Tanjung Puting National Park Birding

Duration: 04 Days/03 Nights

Grade: Easy

banded woodpeckerTanjung Puting National Park is one of the natural wonders of the world. It is covered by a complex mosaic of diverse lowland habitats contains another 3,040 km2  of low lying swampy terrain punctuated by blackwater rivers which flow into the Java Sea. Tanjung Puting is the habitat of the only Asian Great Ape (Orangutans) and also boasts the bizarre looking proboscis monkey with its disproportionate nose as well as seven other primate species, clouded leopards, civets, and Malayan sun bears cavort in the national park, as do mousedeers, barking deers, sambar deers, and the wild cattle. The national park hosts over 230 species of birds including the special birds like; Bornean Bristlehead, Garnet Pitta, Great Argus and Bulwer Pheasants, Storm’s Stork, Crested Fireback, Banded Woodpecker, Black and Rhinoceros Hornbills, Rofous-tailed Shama, Black and white bul-bul, and Wallace’s Hawk-Eagle.

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN PANGKALAN BUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Meet at airport and directly transfer to Kumai village for boarding the houseboat to Tanjung Puting National Park. The houseboat is a traditional wooden river boat with roof forms the upper deck where you can view the rainforest as it glides by. The boat crew including the boatman, cook and expert guide. In the peaceful afternoon, we will slowly explore the quite river by the houseboat while observing the primates and birds along the riverside, such as racket tailed drongo, little green and pink necked pigeons, spotted dove, stork billed kingfisher, herons, kinds of bul-bul, etc. Lunch, dinner and staying overnight on houseboat. (L,D)

Day 02 TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Early morning, we will proceed to Pesalat station which is inhabited by species of birds such as greater and lesser coucals, kinds of bul-bul, chestnut bellied and raffless malkohas, bristlehead, red throated barbet, hooded and garnet pittas, sunda pygmy and banded woodpeckers, minivet, leafbird, babblers, flowerpeckers, trogons, bulwer’s pheasant, asian paradised flycatchers, etc. Next, boarding the houseboat for cruising upward the creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rainforest. At this station, we will visit the feeding station to see rehabilitated orangutans are given additional foods. Afterwards, cruising downward the river into Pondok Ambung Station for staying overnight on the houseboat. During the boating, we will have opportunity to spot some birds on riverside such as stork billed and blue eared kingfishers, black and red broadbills, rhinoceros, black, and oriental pied hornbills, storm’s stork, etc. If the weather is good, we can do a night trekking to explore nocturnal animals such as tarantula and species of birds. Lunch, dinner and staying overnight on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 03 TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Early morning, we will proceed to the birding spot on Pondok Ambung Station which is inhabited by species of birds such as greater and lesser coucals, kinds of bul bul, chestnut bellied and raffless malkohas, red throated barbet, hooded and garnet pittas, sunda pygmy and banded woodpeckers, minivet, leafbird, babblers, flowerpeckers, trogons, asian paradised flycatchers, etc. Lunch will be served on boat while sighting wild animals and birds along the riverside. Next, we will depart to Tanjung Harapan Feeding Station for viewing the feeding process of orangutans. Back to the houseboat for enjoying the natural river view cruising. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 04 TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – DEPARTURE

Breakfast at houseboat and cruising the Sekonyer river while exploring the wildlife and birds on riverside and then return to Kumai port to catch the car for driving to Pangkalan Bun airport for your flight next destination.(B)

Included:

  • AC land transportation
  • Houseboat in Tanjung Puting
  • Accommodation for 03 Nights at houseboat in Tanjung Puting
  • Entrance fee, donation & refreshments
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)

Excluded:

  • Airfares
  • Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
  • Personal expenses