7 Interesting activities in Tanjung puting Conservation
Have you ever heard about Tanjung puting National Park? If so, then you probably know that the conversion of tanjung puting means changing this place to be tourism park. Therefore, Tanjung Puting now has become a very well-known destination that serves many types of entertaining activities. But the one that becomes really famous is the camp of orangutan.
Tanjung puting National Park is placed in Kumai District, Kotawaringin Barat Regency, and in Hanau District, Danau Sembuluh, and Seruyan Hilir, Seruyan District, Central Kalimantan Province.
From Jakarta, you can take a flight to Pangkalan Bun and then proceed by land for about 20 minutes to Kumai Harbor which is the starting point of the entrance to the Tanjung Puting National Park area, now from this port tourists move by wooden boat or called klotok. During their stay in Tanjung Puting, tourists will use klotok not only as transportation but also as a place to stay while going through the national park, don't worry all the daily needs have been prepared in klotok so no need to be confused to find a place to stay while in Tanjung Puting. Just bring the body and clothes needed while in the national park.
The main tour in Tanjung Puting National Park is to witness firsthand how orangutans are still breeding well in the national park, the most popular activity is feeding time is an activity where the ranger provides additional supplements for orangutans such as bananas, sweet potatoes or milk, and tourists are given a special place to watch the activity.
There are three camps where there is feeding time namely Camp Tanjung Harapan, Camp Pondok Tanggui and Camp Leakey. All three camps have their respective orangutan kings and during the feeding time the three kings will probably appear on location. Each camp has a different time for feeding time so tourists need not be afraid to miss feeding time at other camps.
While waiting for feeding time, tourists can do other activities, here are 7 things you can do to enjoy the beauty of Tanjung Puting National Park.
- Witnessing the activities of orangutans and other primates in the wild forest
- Down the Village of Tanjung Harapan
- Know the history of orangutan conservation in Tanjung Puting
- Bathing with water from the black river
- Down the Sekonyer River Using a Klotok
- Play the Canoe
- Enjoy the Sunset From the River Sekonyer
Witnessing the activities of orangutans and other primates in the wild forest
Tanjung Puting is a native habitat for orangutans in Kalimantan. While in the camp tourists can see firsthand how orangutans eat. Orangutans only exist in Indonesia, namely in Kalimantan and Sumatra. In addition to the orangutan's original habitat in this national park, there are also other primates such as proboscis monkeys, monkeys, crocodiles, wild boars, and other forest animals.
Down the village of Tanjung Harapan
Within the Tanjung puting conservation area, there are still villages within it. The village is the village of Tanjung Harapan, the village which is adjacent to the Tanjung Harapan camp is still inhabited by several people whose livelihoods exist as ship workers and also fishermen. In this village, it is also a place to live if there are volunteers who want to dedicate their time in Tanjung Puting.
Know the history of orangutan conservation in Tanjung Puting
Besides seeing the orangutan's natural habitat, information about history and how to care for orangutans is also available here. Orangutan conservation which started in 1971 has become the largest orangutan conservation in the world. At the Tanggui lodge and Camp Leakey, there is an information center to find out how the historical origins of the Tanjung Puting and the observation of the orangutans in it.
Bathing with water from the black river
When entering the waters of Camp Leakey visitors will see a change in the color of river water from brown to black. The black color is present because it is carried from the color of the roots of trees even though if you look at the color of the water is very clear so that we can see what is behind the water.
Try bathing using this water, neither oily nor smelling the water flowing in the river here is very refreshing. Not that bathing swimming in this river yes, ask the crew to draw up this water and then feel its freshness.
Down the Sekonyer River using a klotok
The starting point to enter Tanjung puting National Park is through the port located in Kumai, klotok is the transportation used by tourists to enter the national park area. By using tourists' klotok, you will go along the Sekonyer River inside the national park.
All daily activities will be carried out in the klotokbut don't be afraid because the klotokin the Tanjung Puting national park has been facilitated complete with a bathroom, dining table and also a mattress to rest. There are various kinds of klotok here which are large to accommodate up to 20 tourists up to a capacity of only 2 people.
Play the canoe
While waiting for feeding time there are times when tourists have free time to relax, tourists can wait in the resting klotok or also mingle with other tourists, but can also borrow a public boat. It is a bit dangerous because if you are not used to the canoe, it can overturn into a river that still has crocodiles in it.
Enjoy the sunset from the river Sekonyer
Twilight began to appear, the change of time towards night is approaching now is the best time to see the sunset. The sunset here is indeed not as beautiful as the beach or high location like other hills, because it is still surrounded by forest makes the sunset not look too clear because it is covered by tall trees but at least the yellow sun that will set is still quite visible from a distance.
That’s the seven activities that you can explore by yourself or together with your partner and family, when you arrive in Tanjung puting National Park. Don’t forget to always to always keep the environment clean, protect orangutan habitat, and do not engage in activities that can damage and disturb the ecosystem in Tanjung Putting. Tanjung Puting National Park which stores the wealth of native primates in Indonesia is supposed to be the belle of tourism for Indonesian and worldwide tourists.