Tanjung Puting National Park

The park, which covers territory the size of Bali, is home to an amazing array of wildlife including its world famous orangutans. The park is also home to monkeys, birds and other wildlife, not to mention the pristine vegetation of the jungle itself. This is a world famous natural treasure which attracts a growing number of international visitors each year.

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Tanjung Puting is located in Central Kalimantan. The area was originally declared as a game reserve in 1935 and became a national park in 1982. The park sits on a peninsula that juts out into the Java sea. The sheer size of the park means that it has diverse habitat zones. This diversity means the park is home to a great variety of inhabitants, both flora and fauna.

The incredible jungle surrounds make this an amazing place to visit if you’re after a truly outdoor adventure. It is an oasis of pure clean air, a clear night sky as well as a home to the gentle people of the jungle – the orangutans.

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The orangutans are undoubtedly the best known inhabitants of the park.  With around three quarters of the world’s orangutan’s population living on Borneo, this park is the ideal place to see these incredible creatures in the wild.

Because the vegetation of Tanjung Puting supports a large population of animals this park is one of the most important areas in Southeast Asia for the preservation of primates, birds, reptiles and fish.

Getting There
To explore the park, visitors must take a boat down the Sekonyer River from Pangkalan Bun. These boats will accommodate you for the duration of your stay in Tanjung Punting.

Flights run from Jakarta and other major cities to Pangkalan Bun daily.

Getting Around
In the jungle there is no other option but to get around by foot so a visit to Tanjung Puting will involve walking in the great outdoors. As you trek through the tropical surrounds you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for orangutans, monkeys, bush pigs and wild deer as you go. Search for native wildlife including the great birdlife while you take in the sights of a truly exotic tropical jungle.

Walks can be tailored to your level of fitness so discuss the different options with your guide before you set out. While you are  staying on the river, traditional boats called klotoks will transport you around. 

To Do
The Sekonyer river is famous for it’s natural beauty and wildlife. As you cruise down through the jungle, you’ll be transported to another world, a world far beyond the hustle and bustle of city life.

Relax on board your boat and take in the sights of monkeys jumping from tree to tree. The park is home to around eight species of monkeys including the very distinctive proboscis monkey, with its distinctive long nose it is sure to grab your attention. Try to spot wild orangutans swinging through the thick and lush vegetation. Remember to keep your eyes out for crocodiles too, they might be hard to spot but they’re definitely there! As well as this, the park is also a haven for over 220 species of birds.

To Stay
The majority of visitors to Tanjung Puting travel via boat and stay on board during their time in the park. There are also limited options to stay in simple hotels and homestays.

Tips:

  • Take mosquito repellent, sunscreen and a torch. 
  • Don’t forget your camera, you’ll want to record every moment of your experience up close with the orangutans.