Tanjung Puting National Park
A visit to Tanjung Puting National park is a must for adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts willing to sacrifice a few modern luxuries for a one-of-a-kind experience of Indonesian Borneo. Wind your way along the Sekonyer River as it meanders through the jungle, spotting orangutans, proboscis monkeys and rare birdlife amongst the trees and visit the renowned rehabilitation center of Camp Leakey.
The most popular tourist destination in Kalimantan, Tanjung Puting National Park is synonymous with the conservation and rehabilitation of the orangutan. Covering 400,000 hectares, it is currently home to an estimated 5,000 orangutans, with this number thought to be increasing.
With the Sekonyer River at its heart, Tanjung Puting National Park is best explored by klotok, a traditional wooden live-aboard boat so named due to the sound the engine makes. By day, guests can lounge on deck of the open-sided boat with a pair of binoculars, spotting the bird and wildlife amongst the trees that line the riverbank. Along the way, there are three orangutan feeding stations at Tanjung Harapan, Pondok Tangui and Camp Leakey, all of which involve a short walk through the jungle from the docking point. Whilst the orangutans are the main attraction, these visits to feeding stations also present a great introduction to the rainforest. Along with the fuzzy-haired orangutans, you can expect to see gibbons, proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, incredible hornbills, crocodiles, tiny nocturnal tarsier monkeys and pythons amongst an array of rare flora.