from the noise of the fan overhead, there is no denying you are in the midst of nature’s wonder.
There is no phone signal or Wi-Fi – something most city slickers will abhor initially but should relish within 24 hours.
The menu offers locally grown ingredients in freshly prepared delicious Indonesian dishes at mealtimes – but be warned they like their spices! And when not at the lodge, the cuisine is also first-rate on the klotoks, where on-board chefs prepare excellent spreads, as the competition to be the top chef on the Sekonyer river is fierce.
The food served on the Rimba Princess klotok is prepared by the Eco lodge chef, so you can be sure it’s sustainably sourced as well as tasty. The management also has plans to work alongside the local deforestation foundation, Friends of the National Forest, who in an attempt to persuade villagers against selling their land to palm oil plantations, are offering incentives to raise cows and grow organic produce. The Rimba Lodge will be purchasing this to serve to guests.
These initiatives to educate the local community about the importance of maintaining and protecting the rainforest are vital in the fight against deforestation. The stunning scenery and wildlife are at risk of disappearing for ever. Across the globe an area of rainforest the size of a football pitch is destroyed every second, and Kalimantan has lost more than half of its lush, green woods already.
With orangutans only reproducing once every seven to eight years, giving birth to only one child each time, the consequences of this huge threat to their livelihood are clear. Their population grows very slowly, and even if given the chance, they will take a long time to recover.
As a tourist to one of the most remote areas left in the world, you will not be disappointed. Although somewhat stripped of luxuries, it is instead abundant with the beauty of nature and by visiting this faraway land of monkeys and fireflies, forest and macaques, tourists can help replace the lure of ill-practised palm oil production and illegal logging with sustainable tourism.
This is the kind of holiday where the sounds of the orangutans slipping through the rustling trees above as the insects hum will forever be etched into your memory.