Glass windows and doors can fold open which allows you to choose between having a natural barrier, or being sleeping in the open air. The area around Samboja has been planted with many species of native trees, flowers and fruit trees. At night, you will be amazed to see the sky full of stars.

Samboja Lodge
Samboja Lodge
Samboja Lodge
  • Meet the Orang Utan in the rehabilitation center
  • Jungle Trek through the reclaimed forest
  • Overnight in the Lodge that surrounded by rain forest