Alesa Tours

Samboja Lestari

Orangutan 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


Samboja Lestari is an area of restored tropical rainforest 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. It’s also 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.

Tour Highlights

  • Walk through lush secondary rainforest.
  • Overnight in the beautiful lodge surrounded by rain forest.
  • See orangutan close up at Orang Utan Island
  • Visit Sun Bear Sanctuary
  • Visit Bosf office and fire tower
  • Canoeing Black River to spot the proboscis monkeys
  • This trip is supporting the orangutan foundation
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Upon arrival at the Balikpapan Airport, meet and great with your guide then transfer to Samboja Lestari. Upon arrival, check in Samboja Lodge and enjoy your lunch at the terrace restaurant. Here we can take a look a beautiful view of  the park. A local guide will conduct a briefing on the up coming activities. Short rest and fresh up then depart for the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in time for the afternoon feeding session at 15:00. Then head to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre nearby. Afternoon visit Black River. Take a two-hour boat journey across the Black River and enjoy the scenes of local villages and lush mangrove forest to search for wildlife, most notably the proboscis monkeys which are native to Borneo. Other fauna likely to be spotted in the river includes monitor lizard and bird species.

Back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.


💧 Balikpapan Airport - Samboja Lestari = 34,7 km (1 hr drive)

💧 Samboja Lestari - Black River = 14,9 km (27 minutes drive)

Breakfast at Samboja Lodge, then guided walks along the nearby nature trail follows a forest path from the Samboja Lodge. Then visit The Fire Tower and Bosf Office Tower to see around the park from the height. Afterwards transfer to Balikpapan Airport for your next destination.


💧 Samboja Lestari - Balikpapan Airport = 34,7 km (1 hr drive)

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


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 )




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.

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