Samboja Lodge

Der kleine Ort Samboja Lestari befindet sich etwa 35 km nördlich von Balikpapan in der indonesischen Provinz Ost-Kalimantan. Die Samboja Lodge ist ein Projekt der Borneo Orang Utan Survival Foundation (BOS) und ermöglicht es so Besuchern vor Ort an der Arbeit der Stiftung teilzuhaben.

Mögliche Sehenswürdigkeiten


In den 1950er Jahren begann in dieser Gegend der Raubbau am tropischen Regenwald auf Borneo. Illegale Abholzung und Brandrodungsfeldbau liessen den Wald immer schneller verschwinden. In den 80er und 90er Jahren wurde die Situation durch langanhaltende Dürreperioden nochmals verschlechtert. Seit 2001 arbeitet die BOS-Stiftung an der Wiederaufforstung des Regenwaldes. Man kann den Mitarbeitern bei dem ehrgeizigen Projekt zur Hand gehen. In der Auffangstation für Wildtiere leben neben Orang-Utans auch Borneo-Sonnenbären. Einige der Tiere werden auf die Wiederauswilderung vorbereitet, während andere hier ihren Lebensabend verbringen.

Samboja Lodge

Die kleine Hotelanlage wird von der BOS-Stiftung betrieben. Hier haben die Gäste die Möglichkeit, mitten im Regenwald zu übernachten. Die Lodge verfügt über 26 Zimmer welche sich in 22 Standard Zimmer und 4 Suiten aufteilen. Die Standard Zimmer sind ausgestattet mit Klimaanlage, Balkon, eigenem Bad/WC mit Kaltwasser. Die 2 Queen Suiten sind etwas grösser und verfügen über Warmwasser. Die 2 King Suiten haben zusätzlich Panoramafenster und ebenfalls Warmwasser. Im 2. Stock befindet sich ein Restaurant mit einer tollen Aussicht über den Regenwald.


Wer im Anschluss an einen Tauchaufenthalt in Kalimantan noch etwas Natur erleben möchte ist hier genau richtig. Nebst Orang Utan Island und der Sun Bear Sanctuary gibt es noch weitere Tagesausflüge die vorgängig oder auch vor Ort organisiert werden können. Es gilt zu beachten, dass es sich hier um ein Wiederaufforstungsprojekt und um eine Aufzuchtsstation handelt. Die Bären und Orang Utans können nicht in freier Wildbahn beobachtet werden, da die Tiere hier auf die Auswilderung vorbereitet werden.


Beispiel möglicher Tagestouren:

Orang Utan Island (08.00 Uhr – 16.00 Uhr)
Some orangutans live on six man-made islands (a nice walk from the Lodge). The Island orangutans have chronic Hepatitis B and are not release candidates. They most likely contracted the virus from their previous ‘owners’. Therefore, they can only be viewed from the land. However, the Islands erode quickly and are constantly in need of repair. Guests will be able to work with us to shore up the Island edges with stones to prevent further erosion. Every day workers bring over many kinds of fruits, vegetables and leafy branches. Though there is No Contact for Visitors permitted with any of our orangutans, we could use your help in making new behavioral enrichment devices for them, preparing their food and even in taking observational data! Activities at the Orangutan Islands will begin at 8am and continue until 4pm with a return to the Lodge for lunch. The islands are easily reached on foot from the Lodge. Visitors will help the technicians with the following:

– Cut and prepare orangutan foods
– Take behavioral observations (clipboard and data sheet will be provided)
– Clean surrounding island area (rakes provided)

Island Building:
The Orangutan Islands periodically need shoring up due to natural erosion. Visitors can really get into the spirit of hard work in muddy conditions helping us with this important task. Large stones need to be placed and anchored along the island shore. Resident orangutans are moved during this process as the river is temporarily drained.

Forest School Sleeping Cages:
The sleeping cages for the orangutans in our Forest School program are built of wood and wire. We are trying to come up with a modular design for easy construction and our building team could use some help!

Wir möchten Sie darauf hinweisen, dass die Orang Utans nicht in freier Wildbahn leben sondern dass es sich um eine Kranken- und Aufzuchtsstation handelt. Die Orang Utans leben auf verschiedenen Inseln wo sie freien Auslauf haben (keine Gehege).


Sun Bear Sanctuary (08.00 Uhr – 16.00 Uhr)
Samboja Lestari is home to one of the world’s largest sun bear projects. You can help with the maintenance of the cages, observations on the behavior of newly formed groups, creation of behavioral enrichment, preparation and feeding out of food. Activities at the sun bear compound will begin at 8am and end at 4pm. The bear compound is a short 15min walk from the Lodge. Lunch will be delivered to the visitors so that they may enjoy lunch with the staff and technicians at the compound. Work can include:

– Going via pick-up to collect enrichment materials
– Cutting and preparing foods to be distributed to the bears
– Bear behavioral observations (data sheet and clipboard will be provided)
– Clean surrounding areas

Wir möchten Sie darauf hinweisen, dass die Bären nicht in freier Wildbahn leben sondern dass es sich um eine Kranken- und Aufzuchtsstation handelt. Die Sun Bears werden in Gehegen gehalten, was nicht bei allen positiv aufgenommen wird.


Wildlife Nature Trail (05.00 Uhr – 17.00 Uhr)
There are a number of other animal species in Samboja Lestari that have returned to this regenerating forest. Some of the animals you might spot on guided walks early morning and late afternoon through our Nature Trail (taking census data as you walk) are: eagles (3 different species), many other birds, lizards and snakes (blood pythons), small mammals (deer and pigs) and many amazing insects (walking sticks, beautiful butterflies, millipedes etc.). You might even spot wild primates newly arrived to the area such as gibbons, macaques (2 species), and proboscis and red leaf monkeys. The Nature Trail follows a forest path 2 km in and out again from the Samboja Lodge (total 4 km). In order to ensure optimum wildlife viewing, the day begins at 6am as follows:

Wildlife Optimum Viewing Time
Birds and Mamals: 5am to 10am (still too dark at 5am so we start at 6am) and 4pm to 7pm (we will stop at 5pm)
Reptiles: 9am to 11am and 3pm to 5pm

Clipboards and binoculars will be provided to document wildlife observed. Breakfast will be provided for visitors to take along with them and the group will be returned to the Lodge at approximately 12.30pm for lunch and a brief rest before going back out again at 3pm or alternatively they may change their activity option.


Tree Planting (08.00 Uhr – 16.00 Uhr)
This is not as simple as it sounds. There are more than a hundred thousand young trees of many varieties in our nearby plantation. It takes a lot of knowledge to plant trees properly, finding the best locations regarding amount of sun, water needs, proper soil balance and nutrients, etc. Armed with a machete, you can help cut the large and fast-growing weeds, fertilize trees, and register growth and/or any problems. It is very educational and you will be able to experience for yourself the value of the local workers and a hard day’s work in the hot sun! It is not easy to plant a new jungle and we can certainly use your help. A pick-up will transport visitors to one of our planting areas at 8am until 4pm. Lunch will be delivered to visitors. Some activities are seasonal (dry or rainy season).

– Prepare ground for planting and fertilizing (rainy season only)
– Pruning trees (tools provided)
– Laying down mulch
– Manual clearing of area (machetes will be provided – work gloves as well)


Plant Nursery (08.00 Uhr – 16.00 Uhr)
Treat yourself to the joys of working with seeds, seedlings and cuttings in our very own nursery. Here you will learn how to handle these delicate little beginnings and nurture them to maturity. We even have an orchid house! Visitors will be transported to the nursery located on the outside road of Samboja Lestari from 8am until 4pm. Lunch will be delivered to the nursery. Activities in the nursery include:

– Prepare medium for seedlings
– Weeding
– Grading seedlings and planting prep
– Watering
– Prepare seedlings for transport
– (All gloves and tools will be provided)


Forest Research and Development (08.00 Uhr – 16.00 Uhr)
Observational data are an important part of our various projects. Scientific research helps us to gain a better knowledge and understanding of the individuals and the environment in our care, as well as helping us to monitor our successes and failures. Orangutans, bears, birds and other animals are observed, insects are collected, the stream speed of rivers and groundwater position and trees are surveyed, temperatures are measured, along with humidity, precipitation, etc. We have several researchers and experts from around the world working with us to collect this data, and you can help! Visitors will be picked up at 8am and returned at 4pm. Lunch will be delivered to the site. Activities in Research and Forest Development include:

– Measuring tree growth
– water volume and velocity of water flow (Hydrology)
– Checking temperature, precipitation and humidity (Meteorology)
– (All necessary equipment will be provided)


Organic Farming (08.00 Uhr – 16.00 Uhr)
We have made a strong commitment to organic agriculture. The harvestable vegetables are fertilized with compost made on our premises. The produce is sprayed only with a biodegradable insecticide, which is also produced on site. The harvested products can be used for the orangutans, bears, other animals, as well as for Lodge guests! This is a wonderful opportunity for you to work together weeding, planting, and harvesting with project workers and local farmers. A short walk from the Lodge is our Organic Farming Patch. Activities will begin at 8am and continue until 4pm. Lunch will be delivered to the visitors so they can enjoy eating together with the technicians. Activities include:

– Preparing the ground for planting and actual planting
– Fertilization
– Watering
– Harvesting
– Weeding
– Fencing (to prevent wild pigs from destroying the crops)
– Observation of growth
– (All tools and work gloves will be provided)

Preise Samboja Lodge

Alle angegebenen Preise gelten für eine Person ohne Fluganreise und beruhen auf aktuellen Währungskursen, welche sich jederzeit ändern können.


Die angegebenen Preise sind Beispielpakete pro Person in der günstigsten Saison und Zimmerkategorie inkl. Mahlzeiten und Transfers wie angegeben. Für detaillierte Preise kontaktieren Sie uns, wir schicken Ihnen gerne eine Offerte.

1 Nacht Standard Doppelzimmer, Frühstück, tägliche Tour nach Orang Utan Island und Sun Bear Sanctuary ab CHF 60.-

1 Nacht Standard Einzelzimmer, Frühstück, tägliche Tour nach Orang Utan Island und Sun Bear Sanctuary ab CHF 119.-

Transfer vom/zum Flughafen Balikpapan pro Person/Weg, bei 2 Personen ab CHF 13.-

Preise für andere Zimmerkategorien auf Anfrage erhältlich.

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