The Village of Merabu, East Borneo’s village forest

The karst peninsula in East Kalimantan is one of the largest untouched areas of watershed in the world, the formation of the karstic outcrops, is totally undiscovered, due it’s infrastructure and rough terrain. The amazing limestone forest is home to rare bads, and not to forget orangutans, and other wildlife creatures. The unique flora and fauna of the limestone forest and karts crops with beautiful views from the tops, over an inhabitant area covered with an emerald jungle, explore the caves with historic signs of the Dayak tribes who may ever habituated the area, can’t held an emotional feeling behind for those with interest in geology.

The Karst of East Kalimantan Province, Indonesia at the foot of Wehea Park has an amazing Flora and Fauna, the Tropical Rainforest, and low-land rain forest, an inland belt of gentle limestone walls standing more than a few hundred meters right in the sky, over ranges of a few kilometers long, and forming one of the last undiscovered dark jungle’s of Borneo.  The wild life is exotic, orangutan, only found at Sumatra and Borneo, along with the endemic proboscis monkeys, and other forest denizens including clouded leopard, leaf monkey, macaque, pangolin anteater, tiny tarsier, lizards, crocodiles, pythons and more than 600 bird spieces as the most famous Sun Birds, pheasants, Kakatua, and Hornbills.

ABOVE LEFT: A hand print from cave paintings in Merabu village. © Herlina Hartanto; ABOVE RIGHT: Villager Bong Yang weaving a basket at the village of Long Okeng in Berau. © Bridget Besaw

Borneo travelers will have an unforgettable experience trip in Indonesia, however, it is designed for those who are adventurous in body and spirit. Isolated between a small river and a fortress of karst pinnacles, the Dayak Lebo villagers of Merabu never worried much about politics or the outside world. In 2014, they became the first village in Berau District to gain official recognition of their village forest, an important step towards securing the rights of indigenous communities. As part of their new forest management plan, Merabu has also opened its doors to ecotourism – an activity they are particularly well-positioned to provide.

The jagged limestone forest in their backyard is one of the least-explored and least-accessible regions in Kalimantan, meaning its wildlife has largely been spared from over hunting. Orangutan dwells in the lowlands while clouded leopard prowl the mountainsides. From the village you can arrange multiday expeditions to Lake Tebo, deep in the interior, or spend an afternoon climbing to Puncak Ketepu to whet your appetite before plunging into the vivid turquoise waters of Nyadeng spring. The drawcard site, however, is Beloyot, a cliff-side cavern full of stencilled handprints thousands of years old, accessed by a half-day trek worthy of Indiana Jones (bring a torch).

The ecological wealth that survives deep within the Karst limestone forest as one of the last unexplored jungle in Indonesia, we now can serve for the adventurous travellers. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of the Kalimantan Island!

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