Pondok Tangui – Tanjung Harapan – Dinner with Fireflies Tour – 1 Day
Discover the endangered Orangutans and surrounding wildlife with a visit to Pondok Tanggui feeding station within Tanjung Puting National Park. Watch orangutans’ complex behavior. You will also have the option to see the devastating effects of palm oil plantation. Follow the path to Tanjung Harapan, another release site and feeding station. Explore the local village. Dine onboard our “klotok” and admire the fireflies in the Nipah Palms.
Start your day with an early breakfast and travel upstream onboard our “klotok” or traditional riverboat to Pondok Tangui, the second established orangutan rehabilitation center. Walk through deep forest to the feeding station and observe orangutans’ behavior in the wild.
At around 09:00, rangers supplement the primates’ diet with coconut milk and bananas. Query your guide and learn more about the alpha male and the other members. On your way back to the boat, look for giant squirrels, wild pigs and glorious butterflies. From the dock area, you have the option to proceed on a 2 Km walk to see a Palm Oil plantation; then return to the lodge for lunch. At around around 14:00 you proceed to Tanjung Harapan another rehabilitation center. Tanjung Harapan hosts the Park Management facility and was initially the former village site. Sit and simply enjoy the majestic primates and hopefully meet the alpha male and learn more about orangutans’ behavior.
You might then decide to visit the Sekonyer Village across the river and get an insight of the villagers’ daily life. Return to the lodge, freshen up and get ready for a dinner cruise aboard our “klotok”. A suitable spot will be found for dinner on the boat as you proceed downstream into the area of fireflies. Admire the magical spectacle of fireflies in the Nipah palms or the reflecting moon on the river.
Ucok Hakim was born in Kumai, Central Kalimantan (Borneo) and was educated in Pangkalan Bun where attended primary and secondary school. In his spare time, he studied and qualified in Accountancy. He joined Ecolodges Indonesia in 2006 as restaurant staff but worked his way up and is now Assistant Manager. During this process, he came to love and study the wildlife in The Tandjung Puting National park and soon became an expert guide. Now Ucok or Hakim is a member of The Guides Association and well known throughout the world (see Reports on Trip Advisor and other websites) through the groups has guided and helped through Ecosafari Indonesia. He is the Head of our Guides at The Rimba Lodge and is used extensively by primate and birding groups.