Samboja Lestari & Beyond Tours



Need to Know

Pick up point

Balikpapan Airport

Drop off point

Balikpapan Airport


East Kalimantan

Chalenge Level



3 Days / 2 Nights

Tour Code

ATB 131

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Upon arrival at the Balikpapan Airport, meet and great with your guide then transfer to Samboja Lestari. On arrival check in Samboja Lodge. Enjoy your 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.

Guided walks along the nearby Nature trail follows a forest path from the Samboja Lodge, In order to ensure optimum wildlife viewing, the day begins at 07.30 am. Then visit The Fire Tower and Bosf Office Tower to see around the Park from the height. AfTerwards transfer to Bukit Bangkirai. On the way is the forest park of Bukit Bangkirai with its high canopy walk. Visitors can take short forest walks and climbing into the forest canopy using connecting bridges to a height of 30 meters. Platforms provide a perfect vantage point for observing macaques, leaf monkeys, gibbons and hornbills. Back to Samboja Lodge for lunch, Afternoon visit to Sungai Hitam. Take a 30 minute drive from Samboja Lestari for 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, and gain a monthly income for their services. Back to Samboja Lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Breakfast at Hotel then transfer to Balikpapan Airport for your next destination.

Detail Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation : 2 nights stay at Hotel at Samboja lodge 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 & 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

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


  • See the Orang Utan at Rehabilitation Center 
  • Jungle Trek through the Rain Forest
  • Chance to see the wild life
  • See the Proboscis monkey,
  • Bird watching