"Arriving at the jetty, in the middle of the forest,
will take your breath away."
Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge is perched over the gently flowing Sekonyer River on the edge of the Tanjung Puting National Park.
It is remote - only accessible by traditional Klotok boat. The property feels as though it is straight out of a movie set, with exotic covered boardwalks connecting the rooms with the restaurant and social spaces.
This is the place for Orangutan tours in Indonesia! Rimba is truly special, located in one of the few remaining places on earth where Orangutans can be seen in the wild.
On a visit here, you may encounter seven other primate species, a rich bird life and explore the lush surrounding rainforest.
EXPLORING FROM THE LODGE
From your comfortable room, you’ll wake up each day to birdsong and you may hear the plaintive cry of Gibbons and enjoy the resident Macaque monkey troop.
If lucky, you may even see Orangutans around the lodge itself, or hear the long haunting call of the males in the area. Most evenings, a family of Proboscis Monkeys will settle above the lodge in the trees to sleep.
The unique location offers excellent access to a number of Orangutan tours to feeding stations in the National Park. The most famous of these stations is Camp Leakey, established in 1971 by Professor Birute Galdikas, a student of famed scientist Professor Louis Leakey, who also supervised Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey.
You can also explore the rainforest by riverboat, or on foot, and choose from birding, hiking and wildlife tours or have a truly unique cultural experience visiting remote villages.
TOURING BY KLOTOK BOAT
Our traditional Klotok Boats are solid, two-storied wooden crafts which hold between two and fifteen guests.
Sitting on the top deck provides a gentle way to travel the river and rainforest in style. Touring by Klotok gives you a chance to relax and eat a hearty meal between walks to the feeding stations, and offers many opportunities to stop and view wildlife along the way.
For extended tours, the Klotok becomes your floating hotel! Enjoy many of the comforts of the lodge with a proper inner-sprung mattress, and bathrooms equipped with toilets and showers. From the Klotok you can enjoy night walks and a much greater reach into the jungle.
Families are welcome at Rimba Ecolodge. A passion for conservation can start at a very young age and we revel in the opportunity to inspire young people with the beauty and excitement of our amazing wildlife and natural treasures.
Between the lodge and the tours, we will ensure that your family has a unique, special and memorable experience. Please see the Q&A below for appropriate ages and activities.
STAYING AT RIMBA ECOLODGE
Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge is a timber lodge built in a series of adjoining elevated pavilions. Walkways join the rooms with the restaurant, reception, lounge and office.
Our clean, comfortable accommodation blends naturally with the surrounding jungle environment.
35 rooms fall into three types: Diamond (3 rooms), Emerald (12 rooms) and Amethyst (20 rooms), serviced by local staff who’ll ensure you enjoy your stay.
All rooms include:
- Air Conditioning, fans and hot water
- Mosquito nets and repellent
- Comfortable double or twin beds
- Modern Showers and toilets
- Satellite internet is available from the office
Note: You may request a room without air conditioning for a lower rate
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Activities in Tanjung Puting National Park
A stay at Rimba is an opportunity to enjoy unique natural treasures.
Here are some highlights to include in your itinerary...
PESALAT RE-FORESTATION STATION
The walk in from the river takes 45 minutes through swamp forest, past a small medicinal plant area to “The Friends of the National Park” reforestation area. This is a great birding and walking area; Clouded Leopard and Sun Bear Spoors have been seen here. For only US$5 you can choose and plant a tree, leaving a long-term contribution to this reforestation area that was severely burned in 2006.
THE TANDJUNG HARAPAN FEEDING STATION
The Tandjung Harapan feeding station is at Park Headquarters and the daily feeding is at 3 o’clock. Here you will see interactions between Orangutans and local people and different aspects of Orangutan behaviour, including a large resident alpha male. Keep an eye out for the famous giant squirrels of the area.
Afterwards, you’ll visit Harapan Village, where many of our lodge staff live. More than 10,000 trees have been planted in this location through our company’s conservation fund; something we are very proud of.
CAMP LEAKEY – FULL DAY
This tour is all about the animals! You’ll see birds, butterflies and reptiles (including Crocodiles) as well as wild Orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, Langurs, Bornean Gibbon and Macaque.
Camp Leakey is possibly the most famous place for Orangutan research in the world. A visit to The Education Centre is a must, before proceeding to the Feeding Centre which is part of the lifelong work of Professor Dr. Birute Galdikas.
This is the site of the longest single biological experiment worldwide – a study of the release of orphan Orangutans. Here, you can see up close a mix of wild Orangutans (looking for a free feed) and released animals. If you are lucky (a 25% chance) the alpha male will arrive, a fantastic sight! After the magic of the feeding station, we walk back to the boat for an evening river trip back to the lodge, to be greeted by the roosting Proboscis monkeys.
PONDOK TANGUI FEEDING STATION
This area is great for hiking! On the way, look for our endemic giant squirrels, native pigs and a huge variety of butterflies. This feeding station offers another chance to see a large alpha male, always an imposing and fascinating figure!
You may also choose to take an additional 2 KM walk to see an Oil Palm plantation. The Pondok Tangui Feeding Station tour can be combined with Camp Leakey if you wish to make it a full day of orangutan adventures.
All three sites are unique and offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Ask our bookings team how to ensure you see them all during your stay.
DINNER WITH FIREFLIES
You may add this magical experience to your Tangui Feeding Station tour. This is an incredible way to end an exciting day in nature! Enjoy a romantic dinner while cruising down the river, the jungle surrounds lit up with millions of fireflies dancing in the Nipah palms.
HARAPAN VILLAGE - A CULTURAL SHOWPIECE
For a better understanding of the people and history of the area, the Harapan Village can be added to your feeding station tour.
The inhabitants of this village originally lived in the park itself. Most of the families are employed in the palm oil plantations, although some work in ecotourism with us. Here you can see the dreadful impact of the rapacious expansion of the palm oil industry.
All wildlife lovers and passionate conservationists will want to witness and understand the plight of the orangutans through loss of habitat, and maybe join us in our ongoing mission to save them
SPECIALTY BIRDING TOURS
Are you a keen birder? Our guides are renowned for their expertise. We offer all-inclusive private birding tours tailored to suit your schedule and interests. These tours take you to the southern end of the park and are usually 3 – 5 days including living on a Klotok Boat.
This is a short walking tour of the boat after dinner to view night creatures usually in the area of Camp Leakey. You may see night birds (owls and nightjars), glowing mushrooms, slow loris, tarantulas; rarely a Tarsier (the smallest primate) and very rarely a Clouded Leopard.