Into the Heart of the Rainforest: Orangutan Photography Tour, 16 – 18 May 2024

Embark on a Captivating Orangutan Photography Expedition

Discover the Endangered Orangutans of Tanjung Puting National Park

In the heart of Central Kalimantan, a unique and endangered species, Pongo pymaeus, thrives in its natural habitat—the orangutan. This remarkable primate is endemic to the island of Borneo, but its sanctuary is under threat as its precious habitat diminishes at an alarming pace. To safeguard the survival of these incredible creatures, orangutan rehabilitation centers have been established in the heart of the rainforest.

Photographic Highlights:

  • Orangutan Encounters: Our journey takes us to two remarkable orangutan feeding stations: Pondok Tanggui, and Camp Leakey. Each presents a unique opportunity to capture these majestic creatures up close as they interact during their feeding rituals.
  • Jungle Trekking: Embark on guided jungle treks, delving into the heart of the lush rainforest. Your camera will be your constant companion as you seek out hidden treasures and elusive wildlife amidst the dense vegetation.
  • Riverside Wildlife: Aboard our traditional houseboat, known as a Kelotok, glide along the riverbanks of Sungai Sekonyer Kanan. Keep your lenses at the ready for glimpses of Proboscis Monkeys, Long-tailed Macaques, and an array of bird species that call this pristine landscape home.
  • Sungai Sekonyer Kanan: Experience the serene beauty of a black water river as we navigate the enchanting Sungai Sekonyer Kanan. Its tranquil waters offer a captivating backdrop for your photography.
  • Overnight Kelotok Stay: Our Kelotok, a unique moving base, provides a comfortable yet rustic experience. While facilities are limited, you’ll have everything you need for an authentic rainforest adventure. On the upper deck, capture stunning images from the front platform or relax at the table and chair setup. At night, we stay at resort hotel inside the national park in rooms with private facilities.

Onboard Amenities:

  • Dining Delights: Enjoy three delicious meals prepared by our skilled onboard cook. The galley (kitchen) on the lower deck ensures your culinary needs are met.
  • Restroom Convenience: A toilet facility is available at the back of the Kelotok for your convenience.

Your Photographic Expedition Awaits: Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Tanjung Puting National Park, where every moment offers a chance to capture the essence of this precious ecosystem. Join us on this unforgettable journey to safeguard and celebrate the orangutans and the rich biodiversity of Borneo.


Total price (twin shared room):

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation double/twin rooms sharing
  • all meals and non-alchohol drinks,
  • all transportation during the tour
  • photography tuition,
  • entrance fees and all local taxes.
  • private chef onboard
  • naturalist guide
  • photography guide
  • bananas for orangutans 🙂

Not included in the price:

– Airfare
– Visas (if applicable)
– Single supplement

What to bring

– camera with tripod and remote shutter release
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography
– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 100-400 mm.  Be sure to have additional tripod mount to this lens.

Tour leaders



Daniel Kordan

Landscape and travel photographer based in Bali, Indonesia. Partner with Iceland photo tours, instagram @Danielkordan with 1.8 Million followers, Nikon and Gitzo ambassador.

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