The World’s Capital of Orangutan
Located in Kotawaringin Barat Regency, Kalimantan Tengah (Central Borneo) Province, Indonesia, Tanjung Puting destination refers to the name of the world famous National Park, one of the biggest habitats for the only great ape of Asia – the orangutans.It is also refered to as “The world’s capital of orangutans” by Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas – The World’s Eminent Orangutan Scientist and President of Orangutan Foundation International (OFI).
The main activity and destination for tourists in Tanjung Puting National Park is to go on relaxing river cruises up the Sekonyer River to witness wonderful sights such as proboscis monkeys, fire flies, kingfishers, crocodiles, song birds and of course the majestic orangutans who live wild in the National Park. The past decade has seen an increase in visitors to the National Park, bringing much needed income to the area.
Since the World Great Apes Conference in 1991, the tourism market demand and number of visitors significantly increased, especially in the last 10 (ten) years, and has made Tanjung Puting as the most visited destination by international visitors in Indonesian Borneo.
A few notable visits from famous celebrities to Tanjung Puting National Park have helped increase its popularity. Also, several world class documentaries and movies have been produced, highlighting the importance of the orangutans and the beauty of this park.
Julia Roberts visited in 1997, The National Geographic Cruise (2011 – present), President Bill Clinton (2014), and Born To Be Wild movie produced by Warner Bros and Imax 3D in 2010, have prominently boosted the number of international tourists to come and visit the area.