Tanjung Puting National Park
Tanjung Puting National Park, the world famous natural treasure is located in the district of ota Waringin Barat, Central Kalimantan ( Borneo ), Indonesia. This is national park has been chosen as world’s Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO since 1977. Today Tanjung Puting National Park has remarkably known as home for the endangered species, Orangutans. Unfortunately, according to most wildlife monitoring organization and conservation group IUCN, the species today found only limited populations on the island of Kalimantan and Sumatra. Due to the destructive activities of humans, the wild populations has decreased in the past decade more than 50%. Estimates of the current population are less than 60,000 with approximately 7,300 in Sumatra and the rest in Kalimantan.
It all began in 1971 when Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas and Rod Brindamour established an Orangutan rehabilitation and release program at Camp Leakey in Tanjung Puting reserve ( now National Park ) mainly to improve the quality of life of wild born ex-captive orangutans as well as to protect the natural ecology. Equally important Dr. Galdikas felt that by establishing this highly visible tourist attraction in the park, it would help ensure the protection of forest in Tanjung Puting for years to come.The number of natural of National and overseas tourist visits to Tanjung Puting National Park has been progressively increased every year. The growth encourage people of Central Kalimantan to continue developing other special spots for tourism destinations.
We are pleased to provide this tourist guideline in order to assist all tourist and visitors to plan a perfect trip to Central Kalimantan. Find delights in the amazing Central Kalimantan through superlative natural beauty, diversity of species and habitats, history background, art and culture attractions as well as indigenous local culinary. Welcome to Tanjung Puting National Park of Central Kalimantan, the land where you can find the real adventure of wildlife.
The Gate To A Marvelous journey
The story of Tanjung Puting starts from Pangkalan Bun, a pleasant town by the Arut river. Pangkalan Bun is the entrance gate to reach Tanjung Puting National Park in the southern part and the Dayak villages in the North of Kalimantan Tengah. Daily direct flight to Pangkalan Bun are available from Jakarta, Semarang and Surabaya by Garuda, Kalstar and Trigana air.
Pasir Panjang is a village lies between Pangkalan Bun and the Port of Kumai. It takes approximately 15 minutes drive from the Iskandar Airport. The name of Pasir Panjang derived from its fairly broad sand area where most of the villagers are farmers. Dayak tradition still lives in Pasir Panjang. There is Long House which become a venue for cultural activities. Walking down the village of Pasir Panjang will become an insightful short visit before or after trip to Tanjung Puting National Park, for you to know a glimpse of Dayak village life. Other notable place is Tepian Bak, a scared pond for the local Dayak Community.
Istana Kuning Palace is situated at jalan Pangeran Antasari ( 5,2 kilometer from the Iskandar Airport). Kuning or Yellow is the sacred color to the people of ” Kota Waringin” The historic site is a relic of the Sultanate of ” Kutaringin” the original name of what we know now as ” Kotawaringin”. The palace was built by the 9th Prince Imanudin who served in 1811-1814 AD. Nearby is Taman Keraton Indah Sari which was once the palace square.
Arut River is the artery of Pangkalan Bun. It forms local water traffic corridors in the city for its inhabitants. Alongside the river, visitors can see the traditional wooden houses from first settlements of Malay, Javanese and Chinese descendants.
Still on Antasari, particularly in the morning, the public markets are always attractive spots to visit where you can meet locals and many interesting products, such as various river fishes, fruits in season ( Durian, mangosteen, etc), vegetables, such as rattan shoots and many more. in the evening it turns into a long night market for eating out.
Bundaran Panca Sila is where cafes and Restaurants are located for local hangouts and fancy-free. Come early as they can be crowded on the weekends.