Central Kalimantan has several wonderful national parks, one of them is Tanjung Puting. Located on the southern end of the province, this park is a pristine area where endemic flora and fauna are protected. However, tourists can also enjoy a part of it without compromising the conservationism efforts.
There are many ways you can enjoy this park. River cruising is one of the most popular choices. If you want to help the orangutan conservation efforts, you can visit some of the camps there. This park is also a great place to explore. Here is all you need to know about Tanjung Puting National Park.
Location and access
The main entry point of the park is from Pangkalan Bun. You can get to this town easily as there are daily flights from several major cities to Iskandar Airport, Pangkalan Bun. From this lovely town, you can get to the park by chartering a boat called klotok. You can also get to the park overland, but the river can get you to more places. Which brings us to the next topic…
Normally, you charter klotok boat for the whole exploration of Sekonyer River and beyond. This exploration, cruising through the beautiful nature, will get you to the most beautiful spots in the park. Usually, you will spend a couple of days on the boat. That is why the boats have basic accommodation such as a bed, kitchen, and seating area.
Orangutan Conservation at Camp Leakey
One of the most prominent conservation camps for orangutans is at Camp Leakey. This camp was founded in 1971, mainly to reintroduce the rescued orangutans. Many of them are rescued from domestic capture. Today, the camp has become a research center for orangutans. The camp got its name from Dr. Louis Leakey, the mentor of one of the camp founders; Professor Birute Galdikas.
If you are the type who enjoys walking in the woods, with the protection of the forest’s canopy, then jungle trekking is the one for you. There are many treks that you can choose. Whether you want to walk on the rarely-taken path or through the black rivers, the choice is yours. This is where you can enjoy the serenity of a walk while reconnecting to nature.
Tanjung Puting National Park is a wonderful place to explore. There are many attractions that you can pick. This park actually has a coastal area too, but they are rarely visited due to the hard access.