SAMBOJA ECO LODGE - EAST
A new venture for The Borneo Orangutan
Survival Foundation (BOSF) is the construction of our
Samboja Lodge facility. Here, for the first time,
visitors will be able to work closely with us in the
many projects currently active in Samboja Lestari in aid
of saving our rainforests and the orangutan.
The Lodge's unique design is based upon local
architecture. All interior and exterior walls are made
of recycled materials. The cosmetic touches are all
traditional Kalimantan handicrafts and are produced by
both local and Dayak communities around the Island. You
can even purchase these items if you decide you like
The Lodge is surrounded by lush
vegetation and each room has its own patio or balcony in
which to enjoy the greenery. The glass doors can fold
open allowing you to choose between having a barrier to
nature, or being completely open to it!
The area around the Lodge has been planted with many
indigenous tree species, flowers and fruiting trees.
There is also a salt lake, which attracts many animals
right beside the Lodge. The Lodge rooms also overlook
the Orangutan Islands. At night, the evening sky is full
of stars and the Southern Cross is easily visible.
It is our hope that your stay with us will encourage you
to continue your support for the preservation of our
natural spaces. Through our planned visitors activities,
you will be able to become a part of our daily work
team. In this way, you will gain first hand knowledge on
what is required to rebuild a forest and protect its
wildlife. So come on, get your hands dirty, work and eat
with us, and plant your own special tree as a lasting
memory of your visit! You will even be able to track
your tree's progress on the Internet.
Samboja refers to an area in
Kalimantan about an hours
drive from the capital city, Balipapan. About fifty
years ago the area was clear cut by logging companies
and left to fend on its own. The results were typical of
deforested areas: soil depletion, species loss, and
hearty fast growing "weedy" plants covering the
previously forested landscape. The Samboja organization,
part of BOS (The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation),
consists of three different projects; orangutan and
sunbear rehabilitation and with the orangutans, eventual
release back into their natural habitat, reforestation
of the area with hardwood trees, and an ecolodge. We
took our students to Samboja for a week so they could
experience first hand a very interesting and unique
aspect of Indonesia.
Currently has 26 rooms completed (22 standard rooms with
beds for sharing, AC) and 2 suites (queen size beds, AC
and hot water) and 2 treetops suites (king size beds,
fantastic views, AC and hot water).
The Lodge consists of two long levels and a center
The lower level contains 12 rooms (6 on either side of
the center tower), each with its own patio, private
bathroom and twin beds for double occupancy.
The upper level has 10 rooms with balcony, private
bathroom and twin beds for double occupancy as well.
upper level has two VIP guests rooms with Queen size
beds, air conditioning and hot water.
The ground level portion of the center tower houses a
communal area for dining, laundry and kitchen facilites,
Internet access area
The upper level of the tower accomodates two master VVIP
suites complete with king size beds, Jacuzzi and large
picture windows overlooking the Samboja Lestari area.
There is also a large viewing platform open to all
Samboja Lodge is about 38 km from Balikpapan, East
Kalimantan. Flights arrive daily to Balikpapan's
International Airport from Jakarta or Singapore. You can
reach Samboja Lodge with a taxi from the Airport, for 45
- 50 minutes.
Air - There are regular flights between Singapore and
Jakarta to Balikpapan as well as flights from other
Indonesian cities like Banjarmasin, Pontianak and
Denpassar so it is comparatively easy and quick to move
from one city to another.
Taxis - Taxis are available from the airport and
from the city although Lodge guests will be met at the
airport and taken to The Samboja Lodge in our own
Angkots - local mini-vans are available and used
to transport local people for a small fee in and around
the areas of Balikpapan and neighbouring villages.
Local Markets - There are many traditional
markets in Balikpapan and Samarinda (including Dayak
handicrafts), as well as handicrafts made by local
people in and around Samboja Lestari, which can be
purchased at the Lodge.