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Looking for a bit of adventure beyond watching orangutans in the wild? Then, you should try this orangutan adventure package in Tanjung Puting National Park. Sister Tour would like to take you exploring the park at night, replanting trees, and visit the village to learn their daily.
You will be staying in a kelotok (houseboat) during this tour and wake up in the morning by the sound of the forest.
Please note that there is no five-star hotel facility in the Tanjung Puting National Park. However, you may find three-star hotels in Pangkalan Bun. If you do not feel like staying on board during the trip, there is an option to stay overnight in accommodation services near the national park such as Rimba Ecolodge, Flora Homestay, or local homestays in Sekonyer Village. Please send your inquiry for further information.
Arrive at Pangkalan Bun Airport (PKN) in the morning and one of guides from Sister Tour will pick you up, then transfer you to Kumai. Start cruising up the Kumai and Sekonyer River. Enjoy your first lunch with traditional food on the kelotok.
After two hours cruising deeper of Sekonyer River, you will stop by the jetty of Tanjung Harapan Camp to see orangutans in their natural habitat. It takes short trekking around 20 minutes to get to the orangutans feeding platform. Feeding time in Tanjung Harapan starts at 3:00 p.m.
When you are ready, you walk back to the boat and start cruising up Sekonyer River. It is a good time to watch Proboscis monkeys back home in the late afternoon. Free time in the evening and have supper on the kelotok. Stay overnight on board.
After breakfast, you will head straight slowly to the legendary Leakey Camp. You can enjoy more the view of a blackwater river. If you are lucky enough, you might see orangutan at the riverbank, various birds (stork-billed kingfisher is quite common there), and false garials crocodile.
On arrival in Leakey Camp, walk up to the camp to see the Orangutan Information Center. Continue the tour to see the orangutan feeding at 2 p.m., enjoy your time till 4:00 p.m. Walk back to the boat. Park the boat at Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station for a night walk (optional). You may find nocturnal primates or wild cats at night in the jungle. Dinner and overnight on board.
After breakfast, go downstream of Sekonyer River and head to Pondok Tanggui Camp to see orangutan at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy Pondok Tanggui until 10:00 a.m. After that, walk back to the boat and visit the reforestation project of the Friends of National Park Foundation, a local NGO (non-government organization) partner. You are more than welcome to join in replanting trees.
When you are ready, back to the boat and heading to the village of Sekonyer to learn local daily activities. Lunch will be served on board before your visit to the village. In the village, you may learn and practice weaving a simple mat, made from reeds. Back to the boat and look for more proboscis monkeys rooting in trees along the riverbank. Dinner and overnight on board.
After breakfast, go boating to Kumai. From Kumai, you will transfer you to your hotel or the airport. End of tour and thank you for visiting Tanjung Puting National Park with Sister Tour.
Tanjung Puting National Park is the homeland of orangutans in southern Borneo. Tanjung Puting was originally declared as a game reserve in 1935. It became a National Park in 1982. Tanjung Puting is the largest and most diverse protected example of extensive coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest which used to cover much of southern Borneo.
Tanjung Puting is covered by a complex mosaic of diverse lowland habitats. It contains 3,040 square kilometers (or 1,174 square miles) of low lying swampy terrain punctuated by blackwater rivers which flow into the Java Sea. At the mouth of these rivers and along the sea coast are found nipa/mangrove swamps. Mangroves teem with animal life.
Tanjung Puting also includes tall dry ground tropical rain forest, primarily tropical heath forest, with a canopy of 30 meters (approximately 100 feet) with “emergents” exceeding 50 meters (approximately 165 ft) in height, seasonally inundated peat swamp forest with peat in layers two or more meters (approximately seven feet) deep, open depression lakes formed by fire, and open areas of abandoned dry rice fields now covered with elephant grass and ferns. The tropical heath forest which is called “kerangas” in parts of Borneo, is only found on very poor, typically white-sandy soils and is characterized by medium-sized trees.
The best-known animals in Tanjung Puting are the orangutans, made famous through the long-term efforts of the Orangutan Research and Conservation Program (predecessor to OFI), based at the landmark Camp Leakey research station. Tanjung Puting also boasts the bizarre looking proboscis monkey with its “Jimmy Durante” nose as well as seven other primate species. Clouded leopards, civets, and Malaysian sun bears cavort in the park, as do mouse deer, barking deer, sambar deer, and the wild cattle known as banteng. Tanjung Puting hosts over 230 species of birds, including hornbills, deep forest birds, and many wetland species.
Tanjung Puting is well known for its “bird lakes,” seasonal rookeries for a half a dozen species of endangered waterbirds, including the only known Bornean nesting grounds for white egrets. Tanjung Puting also has two species of crocodiles, dozens of snakes and frogs, numerous threatened species, including the fortune-bringing and highly endangered “dragon” fish also known as the Arwana (bony-tongue). Among the most flamboyant of these animals are the many species of colorful birds, butterflies, and moths found in the Park.
Tanjung Puting sits on a peninsula that juts out into the Java Sea. The peninsula is low lying and swampy with a spine of dry ground which rises a few feet above the omnipresent swamp. The north of Tanjung Puting is characterized by gentle hills and gold-bearing alluvial plains. Nowhere does the altitude rise above 100-200 feet in Tanjung Puting.
Tanjung Puting is a veritable hothouse of eco-diversity. The diverse habitat zones shelter slightly different fauna and flora providing a great variety of microhabitats for plants and animals and thus, the opportunity for many species to be present in close proximity. In a Bornean context, tropical heath forest by itself is not representative of the largest trees, the tallest canopy, or the most diverse ecosystem.
Tropical swamp ecosystems are little represented in protected areas throughout Southeast Asia but are omnipresent in Tanjung Puting. In the peat swamp forest, many trees have stilt roots or aerial roots as adaptations to frequent flooding.
Aside from its remarkable biological attributes, Tanjung Puting is highly important for the well-being of the surrounding local human population. The wetlands provide vital ecological services such as flood control, stream control regulation, erosion control, natural biological filtration system, and seasonal nurseries for fish which are the major source of local animal protein. Many of these services have an impact well beyond the local area. For instance, the waters surrounding Tanjung Puting attract fishing vessels from many different parts of Indonesia. In addition, local people benefit from a great variety of forest products including honey, waxes, aromatic woods, fibers for ropes and cloth, medicinal plants, fuel oils, thatching materials, rattan, firewood, incense, wild rubber, edible latexes, resins, natural pesticides, fungicides and possible virocides.
For the above reasons and many other reasons not noted, Tanjung Puting is recognized as one of the most important and outstanding provincial treasures in Kalimantan Tengah. The national government has also made a strong commitment to protect the forest, its wildlife, and to manage the park wisely. Tanjung Puting has increasingly gained international prestige and recognition. As a result, more and more visitors from all over the world are experiencing a fresh new outlook on nature and an appreciation of the tropical rain forest which was humankind’s original “Garden of Eden.”
In Kalimantan, however, much of the swamp habitat has been converted, both permanently and on shifting cultivation basis, to rice fields. Swamp habitats, as found in Tanjung Puting, are becoming more difficult to find. Although Tanjung Puting has suffered some encroachment from human activity, the Park area is still wild and pristine. The vegetation supports a large population of animals, making this one of the most important areas in Southeast Asia for the preservation primates, birds, reptiles and fish.
Tanjung Puting is one of the natural wonders of the world. You may not believe this after you have been there only two days or three days, but after the fourth or fifth day, something happens. You are captivated completely by the purity of the air, the openness of the night sky with the most remarkable view of the Milky Way, the magnificence and dignity of the gentle orangutans, the thundering downpours that instantly cool the air, and the clarity of the brilliant crimson sunsets.
All meals on board are served fresh and hygiene. Beverages and local chef service during the tour are also included. Please let Sister Tour know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. Please note that the local government has banned any alcoholic beverages trade since a few years ago due to so many accidents and problems with alcohol.
The nearest airport town to Tanjung Puting is Pangkalan Bun (PKN). You can fly to Pangkalan Bun from three major cities in Java in terms of Jakarta, Semarang, and Surabaya. Currently, there are only four airlines that serve the route to Pangkalan Bun: Trigana, Wings (Lion Air Group), NAM (Sriwijaya Group), Transnusa. Flights to / from Pangkalan Bun are quite limited, too. Please visit the official website of each airline to check the timetable. Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. Sister Tour team will pick you up at the airport.
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