To get to Tanjung Puting National Park, you will need to fly to the airport of Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan. (Pangkalan Bun = PKN), the nearest entry point.
The easiest option is to fly to Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta (Java). On arrival at Jakarta airport you have several options, depending on your time and budget.
Pangkalan Bun airport is accessible by daily direct flights from Jakarta, Semarang and Surabaya. The flight schedule is also a big concern; as it is subject to change with or without prior notice. It would be better not to connect international flight with the domestic flight. Travel insurance is also highly recommended.
Be aware that most of these small internal flights are more likely to be delayed than on time! Flights do get fully booked especially during religious holidays, so allow an extra day or two for the connecting flight in/out.
Around Pangkalan Bun
Pangkalan Bun, the entry point to Tanjung Puting National Park, is a small town and is approximately 20 minute taxi ride from the airport. The Blue Kecubung Hotel is considered to be the best hotel, but is also the most expensive. Their restaurant is also open to the public and is a reliable place to eat. The other hotel like Brits and Arsela Hotel is cheaper and also very good.
There are plenty of shops and markets in Pangkalan Bun where you can buy most of the supplies you will need, including food, toiletries, ponchos, hats, sandals. Kumai is an old seaport in Pangkalan Bun which has now developed into a major port. Both modern and traditional vessels come from all parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. To reach Tanjung Puting National Park, you will take a Klotok (small boat) from Kumai Port up the Sekonyer River to Camp Leakey. Camp Leakey is one of the three Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Tanjung Puting National Park.
From Kumai Port, the klotok (houseboat) will take about 2-hour journey up the Sekonyer River to the Rimba Eco Lodge. Sleeping on the klotok is the best experience you must try when visiting Tanjung Puting National Park. In order to travel in and out of the park it will be necessary to keep the klotok for the duration of your trip.
Recommended Flight schedule to and from Pangkalan bun:
- Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun: Nam Air
- Surabaya to Pangkalan Bun: Wings Air or Nam Air
- Semarang to Pangkalan Bun: Wings Air or Nam Air
- Pangkalanbun to Jakarta: Nam Air
- Pangkalan Bun to Surabaya: Wings Air or Nam Air
- Pangkalanbun to Semarang: Wings Air or Nam Air
Orangutan and Klotok Tours
Here are the tour options you could do to see the Orangutan and other wildlife in Tanjung Puting National Park:
- Orangutan Tanjung Puting Tour 2D1N
- Orangutan Tour Tanjung Puting National Park 3D2N
- Klotok Orangutan Tour in Tanjung Puting 4D3N
- Orangutan Tanjung Puting and Dayak Village Tour 5D4N
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10 quick facts about Tanjung Puting National Park
- Tanjung Puting National Park has been designated as a nature reserve and wildlife reserve since 1935. It covers around 415 thousand hectares.
- There are seven river streams here, namely Sekonyer, Reed Small, Large, Branch, Need, Segintung, and Waster. It stretches for 45 km, like the Amazon River.
- Around Tanjung Puting National Park, you can find pitcher plant, insect-eating plants. If you’re lucky, you can find this plant along the trek.
- When you come here, you can find crocodiles live freely in the river. So you have to be extra careful, because they are wild animal living in their home.
- Not only crocodiles, there are also several types of mammals that live, such as bearded pigs, proboscis monkeys, to sun bears.
- Tanjung Puting National Park is the largest orangutan conservation in the world.
- The only transportation used to explore the Tanjung Puting National Park by boat. Klotok is the hotel, restaurant, lounge and where you live during the tour.
- Not only boating the river, you can also trekking into the tropical forest. You have to be accompanied by a local guide, so you don’t get lost and get to know the forest better.
- Want to stay longer here? You can camp in the jungle accompanied by the ranger or stay in the only hotel in the park, Rimba Lodge.
- If you want to donate and participate in creating a better environment, you can join a tree adoption program for Rp. 50,000 and plant trees here.