Selasa, 31 Januari 2012

Rimba Orang Utanpromotion : Eco Lodge, Sekonyer River, Kumai, Central Borneo

By Dian Hasan | July 21, 2010 from  :

The “Klotok” traditional wooden boat that meanders through the calm river with nothing but the lush rainforest jungle accompanied by the soundtrack of nature.

Arguably, Indonesia’s tourism industry might not be as well developed as some of her Southeast Asian neighbors, and that is of course not due to a lack of attractions. After all, Indonesia is home to Bali, her crown jewel tourism magnet. Indonesia’s entire modern tourism industry seemingly is centered on Bali, leaving other areas relatively undeveloped.
In the past, such condition may have been considered to be behind the times, but in the advent of raised awareness regarding sustainability and eco-consciousness, this is Indonesia’s blessing. For this vast archipelago, with the world’s second richest rainforest biodiversity after the Amazonis most probably the world’s last eden! An endangered eden that is fast disappearing. And it’s up to us all to strive for a sustainable development that champions economic progress without compromising natural resources for future generations.
It is outside Bali, in the unexplored corners of Sumatra, Borneo and Eastern Indonesia, where Indonesia’s greatest gift to mankind is being conserved – her fauna and flora. The Komodo ”dragon” monitor lizardOrangutanJava RhinoSumatran ElephantRhino and Tiger are just some of the more famous residents – whose habitat can only be found in Indonesia. The fate and survival of these endangered species depend on the global community coming together with the right initiatives.

Rimba Lodge’s main bungalow where Julia Roberts stayed while filming the 1993 PBS Documentary: “In the Wild: Orangutans with Julia Roberts”

Rimba Lodge, the perfect gathering place, where man and primate interact.
Ecotourism is one way, in which these efforts are executed, raising awareness of the animals’ plight, and helping generate much-needed revenue to help with conservation efforts, while practicing responsible tourism.
Eco Lodges Indonesia (ELI) is a pioneering, ecotourism provider operating in an emerging economy, with a focus on biodiversity conservation and enhancement of local community livelihoods. Eco Lodges Indonesia runs four ecolodges in Indonesia’s major National Parks, and partakes in the protection of these endangered animals. The other objective is to improve the livelihoods of local communities where the properties are located.
Eco Lodges Indonesia is one of the first to pursue international sustainable tourism certification in Indonesia, and is committed to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals through their ecotourism investments and operations.

Rimba Orang Utan Eco Lodge, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan

Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge is located adjacent to Tanjung Puting National Park and on the edge of the Sekonyer river in Kalimantan (Borneo).
The Lodge is only accessible by boat from the port of Kumai. Arriving at the Lodge jetty in the middle of the forest is an unforgettable experience, likened to expeditions deep in Africa or Brazilian Amazon. The jetty connects to all rooms, the reception area, office and restaurant by a series of covered boardwalks.
The Lodge provides a base from which you can explore the surrounding rainforest and Tanjung Puting National Park. Take a walk from your room along the bird walk, hear the plaintive cry of Gibbons, early birdsong and the resident Macaque monkey troop from your comfortable room, set right on the edge of the gently flowing Sekonyer river.
From the Lodge you travel by klotok (wooden boats)  upstream, surrounded by rainforest, to a number of feeding stations in the Tanjung Puting National Park, the most famous of which is Camp Leakey, established in 1971 by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas (founder of Orangutan Foundation International), a student of Professor Louis Leakey, together with Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey. Dr Gladikas is considered as the world’s leading authority on the study of Orangutans.
As you walk through the rainforest you often see orangutans and at Camp Leakey you sometimes see gibbons as well as many butterflies and birds. At the feeding stations you’ll be able to see these amazing primates up close. There are also opportunities to take a night safari to see tarsiers, glowing mushrooms, fireflies and perhaps owls. Other wildlife to be seen in the area are 9 other primate species, crocodiles, butterflies and rare birds such as Storms stork.
The lodge has 35 rooms: 15 Emerald, 6 Sapphire and 14 Ruby. All rooms have mosquito drapes and repellent, fans, double or twin beds, western shower and toilets. Emerald rooms have air conditioning and hot water.

Leeping Proboscis monkeys greet visitors enroute to Rimba Lodge. Locals call them “Monyet Belanda (Dutchman Monkey” for its long nose.

Eco Lodge Indonesia operates all their properties in accordance to the “six pillars of eco tourism” as suggested by The University of Western Sydney:
1. Depends on the natural environment
2. Ecologically sustainable
3. Proven to contribute to conservation
4. Features an environmental training program
5. Incorporates cultural considerations
6. Provides a net economic return to the local community.
The company’s four Eco Lodges emphasize wildlife conservation and improving the livelihoods of local communities where the properties are located. Conservation projects associated with the Eco Lodges make regular contributions to protecting the wildlife.
Eco Lodges will also address the education and training needs of the protected areas of the Ecolodges’ immediate vicinity:

The trip from Kamai port to Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting is half the adventure, akin to cruising rivers in the jungles of Africa or the Amazon.

Scenes from Orangutan feeding station at Camp Leakey, a short boat ride from Rimba Lodge.

Jumat, 27 Januari 2012

PROMOSION : Muara Teweh at the Border of Central Kalimantan

Muarateweh is a quite busy and big town for a far upstream located place along the Barito River, as it is the connecting point to several destinations. A busy terminal serves both river and land communications, while a air-strip serve several routes in South Kalimantan. The longhouse of Makonjun stands in Makonjun village, can be reached in two hours by motorized-canoe from Muara Teweh. The longhouse was built almost 100 years ago, and has a lenght of about 100 meters.   Buntok is the capital of the Barito Selatan regency. If you are in Buntok you may have time to visit Liang Saragi, a attractive cave with 17 tunnels. 
Tour Destinbation : 
MuaraTeweh, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Main Interest & Things to do :
Buntok sits on the road junction between Banjarmasin, in From Buntok, one can visit Liang Saragi, a cave with 17tunnels. It is very attractive cave and is much visited by the people. It is a located in Tamiang Layang a small town in the Dusun Timur district bordering the province of South Kalimantan. 
Attractive hot-water-spring are found in Ampah, 70 kilometers from Buntok Tanjung. Liang Ayah is nearby. 
Lake Melawen is five kilometers away from Buntok, near the airstrip. Small motorboats are available for boating or fishing. Melawen can be reached From Palangkaraya or Banjarmasin. It can also be reached by sailing up the Barito river while enjoying the scenery. The lake is a popular holiday resort. 
The longhouse of Makonjun stands in Makonjun village, Lahei district, not far from Muaralahai. It can be reached by motorboat from Muarateweh in two hours. The iron-wood house was built in 1930. It is 100 meters long. The Makonjun longhouse is quite modern as Dayak longhouses go. 
In Purukcahu, on the Barito river, the houses are built in a row alongside the river. The scenery around this town is beautiful and the air is fresh. A sign at the port says Welcome to Purukcahu. 
For those interested in history and culture there are the house of Temanggung Suropati and the grave of H.M. Seman. One can see the longhouses at Kunut Paraci, and Orung Apat in the Tanahsiang district. There is also the Fort of Beras Kuning, in the Murung district. 
The waterfalls of Koloubesar and Poran are found not far from Purukcahu. The wildlife reserves Bararawan I and II in the area are very attractive. 

Culture : 
Dayak Ot Danum, Dayak Ngaju

Flora & Fauna : 
Low land Tropical Rainforest and Wild life

Tour Starting Point :
 Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Tour Transport Possibilities : 
Public transport facilities like boats and buses are availeble

Tour Ending Point : 
Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Travel Distance to enry point :

Tour Duration :
Short Get Through Visit 3 to 4 Days

Accommodations & Hotels : 
 Simple Hotels, Local houses, jungle camp

Grade : Usual

Selasa, 17 Januari 2012

Tumbang Malahui Dayak Culture Longhouse Tours

The longhouse at Tumbang Malahui, in the Rungan district with it's length of 30 meters and walls of tree bark give an expression. In front of the Longhouse a sandang statue can be found.
The place can be reached from Palangkaraya overland up to Tangkiling, then over the river to Timbering Jatuh, Rungan district to continue to Timbering Malahui, which takes about two hours.

A trip from Tangkiling to Timbering Jatuh, takes 10 hours by klotok boat and three hours by speedboat.
An old boat, or banama, believed to have once belonged to the Banjar kingdom, is found on the Parigi river, a tributary of the Kahayan, at Kantan, Pandih Batu, Kapuas regency. The length of the boat is 30 meters and the width eight meters. Other antiquities can be found around.

Tour Destination :
 Tumbang Malahui, Tangkiling National Park, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Main Interest & Things to do :Jungle trek Tangkiling National Park in the upper reaches of the Kahayan river, Rungan River and Katingan River, a sandung and a sapunduk, wooden structures in which the ashes of the dead are kept.

Sapunduk is a statue which serves as pillar. This pillar is also used to tie buffaloes during certain ceremonie. 
The longhouse at Tumbang Malahui, in the Rungan district, was built in 1911 by Ongko Uwan, together with six of his relatives and son-in-law, assisted by 400 workers. 
The length of the house is 30 meters. The walls are made of tree bark, and the pillar is called bakas or sulung.

Culture : 
Dayak Ot Danum, Dayak Ngaju

Flora & Fauna : Low land Tropical Rainforest and Wild life

Tour Starting Point : Palangkaraya

Tour Transport Possibilities : Public transport facilities like boats and buses are availeble

Ending Point :  Palangkaraya

Travel Distance to entry point : 350km

Tour Duration :  Short Get Through Visit 3 to 4 Days

Accommodation & Hotels : Simple Hotels, Local houses, jungle camp

Tour Grade :  Usual

Sabtu, 07 Januari 2012

Dayak City at The Coast of Kalimantan


Sampit along the Sampit river, is the biggest timber port in Kalimantan and Indonesia.
Pasir Putih Beach near Sampit is a pleasant and beautiful recreation area. 
In Sabangau Bay, one can go fishing, boating, or engage in other activities.
Pandaran Beach is a park on the seaside at the mouth of the Sampit river. 
It is quite unlike most other resorts in the area. Standing in the middle of the park,
one see to one's north the river emptying its water into the sea.
To the south is the wide expanse of the Java Sea

Tour Destination : Sampit, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Main Interest & Things to do : 
City Tour
Recommended visit time for Sampit is 1 day.

Culture :  Dayak Ot Danum, Dayak Ngaju

Flora & Fauna :  Low land Tropical Rainforest and Wild life

Tour Starting Point :  Palangkaraya or Pangkalanbun at Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Tour Transport Possibilities : Public transport facilities like boats and buses are availeble

Tour Ending Point : Palangkaraya or Pangkalanbun, Central Kalimantan, Indoensia

Travel Distance to enry point : 250km

Tour Duration : Short Get Through Visit 1 to 3 Days

Accommodation &
 Hotels : Simple Hotels, Local houses, jungle camp

Grade :