Tanjung Puting National Park
Tanjung Puting is a natural wonder. Located in the peninsula on the south coast of the world's third largest tropical rain forest of Borneo, in Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. Tanjung Putting national park is 300.040 hectares large and is well-known as a world-class reserve. The park is a nature and wildlife reserve for lowland and swamp forests, inhabited by orangutans, owa-owas, bekantans and other primates.
The park was set aside in the 1930s by the Dutch colonial government for the protection of the orangutans and proboscis monkey, and was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1977 and a national park in 1982. Various rare bird species can also be found in the area. The Danau Burung (Bird Lake) is a heaven for many thousands of birds. Groups of rare turtles are found along the coast. The Southern part of Tanjung Puting is bordered by the coastal area that is facing the Java Sea. Here, Bogam Bay is a popular and pleasant seaside resort. To the North you find the Kumai River with very beautiful scenery.
Travel to Tanjung Puting National Park
The way to Tanjung Puting National Park goes via the town of Pangkalan Bun. Pangkalan Bun can be reached by air with
two airlines, Kal-Star Aviation and Trigana Air. For booking tickets online you may also check the website of Ticket Indonesia.
In order to enter the park you first need to register a Pangkalan Bun police station. Bring a photocopy of your passport and visa. Second, visit the PHKA office (national park office) where you have to register for Rp. 70,000. You need again a photocopy of your passport and visa. Third, head to the town of Kumai, either by angkot (Rp. 7,500), or by taxi (Rp. 70,000). From Kumai you can arrange the transport upriver via a klotok. A klotok is a wooden river boat with a roof. From there the surrounding flora and fauna can be viewed perfectly. It costs around Rp. 700,000 a day including food.
You should plan at least 3 days on the river, where you visit the various research camps for orangutan watching. The oldest most famous is Camp Leakey, but meanwhile several other camps are also well established. In order to get to the orangutan feeding stations, you will have a small walk through the jungle.
IMPORTANT. Bring closed boots and insect repellent. Never swim in the river, unless you want to be a crocodile's breakfast.