Palangka Raya is the capital of the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, also famously known as Central Borneo situated between the Kahayan and the Sabangau rivers. The closest airport serving the city is Tjilik Riwut.
The city had a population of 220,962 inhabitants at the 2010 Census (compared with 158,770 at the previous Census in 2000), with an average population density of 92.1 per km² (Indonesian Population Census 2010 results). The latest official estimate (as at January 2014) is 236,601.
The city was built in 1957 (Emergency Law 10/1957 on the establishment of the Autonomous Region Central Kalimantan Level I) on wilderness that opened through the Pahandut village alongside Kahayan river banks. Palangka Raya is the largest city by land area in Indonesia. Most of the area is still forested, including protected forests, nature conservation areas, and Tangkiling Forest.
The national park is centered on Sabangau River, a blackwater river. It flows through the Kelompok Hutan Kahayan or Sabangau peat swamp forest (5,300 km2), between the Katingan and Kahayan rivers. The peat swamp forest is a dual ecosystem, with diverse tropical trees standing on a 10m – 12m layer of peat – partly decayed and waterlogged plant material – which in turn covers relatively infertile soil.
|Location||Central Kalimantan, Palangkaraya|
|Includes||Transfer in and out from and to airport, hotel, Boat or Klotok, Guide (English), Cook, Meals (B,L,D) during the trip, Coffee or tea and mineral water, Ranger donation, Entrance permit.|
|Exludes||Airfares, Personal expenses, Additional tour, Porter, Personal insurance, Tipping|
Day 1: Airport - Trekking Sebangau National Park – Palangkaraya
Our guide will meet you at Palangka Raya airport or hotel. Then Transfer by car to Kereng Bangkirai jetty to board the boat. 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. 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.
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 your body after trekking. 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.
Back to Kereng Bangkirai Jetty and transfer back to the hotel in Palangkaraya. (L/D)
Day 2: Palangkaraya – BOSF Information Centre - Orangutan Island
After breakfast the guide will pick you from the hotel and transfer to BOSF information centre in Tahai Village. See the Orangutan behind the glass and watch the short movie about the Orangutan. The BOSF officer wills also explaining about the process of the rehabilitation of the Orangutan from the first step until they go back wild in the forest. Transfer to the jetty to take a motorized canoe to visit Bapalas Island, the pre release island where the Orangutan doing their last step before going back to the forest. We will see them from the boat.
Back to the jetty and having lunch in Tangkiling. Proceed to Sei Gohong Village then take another small motorized canoe to see the Orangutan on Kaja Island. After the orangutan we will go upstream the smaller river and swim on small black water like, experience the only chance to swim in tea in your lifetime. Back to the jetty and transfer back to the Hotel in Palangkaraya. [B/L/D]
Day 3: Palangkaraya – Aiport
After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch you flight. Optional city tour visiting Museum, local marker, riverside and exploring the riverlife by motorized canoe. The Tour end, see you next trip. (B)