Kalimantan Tour Guide
Kalimantan Tour Guide
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Kalimantan Tour Guide provide adventure, wildlife and culture tour for Borneo Island, Indonesia. Your request will be handled by the REAL FIRST HAND experienced tour guide from the very beginning. With taking tour with us you also contribute and help the environment and adding income for local people especially some locals who concern to our nature and wildlife.
Balikpapan, Indonesia

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Dylan A
Calgary, Canada5 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
When looking into Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan) it is certainly overwhelming. This is a vast land mass with many things to see. Nila made seeing it all seamless! From the planning phase through to the execution, Nila was active in recommendations and helping to build a trip that we would love. She worked for months with us iterating on itineraries to make sure the price and activities aligned with what we wanted.

We worked our way from southern Kalimantan through to the East. From the beginning we were picked up from the Airport by a very professional guide and a driver. The guides throughout our trip were a wealth of knowledge who were very personable, spoke excellent English and are very genuine people. As we travelled to different provinces we met new local guides from each area that all had a unique knowledge of the region. The guides that we had through out were all amazing people and we learned so much about the culture and the way of life as well as experiencing it first hand with them. It would have been impossible to travel the full route without their expertise.

Kalimantan has a aged infrastructure that has been overused by many industry vehicles leaving behind rough tight highways. Nila had arranged transportation throughout the trip. Each driver was confident, calm and collected along the drive. It takes an experienced driver who knows the roads day and night to travel the major distances. We felt safe in the hands of the drivers that we had.

We also enjoyed 2 sleeper boat excursions where the crew was friendly welcoming and all around great to travel with. They all had strong relationships with Nila and took great care of us.

Overall we really enjoyed the experience of Kalimantan. We could not have seen this part of the world without the hard work of Nila and her local guides. We would recommend her company to anyone wanting to experience such a different and important part of Indonesia, and can’t wait to do it again!
Written October 1, 2022
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Evy v
Tilburg, The Netherlands66 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Nila organised for us an amazing tour to Kutai National park. The contact with her was very fast and easy. The reason we preffered Kutai National parc is because you can really see the Orang-Utangs in the wild and it's more of the beaten path. And the long journey for the two days in the jungle was so worth it. Nila organised the day before a nice tour in Balikbapan. She took us to a local sate place, which was amazing. The sunbear sanctuary wasn't really for us but we did like our boat tour through the mangrove.
The next day we went to Kutai.
Its a long bumpy journey to get there, but our guide Iwan and our driver Yunos tried to make it as comfortable as possible
Eventually in the jungle we were the only tourists staying at the ranger camp with Heri and Ipe our hosts. Ipe cooked amazing food and sambal and Heri was an amazing ranger. Besides the great vibe there was around the camp we saw so many orang-utangs from up close. Because the camp is build around fruit trees you even have the chance of seeing them around the camp if you're lucky like we were. I think Awang told us we had a absolute record of 17 encounters in two days. We were very lucky and we realise you can't plan nature! That said the jungle is still an amazing place to wander through and to wake up surrounded by the sound of rain and the birds in the jungle. Heri showed us special tries, mushrooms and all kinds of insects and other animals that he spotted. He is truly a great ranger and Awang is so fun as your guide. The whole trip was amazing!

A big thank you to Nila, Awang, Heri, Ipe & Yunos. It was a trip of lifetime!
Written October 25, 2022
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Dave S
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Dec 2019 • Solo
Met with Nila - a good and kind person who helped arrange a two night trip from Samarinda into the forest to see river dolphin, wildlife and birds. Your guide Innal was patient and knowledgeable - and has friends everywhere who were lovely to meet. Also met with some of the team of ykrasi.org - definitely worth supporting. You can be confident to book your trip with Kalimantan Tour Guide and you can trust Nila and her team absolutely.
Written January 1, 2020
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Dear David, I do thanks for your review, I ma very happy you could came back to Balikpapan your hometown and explore Mahakam river with our team. Hope you are always doing great with your family. Best regards, Kalimantan Tour Guide team
Written January 5, 2020
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Nick H
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Sep 2022 • Solo
Nila organised and accompanied me on a customized boat tour on Balikpapan Bay, including mangrove forests and the Pantai Lango fishing community. Very professional and correct. Nila is perfectly English-speaking and very nice company!
Written September 17, 2022
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Dear Nick, I do thank you for a nice review. I hope I can see your amazing photo, keep in touch yah... Nila - Kalimantan Tour Guide team
Written September 18, 2022
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Julie466
Germany44 contributions
Jul 2022
What an amazing day with a wonderful tour guide. It was just perfect. I would do it over and over again. Seeing the Orang Utans, Sunbears, Mangroves, Forest and Dschungel, River Cruise, ...
Nila and her team made sure that everything went smoothly and that I had a stunning day! Thank you Nila!
Written September 13, 2022
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Dear sweet Julie, I do thank you for the amazing review, hope we could see each other. Nila - Kalimantan Tour Guide team.
Written September 18, 2022
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Gareth H
Montaigut-sur-Save, France81 contributions
Aug 2019
What a fabulous and memorable time that we had in Kalimantan which is down to the brilliant tour organised with Nila and accompanied during our time there by Djumrie, a very knowledgable and fun tour guide. It was magical! The tour we organised involved seeing Orangutans in a rehabilitation centre (Samboja lodge) as well as seeing them in the wild (Kuta National Park). Additionally we had an amazing trip up the Mahakam river with a brilliant crew, which included the best best food we had on our trip around Indonesia and some excellent excursions. Thank you everyone involved for making our holiday so memorable.
Written August 15, 2019
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Dear Garethh171, I do thanks for your nice review. Me and my team are very happy to welcoming you and the family. Hope we could do more upgrade service to our clients. Have a very nice day, Nila & team.
Written August 18, 2019
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Greg & Murine
Christchurch, New Zealand36 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
It was a hot afternoon as we walked the street of Balikpapan in search of Nila Warti, Kalimantan Tour agency. We were already doing a trip to Samboja lodge, so had 6 days to fill, with no plans pre-arranged. I had seen Kalimantan Tour guides reviews on trip advisor and decided to try them out. Nila was so kind she even picked my wife and me up on her scooter after we had not realised how far it was to walk to her home/office. The adventure had already begun!

I had done quite a lot of research and realised Kalimantan is a large province, so we focused our attention on the Mahakam river and Kutai national park. Nila customised a package to suit, and at 9.00am the next day, Nila and her Guide Jumree and driver Memmet were waiting at our guest house in a late model Toyota 4X4, ready to begin our adventure.

Jumree spoke perfect English, was funny and charming immediately we became friends, Memmet was quiet and reminded me of the of character off the movie "The Driver" with his intense concentration on the road as we raced towards our first destination to catch a long boat at Kota Bangun. The road conditions were good, the scenery ranged from the City limits to countryside littered with Palm plantations, small farms, villages and jungle.

Mr Ikin our skipper was waiting in his vanguard powered covered longboat ready to take us upriver and to our first guest house in the wooden village of Muara Muntai. The boat was comfortable with padded seats, and once you became accustomised to the mode of transport, the journey was relaxing and exhilarating. Along the way, there were many examples of village life, some industrial works to fisherman darting up and down the river. We had come to see nature and were not disappointed, the highlight being the fresh-water Dolphins and many species of bird life including Lesser Adjutants and a Brahminy Kite followed by a troop of Macaques feeding at dusk as we glided up a creek. We passed a beautiful floating village that seemed a world removed from our way of life, completely built on stilts and raised platforms, much like where we stayed at Muara Muntai.

The guest house - "Penginapan Badi" was comfortable, double bed, mosquito netting on the windows, air conditioning, WIFI and cable, quite hard to believe! That night we had some of the best Chicken Satay from a local village restaurant, beautifully cooked on charcoal.
After a good sleep and hearty breakfast, we navigated along a series of planks, back to the Jetty where Mr Ikin was waiting to start our journey across the spectacularly mammoth floodplain, Lake Jempang, which covers 450 Kms. The journey seemed to take an eternity, it was otherworldly being in the middle of this expanse, with a slight swell, stiff breeze, with only a few fisherman working their nets, and only the faint outline of land in the horizon. Large mushroom-like clouds filled the sky, threatening rain, then as we came to lakes edge a large silver dome of a Mosque sparkled, this was the fishing village of Jantur. Mr Ikin navigated is way through the winding river of the village as I enjoyed watching kids running beside us waving, all local people seemed happy to see us. Their way of life seemed very sustainable working with nature.

Onhong creek or "Blackwater Creek" was the highlight of the day, with its tannin stayed waters, providing a mirror-like reflection of the surrounding flora and fauna. Mangroves forest made a perfect home for the Probosci's monkeys, as Ikin stopped the boat on many occasions, spotting animals and giving us the perfect opportunity to observe. We were not rushed and seen many beautiful creatures covering monitor lizards up close, Yellow and Black tree snake, 4 species of Kingfishers. On this day we visited the Mancong village and walked around the beautifully crafted longhouse, once home to the Dayak villagers, before heading back to Tanjung Isuy where we would stay at another traditional longhouse named "Louu Taman Jamrud". The rooms were comfortable with a double bed, fan and cold showers. We ate at a local restaurant, again the theme of the trip so far Nasi-Goreng, Patim (Native fish), Mee Goreng, Meatballs, Gado Gado, Indonesian Tea and Coffees.

The next day was spent on foot exploring the village by ourselves, meeting the local people, buying crafts, before we journeyed back across the Lake to Muara Muntai, where we boarded a public houseboat that night, for our journey back to Samarinda. The houseboat was comfortable, we shared the upper deck with locals, and were supplied a lovely yellow rice wrapped in banana leaves for breakfast. Memmet was like clockwork, picked us up and our last part of the adventure would end in Kutai National park with Mr Udin and Ikbal.

The journey was around 4 hours via Bontang – Sangatta, we had rested and ate feed well, with no delays. At Sangatta we boarded a motorised canoe to go upriver for about 30 minutes to Mentoko, where the rangers headquarters were located at Kutai National Park. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Orangutans feeding in the Arran trees, enjoying the last of the afternoon's sun, and a very friendly cat. This was an older style camp, however, the facilities were comfortable, with Mosquito nets and cooked meals. Once we rested and ate, our jungle nature trail began. We did an early evening and late walk, with Iqbal and Mr Udin. The jungle sounds rang with life, we seen many species of insects, large ants to giant Tarantulas, the highlight though in the morning was seeing the Orangutans.

We were returned safely back to our guesthouse in Balikpapan, filled with stories, laughter and joy for the adventure we had just experienced. The facilities over the course of the trip were adequate and what you would expect for village life. There are not many tourists, I saw one in that 5 day period. This is a good introduction for those wanting to visit East Kalimantan in a short period, spending an extra week would be more relaxing. This place is very special.

Terima Kasih, Selamat Tinggal Sampai Kita Bertemu Lagi...
Written February 19, 2018
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Wowww...its lovely to hear your experience in Mahakam river. We are very happy to serve you sir...Thank you so much... Kalimantan Tour Guide team...
Written February 23, 2018
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Therese Lavallee
2 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
We are three Danish girls, and had no expectations of Balikpapan nor Borneo. There are very few tour agencys in Balikpapan and generel information and good english skills can be hard to find. Luckely we found Nila (and this agency) and her help was just what we needed. We went first on a one day tour which was great with super good guides and nice things to see. Because we were so happy with the tour we also booked a jungle tour and went on a longer tour to the National Park and saw wild orangotangs. We were actually super overwelmed by the tour and help and everything. So thank you for some great times and a tours that we wont forget ever
Written August 23, 2019
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Dear Therese, Sille and Amelia I do thank for your review, its very nice you could enjoy all the tour in Balikpapan and Kutai National Park. Enjoy your day... Kalimantan Tour Guide team
Written December 25, 2019
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Nina T
Antwerp, Belgium124 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
We went on a 6 day rivertour with Djumrie and it was amazing. If you visit East-Kalimantan, don't miss this trip! Djumrie is a great and funny guide who makes a big effort to make your trip as good as possible. He knows a lot about the area and let you see beautiful nature, animals and cultural heritage you can never discover on your own. We went on the Mahakamriver and to remote villages with a small motorized canoe and every day we had a full program and we saw other things. We had so much fun! I recommend this guide!
Written August 3, 2019
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Dear Nient2014, I do thank for your review. We are Kalimantan Tour Guide team very happy to welcome you into our island. I am so happy you are enjoying the trip with our best guide Djumrie. Again thank you so much. Kalimantan Tour Guide team
Written August 4, 2019
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Margriet C
Helmond, The Netherlands7 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We did an eight day (backpack) tour with guide Djumri. The first four days we spend on Mahakam River. We cruised the river, visited a lot of interesting places (e.g. a family that made palmsugar and a rubberplantation). We spend the nights in local guesthouses. These guesthouses were basic but clean and almost all had ´western´ toilets. It were four lovely days.
After that we traveled back to the beginning of the river with a public (night) houseboat. This was a very nice experience because you can realy see how the local people live and have to travel.
The last days we spend in Kutai Park, where we saw an orang oetan mother with het two year old child. It was an amazing experience.
Nila did a great job arranging this trip. Everything was excellently organised.
Djumri was a great guide. He knows a lot of the region ánd he is a very friendly guy.
Written August 27, 2018
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Dear Margriet, I do thank for you comment and also thanks a lot for supporting us. Best regards, Nila - Kalimantan Tour Guide team.
Written August 28, 2018
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