Where can you see orangutans in the wild?

The Best National Parks To See Wild Orangutans in Indonesia

Tanjung Puting National Park has been called one of the natural wonders of the world. A vast and dense rainforest that spans over four thousand square kilometres, Tanjung Puting is full of wild orangutans who love the tree tops and swampy mangroves. The best way to get a great view of wild orangutans is to travel down the Sekonyer River on a Klotok. A Klotok is a type of river houseboat, used by locals to transport goods up and down the river, and also by tourists as a great way to get around.

Orangutans are unique in many ways. They are the only Great Ape in Southeast Asia, and the only Great Ape (other than humans) found outside Africa. They are the only ‘red’ ape, and the only strictly arboreal ape, meaning that they spend their lives in the forest canopy, even building nests in the trees in which to sleep. The other Great Apes (chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas) do climb and build nests in the trees, but tend to spend their lives on the ground.

Orangutans also differ from the other Great Apes in that they do not live in family groups. The largest family unit is a female and two offspring, and males and females usually meet up only to breed. Orangutans are highly intelligent and gentle animals. They use tools in the wild and have excellent memories, making mental maps of their forest home in order to find fruiting trees throughout the seasons.

The easiest way to get to Tanjung Putting National Park is via Klotok. It’s a good idea to make sure your tour booking includes or can arrange an airport or hotel transfer, as well as transport to and from the park. Between travelling on a Klotok, bonding with a local tour guide and spotting the elusive Bornean orangutan throughout your trip, Tanjung Puting National Park has it all.

The best part ? Tanjung Puting is also home to the well-known research facility Camp Leaky, where you can meet wildlife researchers, get up close with orangutans in rehabilitation and other creatures of the jungle.

While you may have been to your local zoo to see orangutans playing on a rope course, seeing them in the wild in Indonesia is something really special. There are two species of orangutans in the world, and you can find both in Southeast Asia. Bornean orangutans live on the island of Borneo and their slightly longer-haired, paler cousins, the Sumatran Orangutan, on the island of Sumatra. There are a variety of tours in Tanjung Putting National Park that will get you closer to this remarkable species in Borneo. 

Making sure you’re a part of a legitimate ecotourism experience means that not only will you get to experience nature and culture with little environmental impact, but your local guide will teach and engage you in discussions about the local environmental issues. In Borneo, orangutanshave been declared critically endangered – and their numbers are shrinking faster than we can save them.

Kalimantan Orang Utan Explorer by Houseboat

For anyone who has ever dreamed of experiencing the pristine and undiluted beauty of Borneo or Kalimantan, this is the perfect opportunity to see its highlights. Dayak is the name of Borneo native which currently still lives in the remote part of Kalimantan area. Experience the wonders of Tanjung Puting the most magical way possible: Discover Borneo Orang Utan by houseboat. Spend four days cruising the languid Kumai and Sekonyer Rivers with Borneo travel company, surrounded by lush jungle teeming with wildlife. When not exploring the waterways, go ashore to watch orangutans gathering to feed and to learn about rainforest preservation or meet the Borneo Dayak tribe. This is the very best of Indonesia Borneo!

USD 2,568
Cultural & Nature Indonesia For Families
Duration: 13 Days
USD 3.999
Explore Exotic Indonesia
Duration: 20 Days
USD 489
Borneo Orangutan Explorer Lodge
Duration: 3 Days
USD 499
Borneo Orangutan Tour Longhouse Boat Liveaboard
Duration: 4 Days
USD 699
Borneo Orangutan and Dayak Tribe Expedition
Duration: 5 Days
USD 468
Borneo Orangutan Explorer Klotok
Duration: 3 Days
USD 525
Borneo Orangutan Explorer and Turtle Release
Duration: 4 Days
USD 2,599
Best of Indonesia Journey
Duration: 16 Days
USD 2.599
Borneo Papua Komodo Expedition Tour
Duration: 14 Days
USD 435
Borneo Orangutan and Jungle Trekking
Duration: 4 Days

Preferred Hotels

Whether you’re looking for a city-centred hotel, a relaxing beachside getaway or anything in between, we’ve found the very best accommodation to suit your needs and included them in our list of preferred Borneo hotels.

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