This National Park is located in Kumai District, Kotawaringin Barat District, Central Kalimantan. This National Park has another nickname that is Garden of Heaven. Apart from being a National Park, it also serves as the Rehabilitation Center for Orangutans (the first most famous primate animal in this National Park) in Indonesia and became the largest in the world. The island of Borneo is famous for its lush forest and the lungs of the world are the original habitat of Orangutans, primates animals that enter the list of endangered animals. There are approximately 30,000 to 40,000 orangutans on the island of Borneo, another name for the island of Kalimantan.
Tanjung Puting National Park has an area of about 415 thousand hectares. It has an ecosystem covering tropical rainforest, lowland, freshwater swamp forest, mangrove forest, dryland forest, coastal forest and secondary forest. Because of all its potential, the National Park was set to be a biosphere reserved in 1977 by the UN World Agency – UNESCO.
In addition to Orangutans, there are mammals and other primates such as Bekantan, Borneo Owa, Sun Bear, Sambar Deer, Mijn Deer, Deer Deer and Pig Beard. Crocodile Sinyulong, Crocodile Estuary, Labi-labi, Sanda Lawe Bird, Bird Egretta Alba, Anhinga Melanogaster Bird and Pupurea Arde Bird are other animals that are part of the wealth of Tanjung Puting National Park.
There are three orangutan camps in this Park area, namely Camp Tanjung Harapan, Camp Pondok Tangguy, and Camp Leakey. In these camps, we can see firsthand the life of the Orangutan.This is different from other orangutan conservation sites in other parts of Kalimantan island, where we see orangutans in manmade habitats rather than natural habitats. When in conservation camps, we are not allowed or forbidden to feed orangutans.
The name Tanjung Puting became the world’s spotlight when a famous actress from Hollywood, Julia Roberts came to Tanjung Puting to visit Orangutan camps, camping, and interacting with Orangutans.
Julia Robert was documenting her visit in a documentary film entitled “In The Wild: Orangutans with Julia Roberts”.
How to get there?
For those of you who will visit Tanjung Puting National Park, can be reached from Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. To go to Pangkalan Bun can use the air path because in Pangkalan Bun there is an airport named Iskandar. From Pangkalan Bun then to Kumai Harbor by road trip for approximately 30 minutes.
From Kumai Harbor, by boat or speedboat down the Sekonyer River to reach Tanjung Puting. Duration Travel has taken from Kumai Harbor to Tanjung Puting approximately 2 hours drive.