Borneo offers an amazing mix of wildlife and culture. A key destination for us is Tanjung Puting National Park located in the southeast part of West Kotawaringin Regency in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. The park comprises of several habitats including lowland tropical forest, dry-land forest, peat swamp forest, mangrove forest and coastal forest. This terrain is punctuated by black water rivers, which carry visitors through the reserve in traditional live-aboard riverboats. Days are typically spent lounging on deck surveying the jungle with binoculars in one hand and a drink in the other as the boat chugs along the river. Although the park’s orangutans are the star attraction, other commonly sighted species include sun bears, clouded leopards, civets, crocodiles, 9 species of primates and over 230 species of bird. The park boasts the largest wild orangutan population in the world, it is little surprise that Tanjung Putting is fast becoming the most popular tourist destination in Kalimantan.
Airport: Pangkalan Bun Airport
Local Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Fun Fact:There are more tree species in a single hectare of rainforest than in the whole of the Us and Canada.
Borneo is an amazing place to visit for an adventure. from stunning rainforests to unbelievable wildlife. This is a place not to be missed. If you want to explore and don’t want to see other tourists everywhere then Borneo would be great for you. You can travel for weeks around national Parks and villages getting to know the country and not seeing another tourist. Of course if you are a wildlife lover then it’s a great place too.
Gawai Dyak Festival- May
This festival is held in May in Ponianak however other villages also celebrate between April and June. It is to celebrate harvest festival and they last a whole week. Celebrations include dancing, food and fun.
Erau International Folk and Art festival- July/ August
This festival is held annually at the former palace in Mahakam. It celebrates local Dayak culture and the sultans coronation.
It is best to visit between May and September when it is dry and sunny.
The wet season is mainly between October and March, it has occasional heavy rain, but it won’t spoil your trip and the rain brings extra fruit and vegetation which increases your chances of seeing wildlife. The best time to dive is between July and September.