ANCIENT ORANGUTAN of LESAN
Tour Duration 04 Days / 03 Nights
Day 01: BERAU, MERASA (D)
Upon arrival at Berau airport, meeting service and transfer overland for about one hour to Merasa Dayak Kenyah village, possibility for sightseeing at the color full village of extra ordinary art and vibrant design as flowing geometrical portraying scenes of jungle life, dinner at local restaurant overnight at local guesthouse.
Day 02: MERASA, LESAN RIVER, LESAN DAYAK (BLD)
Simple breakfast, preparation for our adventure trip by canoe cruising the Lesan river through the jungle while you can enjoy the sceneray and wildlife, passing Bawan Orangutan Island, as the ultimate orangutan spot. Continue cruising to Dayak Lesan Village, Lunch en route. Upon arrival at Dayak Lesan village meet our host and drop our stuff, possibility to explore the village and do jungle treks arround to explore the protected primary forest of Lesan to search for orangutans and other wildlife creatures, return to village for dinner and overnight.
Day 03: LESAN DAYAK, LESAN RIVER (BLD)
Simple breakfast at Local house, a forest trek for wildlife and orangutans, afterwards we will cruise upstream Lesan River by motor-canoe for about two hours to the limestone forest, during the sail you can enjoy the forest view at the river banks, the birds, and other creatures along the way, we will pass “Dog stone” to end up at an old Dayak Grave in the forest, Lunch en route, short trek in the limestone forest before we head back to Lesan Dayak village, for dinner and overnight.
Day 04: LESAN DAYAK, BERAU (BL)
Simple breakfast at Local house, upon flight schedule, possible to make a forest trek, before we return ourt way by car, over the muddy rain forest path for about 1 hour, to connect the main road which will bring us in about three hours to Berau airport, or five hours to Tanjung Batu Harbor where you can connect to your next destination.
Lesan is a small area named to the Dayak tribe “Lesan”, which has it’s roots in the Kayan tribe. Along the Lesan River at the border of Berau regency, the Lesan River streams into the Karst Manggeliat limestone Mountains as an unexplored area of Kalimantan island. At the foot of the Karts Lime stone mountains several Dayak villages can be found, including the Lesan Dayak along the River. The area of Lesan is mostly covered with primary rain forest, and has lost of wildlife to hide include the orangutan (Pongo satyrus), proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus), maroon leaf monkey (Presbytis rubicunda rubida), sun bear (Helarctos malayanus euryspilus), lesser Malay mouse deer (Tragulus javanicus klossii), clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), and leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis borneoensis).The Lesan Package is an ultimate mix of traditional culture and nature to be ready for exploration.
Day Temperatures 27 °– 32°C
Night Temperatures 20 °– 25°C
Rainfall 4,000mm per year
Wet Months October & June
Dry Months February & August ( but expect daily rain )
The accommodation at Lesan is back to basic, with local house accommodation in the villages with Indonesian styled facilities. Expect not more then a matrass and cold water shower or even washing in the river. Electric is mostly strickted to evening time only ( 6pm - 10pm )
Travel Time & Distance East Kalimantan – Lesan River
Berau – Merasa Village overland 1 1/2 hours by car
Merasa – Pulau Bawan - Lesan River to Village 3 hours
Lesan River to Limestone crop Dostone 2 hours
Lesan River Harbor to Berau 4 hours overland by car
How To Get There
Berau international airport with direct Flights to Balikpapan, Samarinda, Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Tarakan, and connection to Derawan Overland and by speedboat
Things To Bring
Towel, soap and personal needs
Waterproof bag (for documents and electronics)
Lesan Culture & Wildlife
The wildlife is exotic, lots of water birds, along with the endemic proboscis monkeys, and other forest denizens including clouded leopard, leaf monkey, macaque, pangolin anteater, tiny tarsier, lizards, and pythons. The Tribal Cultures have spiritual believes and traditions, most do dry rise farming and hunting for daily needs, art is poor, no long houses
East Kalimantan Province area is 145,534 square kilometers, with a 3 million population.