Jakarta (Paradiso) – Swiss-Belinn Pangkalan Bun, an international standard 3-star hotel, has launched a new tour package in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, the “Orangutan Getaway Package”.
This rain forest nature tour package is jointly organised by Swiss-Belinn Pangkalan Bun and Odysseys Travel Agency. The package was launched with the aim of boosting the appeal of Tanjung Puting National Park as an alternative tourism destination capable of attracting local and foreign visitors.
Several national media and foreign guests were invited to join the first orangutan trip arranged by Swiss-Belinn Pangkalan Bun and Odysseys to feel the sensation of travelling along the rivers and swamps of the amazing rain forests forests of Borneo, which are the natural habitat of an amazing variety of exotic flora and fauna.
The Orangutan Getaway Package is offered at Rp 4,200,000 nett per person for 3 days and 2 nights with a minimum of 4 people travelling. The package includes a round-trip air ticket from Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun, airport pick-up, hotel accommodation at Swiss-Belinn Pangkalan Bun, meals during travel, and airport transfer for the return flight.
Besides being able to see orangutans and other wildlife of Borneo’s rain forests, the package also has options for local tours in Pangkalan Bun. The city has several historic sites, such as the Yellow Palace and traditional markets offering local handicrafts. Motorised canoe cruises allow visits to the floating market and villages of the Dayak communities.
Tanjung Puting National Park
Located in the Kumai Regency of Central Kalimantan, Tanjung Puting National Park was the first location in Indonesia to establish an orangutan research and rehabilitation centre. Founded in 1971, Camp Leakey was the first of the now four centres to be opened here for the study of orangutan behaviour and the reintroduction of rescued and orphaned orangutans into the wild. Occupying a peninsula that juts out into the Java Sea, Tanjung Puting is dominated by dipterocarp forests, heath forests, peat swamp forests, mangrove forests and coastal beach forests that are home to a wide variety of endemic and rare species of flora and fauna. The canopy of the amazing dipterocarp forests is 30 metres above the ground, with some trees breaking through the canopy to reach heights of 50 metres.
In addition to orangutans, the 3,040 square kilometre national park is also home to proboscis monkeys, red leaf monkeys, gibbons, macaques, clouded leopards, sun bears, wild boars, porcupines and sambar deer. The park is also the natural habitat of many reptiles, including crocodiles, monitor lizards and pythons. Tanjung Puting has over 230 bird species, including hornbills and kingfishers, and is well known for its “bird lakes,” seasonal rookeries for a handful of endangered species of waterbirds, including the only known Bornean nesting grounds for white egrets. In 2005, the Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station was established for the study of all the wild species found in the national park. (*)