Places we are loving | Kalimantan, Borneo
Kalimantan – the wild and little travelled Indonesian part of Borneo – is an incredible destination to explore. Lush jungle teeming with wildlife, snaking rivers set against a green mountainous backdrop, and the colorful culture of the local Dayak people, provide amazing opportunities for nature and culture discovery.
Kalimantan takes over 73% of Borneo, a huge land rich in natural resources and wildlife, but also an endangered land where rainforests are being cut and degraded for timber, palm oil, pulp, rubber and minerals. Luckily, there are still protected areas, sustainable livelihoods programs, and social enterprises; this is still the best place in the world to see wild orangutans and experience the rainforest.
There are few roads inland, and many are little more than dirt tracks once you get to the countryside: the great rivers are the main highways into the interior here. Imagine a traditional Kalimantan barge converted into a comfortable cruise boat, untouched forested landscape, and the beautiful flora and fauna all around. Even better, imagine having the trip of a lifetime while making a difference to the community and environment through a social enterprise and the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s adoption program.
We are excited and proud to be teaming with such a company, Wow Borneo, a pioneer into the introduction of tourism into Central Kalimantan, and a business that benefits local communities and the environment.
Board luxurious river cruise boats to discover beautiful forest lined rivers, the wildlife and Dayak culture. Specially guided and fully catered cruises take you into areas which enable you to learn about and observe the iconic orangutan in their natural habitat. These wonderful cruises offer comfortable cabins, delicious food created from local ingredients and great service. Although easily accessible from Jakarta International airport, they are exclusive and away from the crowds: on the Rungan River seeing the BOS orangutan islands; on the Katingan River in the Sebangau National Park; and on the Sekonyer River in the better known Tanjung Puting National Park.