The Best Way to See Tanjung Puting National Park – Are you ready for klotoklag?

The other day I was invited to attend Familiarization Trip Tanjung Puting National Park.Β It was AMAZING!!!

By far the best way to see Tanjung Puting National Park is by hiring a klotok for a few days or more. It serves as your transportation, accommodation and restaurant.

At night the crew moor the boat well away from settlements, allowing passengers to enjoy the sunsets, fireflies, and wildlife in peace. Sleep on mattresses on the upper or lower deck, wake to the haunting cries of gibbons at dawn and watch for the telltale splash of big crocodile.

You can wash from the dock at the river pool at Camp Leakey, but avoid contact with the contaminated waters of Sekonyer river. Mercury used in the gold mining upstream at Aspai is dumped directly into the river.

Plan for at least three days or more on the river. That way you can work your way slowly up the river to various stations. Allow time to explore the forest reserves around the rehabilitation camps and plan your river movements for dawn or dusk, when various primates come down to the river’s edge.

The park has certain rules of conduct that are imperative for the health of the ecosystems and their inhabitants. Another word of warning is do not swim in the river anywhere in the park. Especially at Camp Leakey; it may be tempting to take a dip to cool off, but there are plenty of crocodiles lurking in the murky waters. Several years ago a British volunteer worker was killed when taking a swim just off the Tanjung Puting dock. Stay on the dock during your bath.

Klotoks or boats are in high demand in July and August and around school and public holidays.

The whole klotoking experience certainly took me out of my daily routine. It was grand, spectacular, exotic, and quite romantic.

A big thank you to Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy,, Vicky, Elsa, M. Rahman and the others for the excellent trip.

Happy Green Travels!

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