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Bergen, Norway
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

A great place with a mission to save the endangered orangutans and sun bears. Staff and volunteers work with former pets and animals from circuses with a goal to release them back into the nature. A limited number of animals, not fit for realease due to illness, are kept on artificial islands for visitors to see. Trip from Balikpapan takes...

Thank dmigor54
Bali, Indonesia
Reviewed 11 November 2016

it's a must place to go when you visit Kalimantan!! you can see the some species of monkeys and also Orang Utan from Indonesia. Book room in the top Eagle room or something i forgot the name.. so you can wake up in the morning and see large beautiful forest from your room

Thank Danna F
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a wildlife rehabilitation centre, mainly for orang utans which would not survive in the wild for various reasons. We took a 4 hour visit with a guide, costing 500,000rp each (2 of us) and it was well worth it. You begin by walking to the nearby islands which are the sanctuaries for the orang utans. The guide is...

Thank Yorkshireman27
Jakarta, Indonesia
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Love the place. You can visit the orangutan rehabilitation and sunbear sanctuary here. There will be a project manager that will accompany you through your stay. The project manager was very nice and explained about orangutan rehabilitation and sunbear sanctuary very well. I learned a lot about wildlife conservation during my stay there. For a wildlife sanctuary, this place is...

Thank peggybunny
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This is one of the very few places in the world where you can meet the orangutan and learn about their lifestyle. At the same time you can appreciate the effort that the BOS fundation is doing to prevent them from extinction and help them to be reintroduced in their natural habitat. You will also have the chance to see...

1Thank jarnoguidi
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

The lodge is about an hour and a half from the airport. The rooms are clean but be prepared for having to sleep under mosquito nets and cold showers. Plus the water coming out of the shower, sink and toilet are all brown and basically directly pulled from the dirty river. You'll want to brush your teeth with bottled water....

Thank linitasmiles
Jakarta, Indonesia
Reviewed 28 March 2016

We recently visited Samboja lodge in Kalimantan. The Lodge is just an hour drive away from Balikpapan making it a perfect day trip or weekend overnight getaway. I live in Jakarta so it is even a great weekend getaway from the bustling capital. The rooms are decent and well maintained. They are pricey yes, but hey - the Orang Utan's...

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samboja l, Manager at Samboja Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much. This is such amazing for us as a conservation project to have a guest like you, who has excellent understanding of how we are exerting all efforts to save orangutans and sunbears in a part of Borneo. We'll keep our enthusiastic and hope for more people to support us as you do. Looking forward to meet...

Reviewed 30 November 2015 via mobile

Took a few friends to Samoja lodge an hours drive from Balikpapan. Unbelievable place with lots of orangutans and bears up close. Been in Balikpapan a long time and never knew about it. Can day visit or stay overnight. Nice lunch and guide inc for about $50 Aud. Not on Trip Advisor???? Will be No 1 when and or listed....

Thank Christina M
samboja l, Manager at Samboja Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much! $50 is mean a lot for our orangutan & sunbear. We hope for more peoples to support us as you do. Looking forward to meet you again at Samboja Lestari.

Ancona, Italy
Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

What an experience! The place, the staff.. they are just amazing. We had an amazing stay, everything was great. The staff can plan great activities for your whole day. Food is buffet and it's nice also. We had a very nice room with view over the forest. The only thing is that they don't have hot water.. and after a...

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samboja l, Manager at Samboja Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much, has become a donor for our conservation project in Samboja Lestari! Dreaming about a lot of peoples support us like you do! All of our orangutans and sunbears also all the staffs wish you all the best! Look forward to meet you again!

Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

One night will do. Don't stay longer you will be disappointed unless the management changes. They need to do a lot of improvements. We stayed there 3 nights. One day we were 10 customers in all hotel. 2nd and 3rd day we were alone ( 2ppl). We got different treated no buffet anymore. Bar service is bad. Reception okay. No...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
the lodge and surroundings.staying at samboja lodge you are the centre of 2000hectare reserve of unique,regenerating rainforest.exotic birds will come to your balcony and the frog singing to you in the evening.samboja lodge offers modern facilities with open restaurant serving traditional indonesian meals.you while staying in comfort.the lodge has two tower suite rooms,two queen suite,and standart rooms.all rooms have air conditioning,and musquito nett.stay in the tower suite is an forgettable experience.high above the canopy you can enjoy spectacular views,even from your bathub....please come and visit samboja lodge...best regards agus.. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Samboja Lodge

Address: Jalan Balikpapan-Handil, Rt.01 Km.44 Margomulyo | Samboja, Balikpapan 75273, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Kalimantan > East Kalimantan > Balikpapan
Price Range: ₹ 7,354 - ₹ 7,956 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Samboja Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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“top room to see a best view”
  • top of the room
 of 5 bubbles 483beem, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Choose the rooms on 1st floor; bring wine along”
 of 5 bubbles SwissFoodieTraveler, 27 Mar 2016 | Read review
“First floor better than ground floor.”
  • View of the orangutan island on arrival
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  • Level 1 standard room
 of 5 bubbles 243darlenen, 1 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Only King Room and Standard Room have hot water for bathing. Only King Rooms (there are 2 rooms only) that stay on the tree top.”
  • King room
  • Sunrise from the King room
 of 5 bubbles Lisahendrawan, 10 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Pay the extra and get the rooms at the top of the canopy - with hot water. We had the basic room and liked it but the view and the hot water would just made it 'perfect'.”
  • View from room looking out at balcony into the forest - could watch birds and squirrels...
  • We chose single beds, standard room (travelling with my daughter)
 of 5 bubbles 937ericas, 24 Oct 2014 | Read review
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