Experience with the orangutans
We have just returned from 4 day trip to see the Orangutans in Tanjung Punting National Park. We are an extended family of 6 from 7 years to 75 years. We decided after reading quite a few reviews and phoning Fardi the owner, to go with Orangutan House Boat Tours and were really pleased with our choice. The boat Fardi gave us was the biggest at about 18.5metres and had heaps of space especially for the boys to be able to have some room to play. The klotok was launched in 2015 and was really comfortable, innerspring mattresses with mosquitos nets large enough to cover 2 or 4 mattresses and enough height to stand up inside , 2 flush toilets, separate shower room. Certainly heaps more comfortable than we had envisaged. There were also 4 big bean bags to laze around on during the day plus two of the other mattresses left out to relax on. I had read a couple of comments from others about the length of time on the boat being too long. We found it really interesting Imul our guide spoke perfect english, he was born just across the river from the National Park and had a great knowledge of the plants, birds and of course the orang-utans. He worked in the park for a few years and had excellent local knowledge. We seemed to see so much more of the orangutans than most other tour groups. He never rushed us up to the feeding stations and most times on our way up we were walking behind an orang-utan this was just the experience we went for. The food on the klotok was really tasty, Norma was a cook and she turned out amazing meals from a very small kitchen. All of the crew were great, they could spot crocodiles or monkeys well before us and always stopped for us to look more closely. Imul was also an excellent photographer who knew just the best places to be for great photo opportunities. Clothings shoes etc, don’t take too much it is hot and the clothes get dirty but just rewear them for a few days , we didn’t use any wet weather gear but did take it, although the boat had umbrellas which they brought on each expedition . Sneakers were best even in the hot weather and we didn’t wear our sandals. I’d be happy to answer any questions and couldn’t recommend Fardi and the Orangutan Houseboat… enough they certainly deserve the very high reputation they have achieved on Trip Advisor.