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Kutai NP – Meeting wild orang utans

The first item on our travel agenda for Kalimantan was the Kutai NP, a 2,000 km² protected rainforest with an estimated orang utan population of 600. Only a tiny fraction of the park is open to visitors, allowing them to stay at one of the 2 rooms at the ranger station which is reachable with a 20 minute boat ride from the outskirts of Sangatta. The best way to go is to call the senior ranger Mr. Supiani beforehand, asking him about the conditions. The accommodation is nice, visitors are asked to bring their own food and water for the stay

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Kutai NP – Boat trip to the delta

On our last day in Kutai NP, we joined another couple for a boat ride to the Sangatta river delta. It’s possible to see proboscis monkeys on the trip, the ones with the funny noses, but unfortunately, we didn’t see any. Nevertheless, the trip was fantastic, even though the small wooden motorboat proved not to be very comfortable for a 6 hour boat ride. During the trip, the shore of the river changed from rainforest to mangroves. We did see lots of makak monkeys, a crocodile, and several lizards. And going through the city of Sangatta was a lot of

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Kutai NP – Day and night hikes

During our 3 days at Kutai NP we did several hikes in the morning to meet orang utans and one night hike to to spot insects. While unfortunately most of the forest is not primary growth due to bush fires in the 1980s and 1990s, there is still lush wild life in abundance. Next to the orang utans the park is famous for, we saw beautiful animals, plants, flowers, and insects. During the day, we saw more plants and flowers, while at night the insects came out and our awesome guide Udin spotted several birds sleeping on the branches on

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