Saturday, March 3, 2018

Tanjung Puting, Amazing Orangutan National Park rented a boat to explore the area TNTP klotok.L300-engine boat is slowly moving left Kumai, big rivers and cut slowly into the River Sekonyer, ‘gateway’ region TNTP. Klotok boat that we were riding consists of two floors and enough for a capacity of 4 passengers plus 3 crew boat main.Equipped with sleeping mattresses, mosquito nets, kitchen for cooking, and toilets are equipped with shower to bath.
Before the plane landed slowly at the airport Tjilik Riwut, Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan, from behind the plane window I could see a very dense forest scenery.I immediately thought of our trip will be a lot in the woods to watch the native animals in their habitats of Borneo.Moreover, if not the Orang Utan, which began endangered because of hunting and continues in the woods where they live continue to be cleared.

The purpose of our trip this time is to Tanjung Putting National Park (TNTP).After landing, we immediately look for a taxi to the inn in Palangkaraya.Refreshing green scenery that I see from the plane was diametrically opposed to the air conditions on the ground.Palangkaraya city is very hot weather.If you see along the road, sandy soil conditions such as on the beach plus the heat from sunlight, enough to make the bodies swelter.Because berlahan peat soil, do not expect to see rice fields in Palangkaraya.
Our inn is located not far from the edge of the River Rungan.Form of country-style building and its roof was cool because of the high and most of the buildings were made of wood.This Rungan River divides the two islands; Bengamat Island and the island of Kaja.Both islands are also the Orang Utan rehabilitation center built BOS (Borneo Orangutan Survival) in the National Park Nyaru Menteng (TNNM).The atmosphere at the inn feels very natural because it is bordered by woods Bengamat Island.The voice sounded different kinds of forest animals all day.According to the story of the innkeeper, in fact, sometimes there are Orang Utan and Proboscis who stray into the kitchen looking for food.

The first day in Palangkaraya, we make time for a trip to TNNM.But apparently not in accordance with the condition that we imagine.To see the Orang Utan in TNNM, no difference by looking at Ragunan zoo.Visitors are only allowed to see from a room adjacent to the enclosure Auditorium Orang Utan.
Evening at our inn filled with grilled fish event.All the equipment we borrowed from the landlord.We bought some Patin fish at the market near the river after coming home from TNNM.The market here was open only once a week, and coincidentally that day is a Saturday when there is market day.
To treat disappointment, tomorrow morning we hired a boat to traverse Rungan River.Every morning, Orang Utan Island and the island of Kaja ordinary Bengamat fed by officers from the BOS, and this activity could be an interesting spectacle.Before entering the area of ​​”feeding”, according to regulations, visitors are required to report themselves for the sake of safety.Stories about the malignancy Orang Utan, several times we’ve heard before.So that the boat that we were riding are also always being watched by a patrol boat officer.From the boat, which can be witnessed Orang Utan longer fed by the officer.To be able to freely take pictures, the boat parked at the side of the river opposite the island.Situated on the banks of the River Rungan seemed to be on the beach because the sand is pure white color as the sand on beaches.
On the third day, a trip to TNTP had only begun.We already have a bus ticket the night-Pangkalan Bun Palangkaraya department purchased not long after the exit of the airport.The bus is scheduled to be passed after 5 pm, so we’re just waiting on the way out near the inn.Pangkalan Bun Palangkaraya-trip taken approximately 10 hours, along the road that is only fit for two vehicles with a smooth road conditions, except at some point after the city Kasongan, slightly damaged streets.

Throughout the trip, a father who was sitting next to me told me about city-owned luxury Pangkalan Bun, his hometown.Not surprising really, many found the vehicle belonging to the build up fancy milling about on the highway because of the large timber and oil palm entrepreneurs successful.I remember the story of a taxi driver who took us from Tjilik Riwut airport to the city of Palangkaraya.The driver of the original Banjar was told that he was once a millionaire and never been on a pilgrimage to 5 times due to ever become successful entrepreneurs in Palangkaraya wood.But he said, the current timber is not as easy to get used to.
4 o’clock in the morning, we were riding the bus which had arrived at Pangkalan Bun.Once off the bus, a direct assault on a motorcycle are scrambling to offer services.We chose to rest first while the orientation of the location.It was not until after 5 o’clock in the morning, we started walking towards the Yellow Palace, to find public transportation to Kumai. at Kumai 1 hour later, immediately find a boat that will be our klotok lease for travel during the TNTP.Kumai is a port city.Large ships from Java and Kalimantan seen many who are lean.After negotiating the price with the owner klotok, I started shopping for logistic purposes in the market Kumai accompanied by children klotok owner who would later become a cook during the trip.Foodstuffs such as rice, oil, mineral water, herbs, vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, snacks, and soft drinks will meet the needs of our hunger and thirst during the journey.Do not forget to also buy ice to preserve these foods.While other colleagues, administering licensing TNTP into the office not far from the port.
Actually there are regular boats that serve the route from Kumai to the village of Cape of Good Hope, the only village located within the region TNTP is by using the speedboat.Inside TNTP there is also a resort-class lodging dollar fare.But most tourists who visit TNTP prefer to hire a boat klotok and overnight on the boat, because this is where the sensation of his journey.
We rented a boat to explore the area TNTP klotok.L300-engine boat is slowly moving left Kumai, big rivers and cut slowly into the River Sekonyer, ‘gateway’ region TNTP.Klotok boat that we were riding consists of two floors and enough for a capacity of 4 passengers plus 3 crew boat main.Equipped with sleeping mattresses, mosquito nets, kitchen for cooking, and toilets are equipped with shower to bath.Klotok boat for tourists form all the same amenities as well.But there are also boats a greater capacity for the group.Sekonyer river flows very quiet.Edges in a tree dominance Nipah.The river is still a lot of crocodile.According to the story of Pak Abu, klotok boat owner, a few months ago a foreign tourist was killed in crocodile attack.Foreign tourists who are unaware of the danger it more fun bathing in a river.A local resident also reported killed in drag the crocodile while washing clothes in a river.Sekonyer river, quiet but deadly.The presence of crocodiles in this river but still did not scare the locals.They still do the activity quietly fishing or mining of sand.
The first location we visited was the village of Cape of Good Hope.The boat docked at the pier, we rushed down to see the contents of this village.Some Mothers who boarded our boat from Kumai weddings were about to visit their relatives.Without being able to refuse, we accepted the invitation of the mothers to come visit.Together the two foreign tourists and their guide, we become uninvited guests in a wedding that was held in Banjar is customary.Inevitably, we come to eat the meals, but do not forget to leave ‘angpau’ as a mark of respect to the host.
We also had the invite to stop a few houses are in fact many of them came from Java.The price of land in this village is still very cheap, so they prefer to stay here because it has the cultivated land rather than living in the land of Java.After several hours we went around and stopped by a local resident’s house, we returned to the boat for lunch again, while waiting for ‘feeding time’ Orangutans at Camp Cape of Good Hope, across the village.
At the Cape of Good Hope is, the first time we get to watch closely the process of feeding of Orang Utans in their natural habitat.Before they actually released in the wild to feed themselves, they still need to adjust gradually.The process of feeding 2 times a day is part of that adjustment.The ranger took a few baskets of bananas to the middle of the forest while screaming for orangutans to feed.While tourists can witness this event from a short distance away while shooting.
It was getting dark, we returned by boat klotok and moving towards a lake to spend the night.But apparently ‘plots’ strategically near the lake has become a favorite place for an overnight parking klotok.Because of this we can see the proboscis monkeys and hordes of monkeys hanging in the tree.Here are parking two klotok carrying foreign tourists.So we chose a short distance away to be more calm and not interfere with each other.The boat began to pull, rope tied around the tree so as not to move.Genset is started by Mr. Ash.For lighting and shower bath.If you need a camera battery charge, we can use this generator.
Dinner prepared by Udin, the cook us.Udin was the son of Mr. Abu.Cooking is very tasty.Not surprisingly, the average tourist who use his services expressed satisfaction over taste her cooking.That night while waiting for sleep time, Mr. Abu talked about the horrors he had experienced when carrying foreign tourists walk in the woods TNTP.We listened with enthusiasm and pleasure, although the atmosphere of quiet on the river and jungle animal sounds that sometimes sounded very supportive atmosphere.Finally, fatigue and sleepiness that can not be arrested, makes us all finally fell asleep until morning and woke to the sound of birds singing, the sound proboscis monkey and the monkeys in the trees near our boat, really enjoyable experience.Morning mist still hanging over the river is also stunning scenery.
After breakfast, our boat began to move again.This time the goal to Camp Lakey.Orang Utan research center in TNTP was founded in 1971 by Dr.Birute Galdikas, a professor of Canadian women.Camp Lakey also building a museum there is an Orang Utan where visitors can get various information about the life of Orang Utan.
There’s a pretty tense scene at the time.A Orangutan named Princess looks forward to get food rations.Officers continue stalking food carrier from behind.In fact the officials will be in the midst of a group of foreign tourists who will witness the process of “Feeding Time”.Princess cut corners, and suddenly was in the midst of confronting the officer.Entourage into a panic.

” Go back, go back …! “shouted the guide who brought the group tourists.The group split into two parts.Some continued the trip together with officers, some backward.We are into the forest without a guide, try to take refuge among a group of tourists earlier.But sukurlah, the state could eventually controlled.That Orang Utan, if you already have the desire, anyone can be difficult to dispel.Several times the visitors to national parks is also made ​​frantic by the act of Princess.Suddenly he asked forcefully brought one bottle of a tourist.The Tourists are trying to survive, not want to give.”Give it!” Command guidenya.

Orangutans seem calm and docile, because they are still half-wild that will slowly be allowed to live independently.Many stories about this act of orang-utans.Orangutans never took a bag that carried tourists and spread the entire contents of the tree.The boat was moored at the dock, the strings also been released by an orangutan and his boat to paddle away from the dock.This also causes a boat klotok no longer resting on the pier at night.So for the night, all around the lake klotok leaning away from the dock.

Uniquely, TN orangutans at Tanjung Putting all given names.Ahmad, Thomas, Samson, Tom, Kosasih and many more names.”Mother Professor named by the names of visitors in the guest book, or the name of the donor,” said an officer who accompanied us during trekking.Mother Professor in question is Professor.Birute.
Orangutans are not gregarious.Children orangutans still stands beside her mother between the ages of 6-7 years, after which they live independently.While the adult male orangutan, trying to become the ruler through the battles.Is Tom, a male orangutan who is currently a ruler in TN Tanjung Putting.He took over power from the hands Kosasih after winning a fight.
Completion of the Camp Lakey, it was getting dark and our boat back to the area around the lake to spend the night again.Alternately we shower followed by dinner.Tonight, the air feels cooler because of rain.
Our final route after the Camp Lakey is Camp Cottage Tangui.When we were here, there is only one that appears even Orang Utan feeding ranger who has prepared several baskets of bananas.When we would return to Kumai, the journey by boat we saw two wild orangutans who were playing on the riverbank.Two orangutans seemed frightened to see our boats, and slowly they move away from the riverbank.
Observe animal life in TN Tanjung Putting is clearly different from the zoo.Sekonyer by boat down the River klotok and overnight on the boat.Enjoying a quiet setting in the middle of the jungle, the air is fresh and far from pollution, makes me forget time, forget the day and it turned out we had to go back to civilization after spending 3 days 2 nights at the Tanjung Putting.

Tips Seeing Orangutans;

1.As a visitor, do not feed the orangutans at the National Park, because it can make them spoiled and lazy to find their own food.

2.Orangutans seem appear calm and docile.It makes visitors off guard, avoid touching or too close reach.Able to break the grip of his hand a human bone.

3.Avoid wearing jewelry, carrying a bag containing the valuables, and bring food because it can be seized by an orangutan.Should be entrusted to the officer or left at the boat.

4.Try to be accompanied by a Ranger / officer at the time of trekking or witnessing the process of “Feeding Time”