Sebangau National Park, Central Kalimantan

In less than two hours, you can fly from the bustle of Jakarta to the fringe of Sebangau in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, world-famous for its orang-utans.  The Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan is one of the last remaining peat swamp forests in Borneo. The vast national park covering approximately 568,700 hectare is home to over 6,000 orangutans, forming one of the world’s largest populations in the wild.

If you are limited for time, consider a day trip exploring the Koran River. Visit to Sebangau National park for trekking at Sungai Koran for 2 hours. Sungai Koran can be visited from Palangkaraya all the way to the river will be treated to views of typical forest ecosystems peat swamps tropical is in the form of the rivers dark reddish brown. Sungai Koran presents a lot of special natural beauty of peat swamp forest ecosystem visitors who enters this area can feel and experience the adventure with trekking in the path of vegetation and wildlife observation.

Amidst the peat swamp forests, the National Park also offers beautiful scenery of pristine hills. From the top of Bukit Batu or Rock Hill, one overlooks the Sebangau National Park and all its fascinating scenery.

A long and challenging trek is available at Bukit Bulan or the Moon Hill. As trekkers make their way up the hill, they will be presented with refreshing trails along the Sungai Bulan, or Moon River. A unique ecosystem of peat swamp and granite rocks is observable at Bukit Kaki or Foot Hill. The granite rocks cause a dry environment, and thus the trees are different from those in the surrounding environment.

In the Sebangau National park are also crystal clear, refreshing, fresh water lakes. These lakes are also habitat to various species of fish and other distinct flora and fauna, and are the best place to watch nature‘s process at its finest. These magnificent lakes are known as Bulat Lake (Round Lake), Punggualas Lake, Jalan Pangen Lake, and Panjang Lake (Long Lake).

How to get there

From Palangkaraya Airport it is only 10 minutes to Kereng Bangkirai port, where you can visit the offices of Sebangau National Park.

45 minutes on a motorised boat to get to the forest. You can explore by going on guided treks, canoeing and swimming in the pristine waters. There is an eco-jungle camp where you can stay in cabins overnight. Cabins sleep a maximum of six people.

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