Kalimantan occupies the southern 73% of biodiverse land in Borneo, Asia’s largest island, which is shared with the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak and the small nation of Brunei. Best known for its unique and endangered wildlife, abundant biodiversity, mysterious and remote rainforests and quiet islands and beaches; if you’re looking for an adventure amongst nature, then Kalimantan should be on your radar.
Home to the famed orangutan amongst other fascinating plant and wildlife and endangered species, there are many protected areas that allow you to witness these beautiful creatures. Tanjung National Park is one of the best places to do so in Kalimantan’s centre, providing a close-up experience where you can venture to the depths of the jungle to spot orangutans, clouded leopards, sun bears and exotic birdlife just to name a few.
In the West, journey along the Kapuas river, Indonesia’s largest river, discovering tribal villages and Dayak longhouses along the banks. Head to the North and East for the best-preserved forests, home to the Dayak people, one of the most fascinating indigenous cultures in Indonesia, or visit Balikpapan for vibrant city life. Here you’ll also find one of the newest national park areas, Sebuku Sembakung, which is the only place in Kalimantan where you will find wild elephants, amongst many diverse areas of land, including hilly terrain, mangroves and verdant forests.
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