Tanjung Puting National Park: How to Get There

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 flights from Jakarta, Bali (via Semarang), Kuching (via Pontianak) and Banjarmasin. The flights are operated by small airlines and are NOT regular and the reservation system is NOT computerized or connected to any major airlines system. All reservations are made by phone call or fax only. Do let us know if you need our assistance in domestic flight to Pangkalan Bun.

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 nearby Hotel Tiara is cheaper and also very good, but has no restaurant. Close to the Blue Kecubung is a good internet and phone service.

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 and camera film. 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. It is also possible to sleep and cook meals on the klotok. 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: Trigana Air  or Nam Air
  • Surabaya to Pangkalan Bun: Trigana Air
  • Semarang to Pangkalan Bun: Wings Air  or Nam Air
  • Pangkalanbun to Jakarta: Nam Air
  • Pangkalan Bun to Surabaya: Nam Air or Trigana Air
  • Pangkalanbun to Semarang: Nam Air or Trigana 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:

For more information about Orangutan and Klotok Tour in Tanjung Puting National Park contact is by email at info@beborneotour.com or Whatsapp icon on the corner.

10 quick facts about Tanjung Puting National Park

  1. Tanjung Puting National Park has been designated as a nature reserve and wildlife reserve since 1935. It covers around 415 thousand hectares.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Not only crocodiles, there are also several types of mammals that live, such as bearded pigs, proboscis monkeys, to sun bears.
  6. Tanjung Puting National Park is the largest orangutan conservation in the world.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Comments

April 30, 2017
You are welcome Carmen! The Orangutans and the nature are so beautiful that was easy to photograph them Thanks for stopping by! I remember the first time I saw orangutangs at the Singapore zoo. They weren t in a cage, but hanging out in the treetops. I could have watched them for hours. I d love to visit this national park. They are just so cute and fascinating.
October 23, 2017
This is an awesome blog. It helped me alot. Thanks for the information.
alessandro
April 23, 2019
hi Team and thanks for the infos i would like to know more about this me and my wife are planning to go in august we will leave from Bali , what are the options do we need tour? thank you
October 28, 2019
WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait .. …
May 21, 2020
Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.
Joana
June 16, 2020
Thank you for the info, this is one of my bucket list in Indonesia. Will ne there soon!
beborneo
June 16, 2020
See you soon in Kalimantan!
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