Kalimantan is administratively divided into four provinces :West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and East Kalimantan. Talking about Kalimantan means talking about the ingedious Dayak tribe and the thick rainforest. Rivers are the main transportation arteries in this island since Kalimantan is crisscrossed by giant rivers, including the Mahakam, the Kayan, the Barito, the Sampit, and the huge Kapuas. River deltas and much of the southern coastal areas are swampy.
Through the Mahakam
river, the journey will be long enough, since it is the longest river
in Kalimantan. You would not regret it because you will pass the floating
villages and the panorama of the forest. Hopefully you may be lucky to
see a Belian (witch doctor), dressed in his leaves skirt, healing
his patients. Usually this ritual will be at night with a special performaces
to their ancestors.
This region's wildlife is usually diverse. With luck, you may see monkeys, gibbons, bearded wild pigs, deer, wild ox, civets, wildcats, flying lemurs, martins, weasels badger, otters, porcupines, mongeese, anteaters, 32 species of squirrles and 41 types of bats. The handsome silver and red bekantan (probosics monkey) can still be observed in the wild; males have very long pendulous noses, while females and young have prominent upturned noses. The endangered re-haired orangutan still inhabits the island, special rehabilitation centres have been established to help captive orangutans return to their deep jungle homes
Symbolically, the forest's most important creature is the black hornbill, the Dayak soul carrier. The hornbill's barking can disturbs the peace as it glides slowly and rhytmically. Hundreds of other exotic birds include parrots, parakeets, argus and crested fireback pheasants, bul-buls, flycatchers, quail, black partridges, and pigeons. There are 89 species of frogs, beautiful metallic green and blue butterflies.
Trekking to the deepest jungle, the heart of Kalimantan and crossing
the island from West coast to East coast is one of the challenging
adventure. Some rockly mountains and rivers are also promising to be explore
by climbers and rafters.
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