Photograph 'Amazing Kalimantan' with Professional Photographers and Tutors, Mark Rayner and David Metcalf

10 Day Orangutans, Wildlife and Dayaks Photo Expedition presented by Mark Rayner and David Metcalf

When : Next workshop TBA 2017

Where : Kalimantan (Borneo) commencing in Bali, Palangkaraya, Gawai Dayak Festival & Tanjung Puting National Park

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Come and join professional photographers Mark Rayner and David Metcalf on the trip of a lifetime to exotic Borneo (Indonesian Kalimantan) to experience something simply unforgettable – an opportunity to photograph and learn about the fascinating endangered Orangutans in their natural environment.

What springs to mind when you hear the word Borneo?

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Prehistoric tribes living in the forest, orangutans in the wild, exotic wildlife, giant hornbill birds or maybe wild Indiana Jones type headhunters roaming the impenetrable jungle rainforest?

Well its not quite like this these days, but if you long for an adventure into Central Borneo to photograph orangutans, large proboscis monkeys, unique birdlife and have the opportunity to meet the local traditional Dayak people whilst sailing along an ancient river in a house boat and going to sleep surrounded by pristine rainforests, then this is the trip for you.
Mark Rayner and Dayak Dave Metcalf will be leading this fascinating and unique photography adventure to bring you in touch with amazing orang-utans and Dayak culture.

Borneo (in Indonesia, known as Kalimantan), the Amazon of Asia, has a rich array of birdlife and wonderful primates including orangutans, which we get to see at close quarters.

This is simply an unforgettable experience and one that will remain with you forever.

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But this is not all you will see.

The shutters will be in overdrive as you witness the huge proboscis monkeys literally flying through the trees at dusk, from the comfort of our comfortable boat, known as a Klotok, as we glide up the river surrounded by the jungle. The immense beauty of the night sky in this wild and pristine place will no doubt captivate and inspire the creative photo-artist within you. 
We will see part of the huge Dayak festival of dance and culture in Gawai as we make our way across Kalimantan towards Tanjung Putting.
We venture into the Tanjung Puting National Park, which is the size of Bali, and visit Camp Leakey where we will meet the orangutans face to face and have the opportunity to see how they live in the forest and photograph them in the wild. We also visit the education centre and learn about the future for their survival as a species.

Watch for the huge native hornbills as they soar with their massive bulk through the Borneo skies as we glide along the black water lakes of Central Kalimantan witnessing the stunning afternoon light and brilliant sunsets in this ancient land.

We also visit a floating village and meet the Dayak people who have lived in this area for thousands of years.

The Dayak people are renowned for their beauty and graceful artistic dance and we have a very special event planned.  A traditional warrior dance will be performed, just for our group, on a private island.  A great photographic moment where you will have the opportunity to capture the elaborate costumes, array of feathers, colour, culture and watch a captivating performance of song and dance honouring their ancient past.  This evening allows for a sharing of stories with the Dayak elders and learn something of their ancient ways and spiritual beliefs in their natural environment.

This is an adventure specifically for photographers who want to photograph unique wildlife and experience the beauty and ancient lands of Borneo with like-minded people. Mark and Dave have a wealth of experience in tour leading and please be assured your safety and comfort are paramount at all times.

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“Life is not remembered by the breaths you take but those moments that take your breath away”.

Please join Mark and David for many breath-taking moments and improve your photography skills, as we take you into the heart of Borneo to connect intimately with the Dayaks, the orangutans and exotic wildlife.

Day to Day Itinerary

Meet in Bali then we start:

Day 1 Meet in Sanur, Bali early evening

We'll get together for a meet and greet session and have a chat about your upcoming adventure. Dinner on the beach follows and then an early night as we have an early start as we head off to Kalimantan.

Day 2 Depart Bali early in the morning and upon ARRIVAL in PALANGKARAYA – START CRUISE

Re-group at Palangkaraya Airport and transfer to the Rahai’i Pangun in Palangkaraya harbor to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue along the forested river. In the late afternoon, stop by a river island and board a canoe to explore the shimmering black water lakes. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, hornbills and Brahmini kites. Return to the Rahai’i Pangun a quiet dinner in the midst of the forest.


The Rahai’i Pangun moves up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast at Bapallas Island. On arrival Bapallas island, take the motorised canoe to go around the island to observe Orangutans. The BOSF ranger will explain about the island and the pre-release program while you’re doing your observation.

Leisurely lunch onboard and cruising to Kanarakan, a tiny riverside village on the Rungan River. Arriving in the afternoon, welcomed by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around the village with a local host to see the village home gardens for traditional medications, rubber field & rubber tapping demonstration, and other village livelihoods. Visit to the elder’s house and enjoy the traditional spices coffee or herbal tea while sharing stories.

Back to the boat and cruise down to Tahai. Board canoes to explore the kales and enjoy Overnight.


Dawn canoeing in Tahai Lake for bird watching. Return to the boat for a leisurely breakfast on board.

Visit the village of Sei Gohong to meet the traditional medicine expert then a short walk to the nearby forest to find several plants that are used as traditional medications by the Ngajus. Back to the village and see a larger collection of the traditional medicines and discuss their uses with the locals. Visit other local craftsmen – see how the Dayak machetes are made and rattan weaving display.

Further opportunity to see orangutans and in the cooler evening.We will have a visit from a representative from BOS ( Borneo Orangutan Survival foundation) who will explain about their rehabilitation program and the plight of the endangered Orangutans.

Back to the boat and overnight nearby Tangkiling.

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Leave the cruise early for our flight to Pontianack. We overnight here before making our way by car to Gawai


You now have two days immersed in Dayak culture. You'll photograph many smiling faces and witness amazing dance rituals.

A truly fantastic cultural experience.


Leave early for our flight from Pontianack to Pangkalanbun. On arrival in Kumai, board your klotok. The boat is a traditional Klotok wooden river boat about 12m by 2m with a roof which forms the upper deck where you can view the rain forest as it glides by. The guide's team includes the boatman, a cook and expert guide. In the peaceful afternoon we will slowly explore the quite river by the klotok while observe the monkeys along the riverside. Dinner and overnight Rimba Lodge

After breakfast board the klotok to travel up river for about 2½ hours boating and then up a side creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans  are reintroduced into the rain forest and also known as research center for Orangutan. Trekking through tropical rainforest searching for wildlife, wild orangutan, birds and other primate as well as tropical jungle plant. Back to the boat for lunch then witness feeding time at 14.00 pm for old rehabilitation orangutan given additional foods.
Overnight at the Rimba Lodge.

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Boat returns to Kumai. Taxi transfer to the airport. Tour ends.

Flight to Jakarta or Denpasar (included)

A western-trained chef will prepare an array of gourmet delights—a fusion of Thai, Indonesian and Western food with exotic, local, jungle tropical fruits and vegetables including a unique rainforest tree fern salad delicacy.
The tour includes one night in Bali, as this is where the group meets.
For more information including a day-to-day description of what will be covered please contact Dayak Dave at
Cost for the photography expedition is $5450.00 (USD) single occupancy (special price for couples on application.)


  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Domestic Airfares – Bali or Jakarta to Palangkaraya return economy class
  • All meals
  • Boat hire
  • Park fees
  • Dance Performance
  • All ground transport
  • Guides fees
  • Photographers’ fees
  • Tips
  • Alcohol
  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
 To book, please click -> here and go to the enquiry form at the bottom of the page.