Orangutan Encounter and Dayak Culture Immersion in Indonesia

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special Orangutan & Wildlife Encounter
special Dayak Village
special River Cruise
Tanjung Puting National Park is a national park in Indonesia located in the southeast part of West Kotawaringin Regency in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. The nearest main town is the capital of the Regency, Pangkalan Bun. The park is famous for its orangutan conservation. We will stay overnight on a traditional boat called Kelotok, and cruise through the Sekonyer River to spot the Orangutan of Borneo. Also, a chance to plant a tree before leaving Tanjung Puting National Park. Learn about the Dayak Culture during our stay in one of the Dayaknese villages.

About me: I am Tracy. I am Indonesian, lived in Singapore for a quiet number of years, and now return to my home country. I am currently based in Jakarta. I am a Graphic Designer by profession although I have been doing fewer design tasks lately and instead, getting more involved in the tourism industry. I have been travelling around Indonesia since late 2013 and there are still many places on my list that I haven't been to yet. I enjoy hiking, snorkelling, diving, and being close to nature. I claim myself as a happy diver and am still working to be a better diver. I believe that taking care of the environment is equally important as enjoying it. This trip is not a trip with luxury facilities as we will be visiting a national park and also a local village to learn their way of life. There will be a ranger who will guide us - for the do(s) and don't(s).

Accommodation: While we are in Tanjung Puting National Park, we will stay overnight on a traditional wooden motorized boat during the trip. The main space of the boat is used as a gathering and dining area in the daytime, moving from one spot to another, as a sleeping area in the nighttime. We will sleep on a mattress with a mosquito net. Everything will be set up by the boat crew. No AC and only a basic toilet facility are available on the boat. While we are in the Dayak Village, we will be staying at the local house in the village with basic facilities. Are you ready to join my adventure? Contact me in the Q&A in case something is unclear. See you soon!

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All permits and administration fees
Plant a tree & name tag
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Hi, I am Tracy. I was born in Indonesia, stayed in Singapore for a significant number of years, and now exploring my home country.

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Trip Itinerary

Taman Nasional Tanjung Puting

Day 1-2
PANGKALAN BUN – KUMAI – TANJUNG HARAPAN CAMP Iskandar Airport at Pangkalan Bun is the closest airport to Tanjung Puting National Park. Upon arrival in Pangakalan Bun, we will take a car ride and head to Kumai where we will board our Kelotok and start our journey into the Tanjung Puting National Park. Cruising through Sekonyer River, the estuarine habitat with unique vegetation called mangrove, before making our first stop at Tanjung Harapan Camp to see Orangutan feeding at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, we may also see the Proboscis Monkey – the endemic monkey in Borneo with a big nose, and the long-tailed Macaque, Red-leaf Moneky, Silvered Langur, and birds along the riverside. After watching the Orangutan, continue cruising, enjoying the fresh air while the boat docks. We will stay on the top floor. The bedding will be set up after dinner.

Taman Nasional Tanjung Puting

Day 2-3
PONDOK TANGGUI – CAMP LEAKEY – PONDOK AMBUNG (B,L,D) After breakfast, cruise the river to Pondok Tanggui. The feeding time for the Orangutan is at 9 a.m. After that, we will head to Camp Leakey, the legendary Orangutan Rehabilitation Camp, where Prof. Birute MF. Galdikas started her study in early 1971. During the cruise, we may spot freshwater crocodiles and other wildlife. After lunch, we will depart from Camp Leakey and spend the rest of the day hiking through the Borneo rainforest, searching for wildlife found in the forest. At 2 p.m., we will still have one more chance to spot the Orangutan at its feeding station before we head down to Pondok Ambung to watch the nocturnal animal.

Lamandau Regency

Day 3-4
PESALAT REFORESTATION – KUMAI – LOPUS VILLAGE (B,L,D) After breakfast, we will start cruising down to Pesalat Reforestation for tree planting. We will have a short trek to the tree seedling area. This activity aims to grow trees for the Orangutan and other living animals. Also, it aims to help rehabilitate the land after the wildfire and over-logging in the past. Then, we will continue our cruising journey back to Kumai while enjoying our tea and coffee. Arrive in Kumai; we will continue our journey to Lopus Village. The journey will take about 4 hours. Arrive at Lopus Village around 3-4 pm, go sightseeing around the village, and enjoy the community’s welcome ceremony. Check-in into our homestay, and we will see how traditional dishes are being prepared – from cooking rice on a leaf with a bamboo fire; Nasi Tembiku, a sweet rice cooked with coconut milk in a pitcher plant; Kompu, a traditional way of cooking chicken or fish with a bamboo fire. After that, we will have time to walk around the village to see the old house, Jorong and Sandung. After dark, we will gather with locals and have a traditional meal together. The community will also hold the Ikat Tongang Ceremony, where every visitor will be given a bracelet to symbolize acceptance of the village and hope for a good experience during the visit. As well as protection from the devil. After dinner, we will enjoy the welcoming ceremony called Bagondang. Guests who get served rice wine will join the dance with the Dayak people. After the ceremony, back to homestay and rest.

Lamandau Regency

Day 4-5
LOPUS VILLAGE (B,L,D) Today, we will explore deeply about the Dayak culture! We will start from Rumah Betang, a traditional house of Dayak where some of the walls are made from tree bark. After that, we will also see the tuak-making process. Tuak is a nice wine that ferments sweet rice with herbs and spices. It is very important for Dayak and is often seen in ceremonies. Tuak is also used as a welcoming drink. The next process of tuak is Arak, which has a higher alcohol content – like vodka or spirits. Next is the handicraft class. Dayak is well-known for making handicrafts such as rattan weaving for various equipment and accessories. We will learn rattan weaving and kapuak, an old fabric made from tree bark. The tree is peeled, and the bark is hit and smeared until soft to obtain a sheet of kapuak. If we still have time, we can enjoy the walk across the river to Ladang, an old agroforestry. It is incredible how the villagers can secure food for their families using basic methods. They still have rice stored for over 40 years.

Pangkalan Bun

Day 5-6
LOPUS VILLAGE – PANGKALAN BUN – HOTEL (B,L,D) After breakfast, let’s experience Menyumpit- blowpipe with the village’s expert. He can do more than two shots in one breath. Continue with local games, Balogo, a traditional fun game with a stick and tree seed. After lunch, prepare to check out, and we will return to Pangkalan Bun. The drive will take about five hours. Lunch will be served en route in the local restaurant. Arrive at Pangkalan Bun, and savour the local cuisine for dinner. Stop at the local souvenir shop, check-in at the hotel, and rest.

Pangkalan Bun

Day 6
PANGKALAN BUN (B) Enjoy the last morning in Kalimantan! Wake up, have your breakfast, and free program until the time to leave for the airport. Get ready to check out and drop off at the airport. I hope you had a great trip!
Trip Summary
6 days trip
Taman Nasional Tanjung Puting, Taman Nasional Tanjung Puting & 4 more
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