Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Borneo boat tour to see Orangutans


Orangutans are some of the most intelligent primates in the world. They are exclusive. Travelling Asia to Malaysia and Borneo (Kalimantan), Indonesia in South-East Asia. They are gorgeous and really wonderful to observe and I was lucky enough to do just.

My partner and I hired a boat and cruised down the Sekonyer River to reach Tanjung Puting National Park to see an Orangutan feeding at the famous Camp Leakey.

We flew from Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, into Pangkalanbun airport, Borneo, were picked up at the airport and driven to the ferry point where we were then shown to our own private boat and commenced to cruise for 3 days (2 nights) along the River Sekonyer, stopping at various spots to view Orangutan feeding spots in order to observe the beautiful animals.

Of course I make this sound as if it went extremely smoothly, the reality was slightly different. Our flight at the early hours of the morning was delayed by nearly an hour, we drove around for a very long time trying to get signal for the credit card machine to make payment and had actually expected to be on a boat with other people. But once away none of that mattered in the slightest.

The experience was amazing and so beautiful to see. We were lucky and saw the all different sizes of the primates, babies still clutching to swinging mothers, teenagers skulking along behind or in front of mum and even the area Alpha- Tom, a huge Orangutan who was the area’s dominant male.

The river was calm and the rainforest full of life. Motoring down the river we saw various lovely birds, bats, fireflies and the Proboscis Monkey- renown for their exceptionally big noises! Unfortunately my photos do not do this part of the journey justice.

The boat crew were incredibly kind and attentive, cooking us vast amounts of food that was as delicious as it was abundant.

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