about Klimantan means talking about the ingenious Dayak tribe
and the rainforest. The Dayak people lives in the hinterland
and in long houses. It is customary for them to live with a
whole extended family or with one lan. Each family has their
own compartment and the chief of the clan will occupy the central
chamber. The Dayak house offers protection from enemies, wild
animals and flooding. The space beneath the house is used a
stable for keeping their domestic animals, such as pigs and
body is usually decorated with intricate tattoo, and it is interesting
to notice that they have stretched ear lobes because of the
weight of heavy gold rings. They love colorful beads, which
applied on their apparels, basket, or other jewelries. To make
medicines or potions, a Dayak healer has to walk or journey
by boat for miles away to find leafs, roots or other distinctive
herb. The tropical forest can provide it, because it has hundreds
various species. That is why, taking care of the environment
and natural resources is part of their life.
on history, the first Indonesia kingdom started from this island.
The Kutai is the oldest kingdom of Indonesia and Kudungga is
the 1st King. At present, Kalimantan is administratiely divided
into four provinces: West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South
Kalimantan and East Kalimantan.
Habitat for Orangutans
Puting National Park, located at Central Kalimantan around Sekonyer
River is the home of the Orangutans, Proboscis monkey and seven
other primate species. This park is the rehabilitation center
for Orangutans, with more than 60 rangers and administrators
employed by the Indonesian Government. They conduct research
and also guide visitors who visit this park.
Orangutan rehabilitation includes day-to-day care of all animals
at the post, including health conditions monitoring, giving
treatment for sick and injured primates. There are three separate
rehabilitation camps: Tanjung Harapan is the medical center,
which gives treatment for the sick or wounded Orangutans. For
general health check, they do it at Pondok Tanggul and Camp
visiting the national park, you must prepare yourself. You must
make two photocopies of your passport and four passport size
photographs. When you arrive at Pangkalan Bun, you have to register
to the local police. You can spend a night at Pangkalan Bun
if you want to. Still in Pangkalan Bun, your next stop will
be at PKA office to obtain park visit permits. You must give
two photographs. After all the administration done, you can
arrange a kelotok riverboat and through Sekonyer river, you
will reach the first post: Tanjung Harapan. The journey takes
about two and half hours. Keep and use the kelotok or speedboat
for travel in and out the park.
Tanjung Putting, Bulungan is an interesting place for people
who love adventure. With the scenery of the beautiful jungle
and mountain, this place also has historic value, ancient remains,
art collections and traditional ceremonies.
you want to fulfill your curiosity of the life of the Dayak
people, Tanjung Isuy is the place. This little settlement is
around lake Jempang at the hinterland of East Kalimantan. The
Dayaks will greet you with their traditional Benuaq Dayak welcome.
Through the Mahakam river, the journey will be long enough,
since it is the longest river in Kalimantan. You would not regret
it because you will pass the floating villages and the panorama
of the forest. Hopefully you may be lucky to see a Belian (witch
doctor), dressed in his leaves skirt, healing his patients.
Usually this ritual will be at night with a special performance
to their ancestors.
of The TurtlesBring your diving gear if you want to see rare
species deep in the sea around Derawan island. From Tanjung
Redep or Tarakan, it takes three hours by boat. You can see
green turtles, scarlet turtles, star fruit turtles, sea cows
and many colorful coral reefs. You can also see the location
of pearl divings.
Take a deep breath, smell the scent of the green forest, hear
the song of nature, see the rainbow colors of the coral reefs.