Due to several reasons, some travelers choose a place that is very far from the crowds. Entering the jungle, trying to get closer to nature was as deep as their adventurous soul. Some are for a moment, some even last longer. Feeling challenged or wild in your imagination, so you choose the forest as your destination.
Of course, Indonesia has a lot of natural tourist objects that make this possible. If you are one of those who want it, one of the best ideas is to have a vacation to to Borneo or Kalimantan. Find Tanjung Puting on the southwest peninsula of Central Kalimantan. The location covers three sub-districts, namely Kumai, Hanau, and Seruyan Hilir.
In the past, Tanjung Puting was a colonial heritage reserve primarily for the protection of Orang Utans and Proboscis monkeys. In 1977, this nature reserve was designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve in Indonesia. Meanwhile, since 1996 it has been officially converted into a national park with an area of 415,040 ha.
Due to its attractiveness, visits to Tanjung Puting National Park continue to increase. In April 2018, the number of tourists reached 16,778, dominated by foreign tourists. Be one of the domestic travelers who joins the exotic tropical forest which is proclaimed as Bali’s 11th.
For a moment, forget the completely digital side of modernity. Within the limitations of electricity and signal, Tanjung Puting National Park will invite you to carry out various memorable activities in the wild, including in its vast water areas. Interested? Here are some recommendations for interesting activities to do.
Wading the Sekonyer River “Indonesia’s Amazon”
Tanjung Puting National Park has a walkway on its long river waters. In order to pamper the tourists who come, the klotok boat now has an additional function besides being the main mode of transportation there.
The wooden boat with a length of about 20 meters was designed in such a way as to allow adventurers to live in it for several days. For a duration of 3 days 2 nights and includes meals, the rental rate is around Rp. 2.3 million.
During the cruise from Kumai Pier to finishing at Camp Leakey, you can feel the thrill of life floating in the river in the jungle. Enjoy Tanjung Puting’s typical natural offerings which are rich in flora and fauna, including crocodiles that like to cross rivers.
Get closer to the orang-utan and his friends
Tanjung Puting is home to around 38 species of mammals and seven of them are protected primates. There are thousands of Bornean orangutans in this forest, including the proboscis monkey herd which is also the typical fauna of the Kalimantan forest.
Seeing their lives in their habitat is the main goal of tourists coming to this national park. So, my friend must prepare themselves with their behavior. Apart from orangutans and proboscis monkeys, there are also uwa-uwa, monkeys, langurs, and red monkeys.
Orangutans and friends usually congregate in special camps, namely Camp Leakey, Pondok Tanggui, Tanjung Harapan, and at Pesalat. Interesting activity is feeding where you can feed directly at a very close distance.
Fun Trekking and Sweating in Lush Forest
Trekking is an activity that cannot be avoided in this national park. In fact, to be able to meet orangutans in the available camps, tourists have to enter the forest 2-3 kilometers from the Sekonyer river.
For adventurers, trekking is fun, including you, right? So, walk as much as you want and enjoy the atmosphere of the jungle. For information, during the trip be prepared to meet wild boars, tapirs, snakes etc.
Nocturnal tours are an option if you want to enjoy a different sensation of exploring the forest. When dusk falls, when the sun begins to change the color of nature, be prepared! Do night trekking and immediately join the night animals there.
One of the most interesting things when doing night trekking is the opportunity to see amazing views on either side of the Sekonyer River. The rows of nipah trees on the banks of the river will glow because of the many fireflies around them.
Staying overnight in the middle of the jungle
Several options are available for tourists to spend the night in Tanjung Puting National Park. Besides fully enjoying the days on the Kelotok Boat, there is also a resort in the middle of the forest not far from the camp in Pesalat.
Do you know? The resort, called Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge, was once occupied by a Hollywood actress, Julia Roberts. This place is perfect for those of you who want luxury inside lonely wilderness of the forest.
Another overnight option is to come to Camp at Pesalat. There are sources who say the camp houses a campsite. Of course, it is very interesting to be able to camp in Tanjung Puting, so that the traveler seems to really melt with nature.