Spread out between the Katingan and the Sebangau Rivers, just at the outskirt of Palangkaraya,, the Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan is one of the last remaining peat swamp forests in Borneo. The vast national park covering approximately 568,700-hectare is home to over 6,000 orangutans, forming one of the world’s largest populations in the wild. Aside from its rich biodiversity, the forest is also known for its special ecosystem: that of the black water ecosystem. This particular ecosystem was created from decomposing organic matter living in these peat swamps, resulting in the blackened water and the unique variety of organisms.
Aside from being the home of huge communities of orangutans, the park is also habitat to 35 species of mammals, 116 species of Borneo typical birds, 36 species of fish, and about 166 species of flora.
Amidst the peat swamp forests, the National Park also offers beautiful scenery of pristine hills. From the top of Bukit Batu or Rock Hill, one overlooks the Sebangau National Park and all its fascinating scenery. The hill is also the perfect spot for bird watching since white Herons, swallows, Green Cucaks, Keruang, Kepodang, and Bald Eagles are among some of the exotic birds that nest here on the hills. A long and challenging trek is available at Bukit Bulan or the Moon Hill. As trekkers make their way up the hill, they will be presented with refreshing trails along the Sungai Bulan, or Moon River. A unique ecosystem of peat swamp and granite rocks is observable at Bukit Kaki or Foot Hill. The granite rockz cause a dry environment, and thus the trees are different from those in the surrounding environment.
In the Sebangau National park are also crystal clear, refreshing, fresh water lakes. These lakes are also habitat to various species of fish and other distinct flora and fauna, and are the best place to watch nature‘s process at its finest. These magnificent lakes are known as Bulat Lake (Round Lake), Punggualas Lake, Jalan Pangen Lake, and Panjang Lake (Long Lake).
|Location||Central Kalimantan, Palangkaraya|
|Dates||Dec – Sept|
|Include||.Motorized boat, guides, drinking water, simple lunch, as in itinerary|
|Exclude||Airfares, hotel, airport tax, porter, optional tours|
07.00 – 07.30
- Our guide will meet you at Palangka Raya airport or hotel.
07.30 – 08.00
- Transfer by car to Kereng Bangkirai jetty to board the boat.
08.00 – 09.00
- Start the adventure by motorized canoe around the black water Lake Sebangau. Entering the small Koran River, we will pass Rasau forest before reaching the trekking trail.
09.00 – 12.00
- Our trek starts as you enter the peat swamp forest on the edge of the Sebangau National Park. The first part is a trek through the dense forest of about 2-3 hours. Along the way, we can observe monkeys, birds, and other wildlife. If lucky, a wild orangutan may be observed in the tree tops. Normally, orangutans are solitary in the forest, or there could be a mother and child.
12.00 – 13.30
- Back to the camp. We will have a simple lunch in the middle of the forest. You also can swim in the fresh black water river to clean you body after trekking.
13.30 – 14.30
- Boat up the the small river behind the camp to spot the wildlife again. Please note all the sightseeing with the wildlife is not guaranteed because we are in their habitats, all the animal is wild, not in the cage.
14.30 – 15.15
- Back to Kereng Bangkirai Jetty.
15.15 – 15.45
- The car is waiting, we will transfer you back the hotel in Palangkaraya. See you next trip.