The world's third largest island is home to a variety of endemic
species, from the bulbous nosed, pot-bellied Proboscis Monkey, to
the Borneo Bay Cat, but perhaps the most famous inhabitant is the
These endearing, endangered species inhabit a select few locations
in Indonesia and Malaysian Borneo, and the Tanjung National Park in
Southern Kalimantan is one of our favourite spots.
Eccentric British explorer Alfred Russell Wallace - the often
forgotten partner in crime of Charles Darwin - spent much time
exploring the rainforests of Kalimantan in the 19th century, and
sightings of flying frogs in the jungle canopy of Kalimantan were
one of the triggers for his evolutionary theories. The equally
eccentric Brit comedian Bill Bailey travelled to Borneo a few years
back, to trace Wallace's steps, and bring the exoticism of
Kalimantan back into the national psyche.
The great news for us is that parts of Kalimantan are really
quite accessible, but still retain an air of mystery, and remain
very much off the well-worn path. Some of the lucky so-and-so's
here at Original Travel have explored many orangutan habitats
within Malaysia and Indonesia, and Tanjung Puting National Park
secures the top spot.
Tanjung Puting National Park covers over 4150 sq km of ground,
and is home to the largest population of orangutans on the planet,
estimated at around 6000. Travellers will spend days exploring the
pandanus fringed waterways of the Sekonyer river aboard a private
Klotok houseboat. As the river runs from murkey brown to inky black
(concealing the crocs!), it connects a number of orangutan feeding
posts, where travellers are rewarded with a close up view of these
And for those who like a dose of culture with their wildlife
exploration, a river cruise along the Sungai Kahayan will include
visits to traditional Dayak Villages - a tribe once renowned for
their 'headhunting' prowess. Thankfully, today, guests are welcomed
with open arms, and leave with heads firmly attached.