Exploring Orangutan Tanjung Puting National Park

Do you know about orangutan Tanjung Puting National Park? An encounter with orangutans in their natural habitat is one of the greatest wildlife experiences, but also a rare one. Tanjung Puting National Park is one of the best places to do it. Located in Borneo, home to orangutans, the park is a sanctuary for more than 5,000 orangutans. Here is what you can do there.

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About Tanjung Puting National Park

This national park is one of the most important wild orangutan sanctuaries in Borneo, Indonesia. It houses a training ground where orangutans are prepared to live in the wild. Spanning across a wide area covering forests and rivers, Tanjung Puting National Park is the closest you get to seeing orangutans’ natural habitat. Other than orangutans, there are also wild animals such as proboscis monkeys, wild boars, false gharail, kingfisher, and other species.

The area is rather difficult to navigate and you will have to do quite some walking and trekking. While in the park you will also have to take the traditional boat called klotok across the rivers. On the upside, you can see these gentle giants up close.

At the national park there are three camps: Camp Tanjung Harapan, Camp Pondok Tanggui, and Camp Leakey. Each camp has its own orangutan “king” and group. At the camps, you can see orangutans being fed. The kings will also appear during feeding time.

What you can do at Tanjung Puting National Park

There are many things you can do here, such as:

  1. Seeing Orangutan Tanjung Puting

The main attraction at this national park is seeing the orangutans. You can watch these big, mesmerizing primates interacting in the wild. One of the most popular activities is the feeding time. Park rangers feed orangutans with milk, banana, or sweet potatoes for extra nutrition. There is an allocated place for tourists to watch the feeding activity.

  1. Riding the Klotok

While at Tanjung Puting, you will spend a lot of time on the klotok, a two-storey boat that travels across the park’s Sungai Sekonyer. Klotok is not only for transportation as it is also your accommodation. All your daily necessities will be provided in the klotok.

During the day, you can sit on the deck and use binoculars to see the wildlife. At night, set your mattress and mosquito nets before falling asleep to the sound of the jungle.

  1. Going on an Orangutan Borneo Tour

While you can go on a solo trip, it’s more convenient to go on a tour. There are many affordable tour packages that already include the rent for the boats, sleeping equipment, shuttle services to and from your hotel and/or the airport, and meals. Not only that but they will also prepare attractive itineraries which include orangutan-watching as well as other activities to do around the area.

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Some tour packages have also included guides who speak English. If you don’t speak Indonesian, hire an English-speaking guide to so you can immerse fully in your orangutan Tanjung Puting experience.