Orangutan Wildlife Tour
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Visit the home of one of the human closest living
relatives in Animal Kingdom, the orangutans (pongo pygmaeus)
You can do trekking around rehabilitation
centers for an encounter with the orangutans and the other endemic species of
Kalimantan. In the peaceful afternoon, we cruise the river to watch the
proboscis monkeys, birds and other wildlife animals playing in trees he
riverbanks while you enjoying your afternoon tea in the roof of the boat.
Many of past clients
call this is a "magical trip". We will take you to meet one of the human's
closest living relatives in animal kingdoms: Orangutans (pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus
sp.) living free at their natural home at Camp Leakey, Tanjung Harapan and
Pondok Tanguy stations inside the misty rain forest surrounded by proboscis
monkeys, macaques, gibbons, birds including the giant hornbills and other exotic
flora and fauna. You will explore the quit river on a traditional boat (
"African Queen" river boat style) and having some short walk around the
the peaceful afternoon, we silently cruise the river to watch the Proboscis
"Pinocchio" monkeys (nasalis larvatus), birds and other animals playing in trees
on the riverbanks while you enjoying your afternoon tea in the roof of the boat.
Overnight will be on
the 2 x 6 meter wide boat with simple toilet, thin mattresses, pillow, healthy
meals, water available on board, in order to get better change to watch the
animals' activities in the early morning. No adventure experiences required in
this wonderful trip.
TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK
Located in the
peninsula on the south coast of the world's third largest tropical rain forest
of Borneo, in Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, the park consist of
300.040 hectares (741,100 acres). Started as a game reserve for the protection
of orangutans in 1936 and 1937, it was upgraded to a National Park in 1982. It
is the only protected area in South East Asia with vast tract of wetlands,
lowland, mature tropical heath and swamp Forests with large rookeries that
provide breeding grounds for a wide population of waterfowl. The needs of
Orangutans and other primates are also available in the park, such as the 400
species of trees which van be consumed by them.
The soils in the
park consist of yellow-red podsolic, laterite, organosol, podsol, glei humus and
alluvial. the area is predominantly flat, undulating to an altitude 0-100 .
Above sea level, Based on Schmidt and Ferguson Climate Classification, the park
is included in the A and B types with mean annual rainfall of 2,400 mm, falling
mainly in the rainy season (September-February). The relative humidity of the
area ranges between 55 and 98 percent and the temperature varies from 22 - 32
Flora & Fauna
Among tree species
commonly found are Ramin (Gonistylus bancanus), Jelutung, Kayu Besi (iron wood,
eusideroxylon zwagerri), Meranti (Shorea sp.) and Keruing (Dipterocarpus). all
of them have high value for industry. Other plants such Bakung (asian tricum),
Pandans (Pandanus tectorius), Nipah (Nypa sp.) which growing on the riverside.
The park is also rich in
wildlife with the commonly seen is Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) - the
best known species that makes the National Park best known, Proboscis monkeys (Nasalis
larvatus) - a large monkey which is found only in Borneo, long tail macaque (Macaca
fascicularis), birds - especially horn bills, kingfishers, myna, oriental darter
and over 220 bird species. Furthermore, the list of fauna living in the park are
include the occasionally can be seen: Agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis), grey
gibbon (Hylobates mulleri), red leaf monkey (presbistis rubicunda), Malayan sun
bear (helarctus malayanus), wild lige (sus barbatus), estuarine crocodile false
ghavial (Tomistoma schlegelli). The rivers together with the swamps and sesonal
lake rookeries support the life of many species of fish that have very high
values in term of ecology and economy.
Located about 30
minutes to the right from the branch of Sekonyer river. Camp Leakey was
established in 1971 to support research activities in Tanjung Puting Wildlife
Reserve. Now this area also functions as orangutans rehabilitation center. The
Camp and surrounding area is designated as a special utility zone. Over the
years, the camp has served the research efforts of several scientist and
students. Tourist will be able to walk on certain trails of the trail system
without disturbing the research activities. On the way to Camp Leakey (on
Sekonyer Simpang Kanan river), you may occasionally see crocodiles and the false
The first guard post
in the park that was constructed in the late of 1970's. Tanjung Harapan was the
original site of the Sekonyer Village, which was moved across the Sekonyer
river. The area surrounding is designated as utilization zone. In this area,
several facilities for park management as well as for visitors have been
constructing. Tanjung Harapan is also an alternate orangutan center.
rehabilitation center for orangutans. Located between Tanjung Harapan and Natai
Lengkuas, this are also designates as a special utilization zone.
The word RIMBA means
JUNGLE or FOREST in the Indonesian language. Located on the left side of river
Sekonyer, 10 minutes upriver from Tanjung Harapan Orangutan Rehabilitation
Center. The lodge is simple, clean and shady as it is covered by trees. Built
with Dayak architectures, spacious and air-ness. There are 15 river-edge
bedrooms and 20 rooms inland with chilling fan and teak bathrooms. The
restaurant is spacious with Chinese and Western food. The lodge has been
accommodated successfully for the hundred delegates who attended the GREAT APE
CONFERENCE. Clients can also paddle a canoe along the river banks nearby.
We also suggest you
to spend 01 night (or more) on the boat for a better opportunity of sighting the
crocodile, birds, monkeys and other animals at dusk or down at their night time
resting place in the trees at the riverside. In the morning you will be waked up
by the morning dew and the concert of tropical rain forest creatures. A healthy
meals for dinner and breakfast is prepared by our expert cooks. The boat is
spacious 6 x 2 meters which forms a roof and accommodate for 4-5 people. You can
sleep on it or inside the boat separated with the guides and the boat crews.
Clean mattresses, pillows, mosquito net and a simple toilet are provided on
board. By our experience in operating this trip, most of our clients is rather
spent 01 night (or more) on the boat.
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