Reviews

“Looking for a possibility to customize our klotok trip, I found this website and contacted Siti with loads of questions, which she answered promptly. As we had enough time, my son (age 10), and I wanted to stay a few days in the national park before we started with the boat.”

“Siti picked us up from the airport herself and during the taxi trip to Kumai and the speed boat trip to Tanjung Puting she answered all our questions about what we saw, amongst many other interesting sights, the first orangutans and proboscis monkeys.”

“We were lucky to have chosen Flora Homestay, because the owner Pak Bana is not only a most helpful host and fantastic cook, but as the homestay is right next to Sekonyer Village we soon felt “integrated” in the village life. I had fun washing our clothes together with the women at the jetty in the morning, my son played and swam with the kids at a crocodile-safe place.”

“For our klotok trip Siti had chosen Pak Dedy as our guide, who doesn’t only speak excellent English, but shared with us his love for the river, the jungle and the animals, big and small. He fortunately brought his binoculars, which brought us the faces of the great apes even closer.”

“Food on the klotok was again very tasty, varied every meal, and was more than enough. We slept perfectly well under the mosquito net on the upper deck with the night sounds of the jungle. Air condition is more than superfluous, as the nights become quite fresh and the sound of the generator will drown the fascinating night sounds. During the trips, we could recharge our camera on the boat.”

“As we traveled in December we were concerned about too much rain, but it rained shortly and heavily, and stopped again. The boat was nearly watertight with lots of canvas. We never got wet. Rain gear is commendable for the hikes to the feeding stations. The plus for rainy season: there are not as many tourists.”

“The highlight of our trip was an orangutan mother, who just climbed down from her sleeping nest with her baby clinging to her back when we got up in the morning. As we had anchored on the small “Black River” for the night they were only a very short distance away. Fascinated, we watched each other having breakfast (she munched the bases of pandanus leaves) for more than an hour.”

“We went twice to the feeding station at Camp Leakey, as it is the biggest of the three feeding stations, with lots of orangutans arriving for their fruit snack.”

“After the trip we stayed another few days at Flora Homestay. Siti stayed in contact to make sure everything was fine. We felt really pampered. Pak Bana looked after us just as well as the days before. I might have to consider a diet :-)”

“Siti also organized our transport back to the airport, which again was comfortable and punctual.”

“Thank you, Ibu Siti, Pak Bana and Pak Dedy for this wonderful experience. We will be back.”

– Monika, Germany, December 2016

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“Well, how to start… maybe with the beginning? We found Siti’s contact information by accident on the Internet. When we sent the first email asking for a klotok tour, our destiny for a wonderful Kalimantan journey was sealed. From the very first moment she met us at the airport until the last day of our Borneo journey, she was our guiding angel, introducing us to the nature, local life, and local people. She did everything and so much more to make Kalimantan the deepest experience we had on our seven month journey around the world. Besides seeing the orangutans—one of those incredible lifetime experiences that words cannot describe!—we spent five more days with Siti, richly experiencing the daily lives of the Kalimanatan people. Siti was with us the whole time, showing us the hidden places, introducing us to local families and people, and taking care that we were never hungry 😉 We more than recommend taking a tour with Siti! She was not only a simple tour guide, she laughed and smiled her way deep into our heart. If you go to Kumai, make sure you do more than take a Tanjung Puting klotok boat tour. Take the time to check out the evil palm oil plantations and lovely Karaya beach, and make sure Siti is by your side for good talks about life, love, religion, dreams and good giggles. There is nothing more to say. Go for it—you will not regret the opportunity to travel with Siti.”

– Heike and Doerte, Germany, Orangutans Forever, February 2015

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“We obtained the expertise of Siti, who helped to arrange for a guide and a klotok (slow boat) for our journey in the next few days. She is a friendly and amazing lady who really knows her way around…Siti, the ever helpful lady that she was, took all the steps necessary to make sure we did not miss our flight. You see, the klotok trip from the mainland to our hotel Rimba Ecolodge took almost 3 hours! Me being the reasonably easy-to-panic person that I am, was very worried that we might miss our flight, but Siti came on a speedboat at 5.30am and within one hour we managed to reach the airport! Heck, the airport wasn’t even open when we arrived. Thank you Siti, for all your hard work and exceptional service. Kudos to the guide too (maaf pak, namamu saya udah lupa) and his young assistant and all the boat crew for a wonderful and memorable experience…It is advisable to hire locals such as Siti as the money they receive will go directly to them and not to the big companies which give low wages to their staff. Furthermore, the fees are evidently cheaper and their services are catered to you personally…”

– Escaping Within blog, escapingwithin.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/orang-utan/, August 2015

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“Siti took me all around Kumai and Pangkalan Bun—even a local wedding. She is a personable, intelligent, and energetic woman, and an absolutely delightful tour guide. Through Siti’s market tour, homestay visits, and exploration of the Pangkalan Bun and Kumai historical sites, I was able to experience the local life of Kumai’s local people. She took great effort to make sure all the klotok details were meticulously taken care of and made my visit to Kumai and Pangkalan Bun the highlight of the my six-week trip to Indonesia! Siti has worked for several tour operators, organizing their klotok trips and arranging all the trip details, as well as working as a guide for several years. She knows the guides, boat captains, and cooks, and everything necessary for a wonderful klotok tour of Tanjung Puting National Park. She hired Chef Dayang, a local freelance chef, as our boat cook—truly the most enjoyable meals during my whole trip. I highly recommend Siti as an independent tour guide for your klotok boat tour of Tanjung Puting National Park! Please feel free to email me with questions.”

– Elise, United States, March 2014

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“I had the pleasure of meeting Siti whilst in Tanjung puting NP. She is a wonderful, caring and extremly helpful and competent guide. I recommend anyone considering a klotok trip to Tanjung Puting National Park to seek her services as a guide.”

-Marie767, Australia via Tripadvisor, June 2014

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“Thank you so much for your post about Siti. She is amazing and put together an incredible tour of Tanjung Puting for me. She picked the best guide, cook, captain and crew. Her energy is tireless and she is such a caring person. Thanks a million for spreading the news about her!”

-Marie G. via Tripadvisor, July 2014

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