Pygmy Elephant of Borneo
The Borneo Pygmy Elephant can be found at the Nort Eastern Part of Kalimantan Island in Indonesia. Pygmy elephants are living in Asia and Africa, while those differs, The Borneo Pygmy Elephant is inhabiting the Tropical Rainforest of North Borneo ( including Sabah ), it was long know as the Asian Elephant.
BORNEO PYGMY ELEPHANT TREK EXPEDITIONTour Duration 07 Days / 06 Nights
Day 01 : BALIKPAPAN, TARAKAN (D)
Upon arrival at Balikpapan, meeting service, transfer to check in for flight to Tarakan, upon arrival at Tarakan, transfer to Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 02 : TARAKAN, MALINAU, BALATIKON (BLD)
Breakfast, then we drive to the harbor to board the speedboat for our trip to Malinau (3 hours), on the way you can when lucky you can see the fresh water dolphins and Long nose Monkeys along the delta of Sesayap River. Upon arrival at Malinau, we will continue our trip by car to Balatikon Village, and continue by motor-canoe upstream Agiston River into the deep dense Jungle of Kalimantan, late afternoon, preperation of our Jungle camp at the River Bank, dinner and overnight.
Day 03-05: JUNGLE TREK (BLD)
Simple Breakfast, we start our Jungle Journey by trekking the Forest searching for the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, foot prints which can lead us to the nearby group of these Pygmy Elephants, when lucky you can spot the wild rare species of Elephants in their natural habitat at Borneo Island. During the Treks, we will cross Rivers, and hilly Jungle mountain areas, do Hunt and fishing, Meals, prepaired, overnight at Jungle Camp. Flora and fauna is diverse at Sembakung from Mangove and swamp forest, to lime-stone and cloude forest, and possibilities to see lost of wildlife from orangutans, clouded leopards, proboscis longnose monkeys to tarsier.
Day 06: BALATIKON, MALINAU (BLD)
Breakfast, By Car to Malinau, for overnight at Guesthouse, Lunch on the way, Dinner at Local Restaurant
Day 07 : MALINAU, TARAKAN, BALIKPAPAN (BL)
After breakfast by speedboat to Tarakan, from where we catch our Flight to Balikpapan where you can connect your flight to your next destination.
Sembakung Travel FactsSembakung area is a remote area in the most north part of Indonesian Borneo, bordering with Malaysian Sabah, covering an area of almost 400.000 hectares, and is home to many flora and fauna species including the orangutan, Borneo pygmy elephant, black orchid and many pitcher plants, the area has 3 kinds of forest, swamp, limestone and montane, and clouded rain forest, habituated by Dayak Tidung tribe. The forest is primary with giant trees and rivers, long treks awaiting as access is limited, specially when rivers are, or stream is to fast for use, overnights are in prepared forest camps.
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 Sembakung is in a local house, and prepared simple jungle camps, far from western facilities as matrasses, or warm water shower
Travel Time & Distance Samboja
Tarakan – Malinau 3 hours by speedboat
Malinau – Sembakung 6 hours by simple car
Trekking 4-7 hours per day
How To Get There
Tarakan international airport with direct Flights to Jakarta, Balikpapan, Berau, Nunukan, and Malaysian Tawau
Things To Bring
Long wear & Good shoes
Sleeping bag (thin)
Waterproof bag (for documents and electronics)
Wildlife can be expected as orangutan, Borneo Pygmy Elephant, birds and lizards, Deer, Monkeys, Clouded Leopard, Sunbears or insects
North Kalimantan Province area is about 100,000 square kilometers, with a 2,5 million population